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REVIEW : The Last Thing You Said : Sara Biren

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Title: The Last Thing You Said 

Author: Sara Biren

Release Date: April 4th 2017

Format: E Arc

Publisher: Amulet Books

Page Count : 320

Genre : Young Adult , Contemporary ,Romance, grief 

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

I struggled a little with my rating here. BUT I think I figured it all out! I tore through this book in one day! I was super invested in the story and the characters. Losing friends young is very hard. I lost family and friends young. One of my long time friends when I was just a senior in high school. So this book called to me right away.

We are dealing with two people at different stages in their grief. Lucy lost Trixie her best friend as if that isn’t painful enough she loses Ben as well. The love of her life and Trixies brother. He is alive but is unable to be around her now. Lucy is at the point where she is sad and missing her best friend every day but she knows that she needs to get moving. That living is what Trixie would have wanted. She meets a boy Simon and that’s really where everything changes for her.
Ben goes bat shit crazy in the wake of his sister’s death. He is harboring guilt because he thinks if he had been paying attention to his sister and not Lucy she would be alive. He hates the world and everything in it. He attacks Lucy with that hate every chance he gets. Bens grief is the kind I understand. I loved that he was angry and reckless. I loved that he cursed like a sailor and acted out sexually. It felt very real to me. Don’t get me wrong I was yelling at the book, begging him to get his shit together! That is the point though he invoked a real feeling within me.
Lucy was also a beautiful character. She has made a new friend named Hannah who is trying to help her deal with the grief. I loved their friendship so much. I loved that Hannah wanted to know Trixie. That she treated her with respect even though she was gone. I loved all the female friendships in this book!

” Be really brave. BRB – our code.”

That sums up how amazing Trixie and these relationships are.

Now on to my issues. Simon the boy Lucy begins dating to try and move on from Ben. He seems extremely sweet and it’s so clear at times he loves her in a way. I also felt some off things about him. Maybe he capitalized on grief a little. I don’t know if that was intentional because it wasn’t addressed. He also throws something very personal in Bens face and that sat very very wrong with me. Simon at the end also faces a grief of his own and I didn’t think that was needed. SPOLIERISH? I hated the kind of stress that added to Lucy. Simon and all his flaws was there for her during her grief and she just left him. It did not sit well with me. BUT my conflicting feelings on Simon the ones that think he was using her grief make me think that is why she left him in his time of need. (I don’t mean she should have stayed with him by any means. Just been a friend)

SO this was my only issue with the story. If you can even call it that.
I really liked this book. I think everyone should read! It dealt with grief in ways we don’t often see in the YA world. It also gave us different manifestations of grief helping show that not everyone grieves the same. It was wonderful. FOUR STAR.

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REVIEW : Geekerella : Ashley Poston

30201136Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Release Date: April 4th 2017

Format: E Arc

Publisher: Quirk Books

Page Count : 320

Genre : Young Adult , Contemporary ,Romance, Retellings, Fairy Tales, Pop Culture, Fandom

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis via Goodreads

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Hello my name is Taylor…and I’m a OBSESSED FANGIRL over this book. I can’t even get myself together to write this review. I am so in love, I am going to go buy every book by Ashley Poston.

OKAY first I loved that it was set in Charleston SC such a beautiful area! Also fangirl moment here Yallfest takes place there and I could so picture the pumpkin going through downtown. Okay back to the review…. This gave me so many happy feels. I related to Elle on so many levels. I spent all of high school with my black glasses, dyed red hair, my miniature dachshund, and everything nerdy thing known to man.

“You’re a good boy, yes you are! Once I save up enough, I’ll spring the both of us out of here. Whatcha think of that, copilot?” His tail pat-pats excitedly in the mud. “I’ll even get us matching sunglasses. The whole nine yards.”

If this is not me I don’t know what is. So Elle has my heart. She was a relatable character that truly had you rooting for her. I loved that she was a writer and blogger. The blogging and vlogging world is so important to me and many other fangirls and boys. So it was really special to see that world portrayed here. 

SAGE my wonderful green haired goddess, I did not know it was possible to relate to so many characters yet here we are. As the B in the LBGTQ I was so here for this character and everything she was! Really one of the best side characters ever. I could go for a book about what comes next for her!

Darien my nerd girl heart! I loved him. I know some guys who look like your typical popular jock, who could never understand fandom’s but that is not always the case ALL people can surprise you. Anyone can be geeky and Darien is no exception. I loved his story and the difference between who he wanted to be verses who the world though he was. 

Excelsicon was done so well. I have always wanted to do a cosplay contest but I can’t sow to save my life! This whole book was geeky wonderfulness! If someone wants to do a movie version i’m here for that! This gave me Cinderella story circa Hilary Duff days! Only 1000 times better because these were characters I could relate too! PEOPLE get your preorder going because it’s so worth it. SO MANY STARS FOR THIS. 

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Favorite Quote and next tattooo! Because OH YES this will be tattooed on my body!

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Review : Goodbye Days : Jeff Zentner


Title:
 Goodbye Days

Author: Jeff Zentner

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Format: E Arc

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Page Count : 416

Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, AMAZING 

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis via Goodreads

Can a text message destroy your life?

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.

Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?

Stop what you are doing and go order this book! It needs to be read! I read this a few weeks ago as an Arc and WOW. This is one of the books that could change someone’s life. I mean let’s start with the very first line of the book.

“Depending on who — sorry, whom– you ask, I may have killed my three best friends.”

The book follows Carver Briggs after his three best friends died due to texting and driving. Texting him to be exact. Carver is suffering with feeling responsible for the accident and also learning how to live without them. Carver stuck with his main group, he never really ventured out with other people. We This story took all my emotions and made them mush. I cried a river that’s for sure. To add to all he is going through this is the start of his senior year at his arts high school.

I can’t even chose where to start the characters were so well developed and rich. I felt like I knew every single person at some point in my life. The three characters that passed all show up in different way’s through the story. All in the arts school for different things. The artist, musician, comedian, and of course Carver our writer. Each so individual but so perfect for each other. Through this tragedy we also meet Jesmyn she was the girlfriend of one of his friends Eli who passed. She is a wonderful character. I had a friend pass away my senior year of high school. At the time of his death he had been dating a girl for a short period of time. It was hard for her to figure out where her grief sat compared to ours because of how long he had been a part of our lives. Because of that I was very enthralled by Jesmyn throughout this whole story. She also has synesthesia it causes her to see color to match the sounds she hears. THAT MADE FOR SOME BEAUTIFUL LYRICAL MOMENTS example

“It’s like Eli’s dying broke something in me, and now I have this weird sickly greenish-yellow photo filter over everything I do. It’s horrible to have something I love so much feel so completely wrong.”

We meet all the parents of the deceased. All very different in how they are handling grief. It was heart wrenching. This entire book was heartbreaking. I truly believe it is one of those books every teen should have to read before getting their license. Carver learns that sometimes it isn’t just a text.

“Where are you guys? Text me back.”

Jeff Zentner truly has a beautiful way with words. If I could pick my favorite book to quote ever this might be it. It was written in a way that makes you lose yourself in the words on the page. This book was amazing 5 stars. Please read. PLEASE.

★★★★★★★★★

One of my thousand favorite quotes
“I tell her how every time I said goodbye to him, it cast a faint shadow on my life– muting every color –until I saw him again.”

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Review : You’re Welcome, Universe : Whitney Gardner

25701463Title : You’re Welcome, Universe

Author: Whitney Gardner

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Knopf

Page Count : 304

Genre : Young Adult, Disability, contemporary,

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis Via Goodreads

A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

So many amazing things to say about this! This story is about Julia she is a graffiti artist who turned something ugly into something beautiful on the wall of her High school in order to stand up for her best friend only to have it bite her in the butt. Julia is one of my absolute favorite new characters. She was a supreme bad ass. She has no filter or fear to be herself and I loved that. She is transferred into a mainstream hearing school for the first time in her life. The people around her start treating her like an outcast without even giving her a chance. The only person who wants to get to know her is a girl we know as YP.
I love the friendship that develops between these two girls. I was getting all the bad ass girl power feels while reading this. I really loved the dialogue and interaction between all the characters. It felt very real to how I remember high school being. There is also cursing in this book and I found it refreshing because teens curse at least I know I did.
This book has a lot of diversity and different issues going on in the side story. There is bullying and eating disorders but they don’t drive the story. The exist on the side and don’t get brushed over.
Julia is Deaf, she has two moms, she is Indian, NONE of this defines her and I loved that so much. She is a diverse character but the only thing that makes her is art. She never lets people call her that poor deaf girl. She is deaf and thats okay she wouldn’t change it because its part of her and she loves the community of people she is with. I loved that Deaf culture was represented here. Even when someone throws a racial sure at her she does not let it define her. Art is who she is, what she lives and breathes for! I’m not even sure what to say because I don’t want to give too much away!
I loved this so much PLEASE go buy it and read it, then come talk to me about it!
FIVE STARS

★★★★

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Review : Everything Everything : Nicola Yoon

18692431Title : Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Release Date: September 1st 2015

Format: Harcover

Publisher:  Delacorte Books/  Random House

Page Count : 306

Genre : Young Adult, romance, contemporary

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I finally decided to read this! I had been wanting to but had pushed it back countless times on my TBR. With the trailer having come out this week it was finally time. 

DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK
Because spoiler alert the trailer spoilers are plentiful it pretty much spark notes the whole book. 

I really ended up liking this but it wasn’t what I thought it would be. Maddy is sick from a rare disease that know can cure. She has lived her life locked away with very LIMITED social interaction. Her mother is extremely protective and will do anything to keep her alive. Maddy hears the moving trucks and in comes Olly. They talk through the window, exchange emails, and so it begins. All of this I understood but here are some things that threw me off. 
ONE the mom never seemed to do anything to give her daughter a semi normal life. The all white everything, COME ON that is not helpful when trying to keep her spirits up. At first I thought it had to white because it was cleaner Maddy at one point say’s

“In my white room, against my white walls, on my glistening white bookshelves, book spines provide the only color”

BUT then Olly comes in and the girl is buying colored shirts and shoes. WHY did you not do that to start with? I have no idea why this bugged me but at last it did. 

OKAY back on track here I loved Olly and his side plot. I think that his story line was an important one to tell because everyday people who sometimes you would least expect suffer with something like that. The relationship between then was EVERYTHING I loved them. YAY for diverse characters and relationships! I love her realizing that to actually live would be a better adventure then to waste away without knowing life. A lot of people thought that she was selfish for acting that way but I think that having never had a chance to truly live one weekend would be worth the risk. 

The twist ending I kind of saw it coming but I wasn’t sure. I thought a certain someone seemed off the whole time but I wasn’t sure. I still really liked the end again it touched on a tough subject. All in all I really liked this book 4 stars

★★★★

Favorite Quote

“Spoiler alert : Love is worth everything. Everything”

 

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Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

whenwecollidedTitle : When We Collided

Author: Emery Lord

Release Date: April 6th, 2016

Publisher:  Bloomsbury

Page Count : 352

Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

Reviewer: Fay

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

 

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

 

Fay’s Rating: ★★★★☆

I had trouble getting into this book at first, the beginning didn’t really grip me. But as soon as I clicked that Vivi was bipolar I was a lot more intrigued.
I’m pleased to say I was able to identify her illness before it was confirmed in the book so it was evident that it was researched. However, it is very…. by the book. She seemed to display every well known symptom of bipolar disorder and it didn’t stray much from these which was a little disappointing.

I probably shouldn’t have read this when I was in a depressive episode of my own, as this triggered me quite badly and resulted in assisting with my latest breakdown. So if you are suffering with a mental illness, I strongly recommend you read this when you are in a good state of mind.

I enjoyed reading Jonah’s POV. As someone who has had a parent who has been in that mindset, it was interesting to be able to see it from the outside. Seeing the small things slowly build up and start to affect his own mental health was eye opening. A lot of people don’t realise that it takes it’s toll on the people around you and it was important to see Jonah’s mental revolve slowly etch away.

The ending was a little disappointing for me. As someone who loves a lovely happily ever after, I was left feeling a little hollow, but it is very bittersweet. 

All in all, a very interesting and mind-altering read. I recommend everyone to read this book at some point in their life. There is a huge stigma around mental health still and I think this is a great way in getting some information out there about it to young adults.

Favourite quote: “My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.”

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Review : Kim Savage : Beautiful Broken Girl

29102879Author: Kim Savage

Release Date: February 21st, 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Macmillan & Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Page Count : 336

Genre : Young Adult, contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Mira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotected, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca’s world, and that some things are better left untouched

Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan! The blurb is so on it with this one! This read was definitely reminiscent of The Virgin Suicides. I went into this read having read some reviews. A lot of people were not liking the non realistic aspect of the story but I disagree. It was set up from the start so it never really came out of nowhere, it was excepted  as part of the plot. I think it is a lot of how you interpret it also. We never really found out what was true or not.

The story follows Ben after the death of ex girlfriend Mira. Mira and Francesca are sister who have killed themselves, however beforehand Mira left notes for Ben to find.

I really enjoyed this mystery. It really held my attention all the way through, never once was I bored with where the story was going. I did see the plot twist coming a little earlier on then it was reviled however it was still a really solid read.

I did feel like it was a little under developed. I wanted more about the girls, their family life, Bens past, ect. I feel like with a little more background this could have had a hard hitting message.  All in all I felt like it was a lyrical thriller that kept you questioning what was real and who was at fault. This was a good fast 3.8 star read for me. I defiantly recommend reading!

                                                                         ★★★

Favorite Quote

“Mira Loved him more for the damage inflicted on him, the kind of damage that her touch might heal.”

 

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Review : Romeo & Whats Her Name : Shani Petroff

28265679Title: Romeo & Whats her name

Author: Shani Petroff

Release Date:February 7th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Swoon Reads

Page Count : 224

Genre : Young Adult, contemporary

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet’s understudy in the school’s yearly “Evening with Shakespeare” is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it’s just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the “real” Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there’s no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?

Thank you to Netgalley and Swoon reads!
I need to say that I am not a big fan of the cover. For me it was a little blah with the girl being there. I would have liked just the doodles better. Now that that’s been said this book was so cute. It gave me serious throw back feels to movies like sleepover and show’s like boy meets world. Those types of teen romcom style things gave me so much life when I was still young.
I read this book in just a few hours. Its exactly what you think it will be from reading the blurb a fun fluff y adventure. Emily is a klutzy word vomiting character that had me giggling and peeking through my fingers during her many embarrassing moments! Wes was great his winking. All the talk about winking. SO FUNNY. All the characters were too cute. There could have been a little more development and back story with Wes. I really wanted to know more about their childhood, but still worth the read.
This is the perfect fluffy read to pick up, especially when you are in need for some laughter 4 stars!

★★★★  

Favorite Quote
“WES WAS CRAWLING UNDER THE TABLE WITH ME!”

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Review : NOWHERE NEAR YOU : Leah Thomas

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Title: Nowhere Near You

Author: Leah Thomas

Release Date:February 7th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Page Count : 400

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, contemparey, Scifi, LGBTQ

Reviewer : Taylor

 

 

Synopsis Via goodreads

Following up her acclaimed debut, Because You’ll Never Meet Me, Leah Thomas continues the stories of Ollie and Moritz in another heart-warming story of unique friendship.

Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods–no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity–and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can’t escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they’ve made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?

Thank you  Netgalley and Bloomsbury publishing! Can I give this ten stars? Is that maybe a thing? GUYS this book blew me away. This is the follow up to Because you’ll never meet me which was fantastic. When it comes to books with more the one sometimes the second book ends up dragging. This did not happen.

Nowhere near you had me hooked from start to finish. It still follows the letters between our favorite boys Ollie and Moritz. This installment brings us some new scenery and along with it some new characters. Author was my most favorite new character to meet he was so down to earth I just loved him so much!  Molly and Klaus were just fabulous! We also meet Bridgett, Brian, and some adult characters. I loved them all! These characters brought so much to the story I couldn’t imagine Ollie and Moritz journey without them.

Let’s talk plot, OH MY FREAKING LANTA, I was on a rollercoaster of emotions. First I was happy, hopeful, sad, scared, ALIVE, loving, torn to pieces because nothings right in the world, to hopeful. I would not have had it any other way. This was dare I say it even better than the first which I did not think was possible. I can begin to explain the weight this book holds in my heart now. I need more time with this characters so PLEASE say there will more because that ending. If I am being honest I finished this book and sat in my chair a cried my eyes out. I cried of sadness for a moment but mostly I cried with hope. I could live with this being the end but I hope, pray, and dream there will be more because so many questions are still open.

This was a fantastic read. Everyone needs to get their hands on these books. My heart may never be the same. 5 fluffing  stars

 

Favorite Quote

“I thought of you calling me good. I thought of you, just you—“

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BOOKTUBE : Books n’ Buns

Hey guys! I am so excited to announce that my friend Denia and I have started a booktube channel. I am so excited to start posting videos. We will be talking anything YA bookish. Reviews, games, book to film, unboxings, you name it we will be doing it. Please check us out. Let me know if any of you all booktube we would love to subscribe. We are also totally open to doing some mash ups with other booktubers. Any feedback is welcome feedback! 

xoxox-Taylor