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Review : The Big F : Maggie Ann Martin

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Title: The Big F

Release Date: August 29th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Swoon Read

Page Count : 304

Genre : Young Adult, contemporary,

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis via Goodreads

Danielle’s plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out… until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she’s in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous “college psychic”?!

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.

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WOW WOW WOW

I loved this so much. I was not sure what to expect going in. I thought we would be following a downward spiral of Danielle but what I got was so much better. This was such a great coming of age story. I loved watching Danielle grow into the person she wanted to be. Learning to trust herself and not bend to the whims of others.

The male leads where amazing. They both had different things going for them. Luke with his connection to her past. He also trying to figure out who is in this world. Along the way we see his family and learn the expectations on him.

Porter. I LOVED HIM. He was so unapologetically him throughout the whole story. I loved the way he kept notes in his notepads. It gave him this amazingly real way to see the world. I loved that he found a way to remember even the small things life had to offer.

If you love a good coming of age rom com this is so for you.  Five big freaking stars for this amazing debut novel!

 

About the Author :

MaggieMaggie Ann Martin hails from Iowa City, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel. Find her at these places below

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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 : 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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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! 

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Review : If This Is Home : Kristine Scarrow

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Title: If This Is Home

Author: Kristine Scarrow

Release Date: January 28th 2017

Format: Arc

Publisher: Dundurn Press

Page Count : 200

Genre : Young Adult,  Contemporary

 

 

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

When her mom is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jayce searches for her estranged father, hoping he can fix everything.

Jayce Loewen has had to take on a lot of responsibility over the years. Her single mom works two jobs and long hours, leaving Jayce in charge of her four-year-old sister most of the time. When her mom is diagnosed with cancer, Jayce decides to track down her long-absent father in the hope that he will be able to make everything okay again.

Looking for her dad was one thing, but when she actually finds him, Jayce is in for a real shock. When everything in her life seems to be going wrong, Jayce has to figure out who her family really is, and how to live with the possibility of losing the person she loves most.

Thank you to NetGalley and Dundurn Press for giving me this in exchange for an honest review.

I was super interested when I read the synopsis for this book.
Jayce is a character with a lot of bite! She takes care of her family no matter who she has to take on.

This book wasn’t bad however I did feel like it lacked a little grit and heaviness. Kurt was a lovely edition to this story he was the friend who understood everything she was going through. I loved that he was just a friend and how his story came to an end.

I did enjoy the real life take it took on not everyone gets a happy ending and some mistakes make you lose time that you can never get back. All in all it was a good fast read but its not something I would reread. Three stars.

 ★★★

Favorite Quote 

“Your love is the one thing I’ve always been sure of” “That will never charge. No matter what happens to me, I’ll always be with you.”

 

 

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Review: City of Saints & Thieves : Natalie C. Anderson

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Title: City of Saints & Thieves

Author: Natalie C. Anderson

Release Date: January 24th 2017

Format: Arc

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers & Penguin Random House

Page Count : 432

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller, culture

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.
 
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

Thank you to Penguin Group. I had not heard of this book until it showed up on my doorstep but let me tell you how blessed I feel that I received it! Natalie C. Anderson has done a spectacular job on her debut novel.  I was hooked from page one!

YAY FOR DIVERSE READS!

Tiny girl is the most bad ass character I have read in a long time. She The story is centered around her being hell bent on her revenge plan Dirt. Money. Blood. She is a master thief in the goondas gang being a part of them is part of her plan. Now this isn’t one of those books that tell you she is a master thief but never show you. Tiny girl goes as far as dislocating limbs to get her jobs done!

I loved every character even the badies! Michael was swoon worthy that is all! Boyboy was FANTASTIC I loved him his attitude and his banter with tiny girl. There is scene where he is talking about a designer bag that had me laughing so much.

The plot had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I felt like we learned so much about all the characters that while the plot remained the same it also kept changing in ways that we could not see until the end. I had to drop the book occasionally in shock.

THE WORLD BUILDING! I cannot stress enough how real this felt to me. It did not matter if she was describing a room, the woods, a car, a person, everything was vibrant.

So much happens in this story that anything specific may spoil so I am going to end with City of Saints & Thieves is the best book I have read this year and one of the best books I have ever read! There was not bad part about this. PUT THIS ON YOUR TBR! You won’t be sorry

EASIEST 5 stars I will ever give. 

                                                                              ★★★★★

  Favorite quote

“we hardly ever get to choose where our souls find their home.”

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Review : The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett : Chelsea Sedoti

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Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Author: Chelsea Sedoti

Release Date: January 3rd 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Sourcebooks

Page Count : 398

Genre : Young Adult,  contemporary, Mystery, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis via Goodreads

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

I received this eArc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to get this book, I was very intrigued after reading the blurb. I was not too far into the book when I started to feel disappointed. Hawthorn Creely is our main character for this ride and it was not fun being in her head… at first. I was pretty sure she was a sociopath for the first few chapters. She is searching into the disappearance of one of the popular mean girls who use to go to school with her. She becomes very obsessed with Lizzie to the point of taking over aspects of her life. According to Hawthorne someone as popular and charmed as Lizzie could never ever have any thing bad happen to her.
As the story continued I found myself more and more immersed in it. I wanted to understand, yell, tell her to stop, go with her on the adventures and all kinds of other things. As she tries to uncover the mystery of Lizzie we get to see her relationship with change with all the people in her life from her crazy hippie mom, more logical father, and former joke brother as well. We also see her fall out with a best friend and fall in with some boys.
The true story begins in the end really. This was a great read. It means so much more than you realize in the beginning. Everyone needs to head to the bookstore and grab this today! Its a true coming of age showing brilliantly that awkward transition from teenager to young adult. How growing up happens in ways you may not see coming. I am so glad I kept reading this is an easy four stars!

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Favorite quote

“Do you know about the hawthorn tree? They’re tough, sturdy. Thy can outlast storms. Hawthorn trees provide food and shelter for animals and insects. They nourish the world around them. Its a name anyone would be honored to have”