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Review : A Crown of Wishes : Roshani Chokshi

29939047Title: A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi 

Release Date: March 28th 2017

Format: Hard cover

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Page Count : 352

Genre : Young Adult , Fantasy,Romance, epic 

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I was so excited for this because I love Roshani’s lyrical writing. Star touched intrigued me so much! Crown did just the same. I loved the two main characters this go about.  While on the subject of characters while at an event I went to Rosh said she was inspired by a few things and Beauty and the beast was one. Spoiler alert the beast in this story is Gauri.

Gauri is a bad ass female character who is deadly, beastly, but also feminine! She loves make up as much as swords and even as someone who does not wear makeup much I really loved that about her. She shows a side to female YA characters that we don’t  see much which is being able to do both. You can be a bad ass sword wielding warrior but also love feeling beautiful!

Vikram was book boyfriend material at its finest! He is witty, sarcastic, intelligent, and perfect. I enjoyed him so much and again the fact that he showed a different side that YA is lacking sometimes. He was the softer character who was very in tune to his feelings. He used his mind and heart to fight battles. He listened and remembered and I LOVE HIM.

Okay BANTER people! So much cute witty banter. I am a sucker for people who bicker this book had so much of it! Examples below.

“Are you done?”

“Yes.”

“May I get up?”

“No.”

“I see you like your men with their egos gutted.”

“Only when I’m feeling generous.”

He laughed. “My apologies.”

and this one here is my favorite but MAJOR spoiler because it is from the very very end of the book highlight if you want to read…

“I didn’t manipulate. I encouraged. My council does want me to get married. I just thought that we’d grown so used to annoying one another that we might as well do that for the rest of my life and I would have preferred to ask you when you stood in front of me and not through a series of treaties! And I say the rest of my life, not ours, since this just confirms that you will be the death of me. And as for knowing how you felt, I knew because I asked.”

 I MEAN COME ON PEOPLE SO MUCH YESSS!

I ended up liking this more than star touched! My only quip would be that it was occasionally slow but not enough to make me lose interest. This is easily a four star

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Favorite Quote

“No longer harsh and winter black, but vast and (1)

 

 

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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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Favorite Quote
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Reviews, Taylor

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.”