TBRs and Wrap Ups

May Wrap Up and June TBR

Hey guys! So my reading wasn’t the best, but anyways let’s get to it.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it! Review Below!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it. Review down below!

ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it! Review below.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes- I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars! I enjoyed it. Review below.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K.  Rowling: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it. Should I review this?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it. Review should be up sometime this weekend.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it! Review should be up this weekend.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins: I gave this 2 stars out of 5.. Review will be up this weekend!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: Current Read.

Okay now on to my TBR. I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of June! Alright my reading schedule is gonna be way more to catch up before college. I’m planning on finishing Cruel Beauty. Then move on to The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson, Fire and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.

These are a lot of books but I’m trying to spend at least an hour reading each day and write more as well as clean and organize and get ready for college. Check in next month to see if I actually accomplish this.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“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.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow Maddy is so much fun and she reads.  SHE READS. I love it when characters read.  But the entire book I can understand why the ending is a little controversial.  I think it’s a good little romantic contemporary. Totally perfect for summer and I’m excited for the movie.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars since it wasn’t super enthralling. I still recommend it and I think that a lot of people will like how light it is.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Tags

Disney Book Tag

This was originally started by Kat over at Katytastic   – Check out her channel it’s great and I love her.

 

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

For this one I’m going to go with America from the Selection series. She is put in to this princess role and it’s just not her. She doesn’t understand it cause she’s used to being poor
2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

I’m going to say Feyre from ACOTAR. She goes from being  a human to a high fae. That’s pretty big.
3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

The Sword of Summer from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. All the characters are so different and fun.
4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

The Glittering Court. I ended up DNFing it.
5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Lily from It Ends with Us. She dealt with abuse as a kid.
6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

Winter by Marissa Meyer. That book is over 800 pages long. I loved the story though and it was amazing.
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

Maddy from Everything, Everything. No spoilers.
8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Again gonna go with Feyre at the beginning of ACOWAR. If y’all have read it you understand
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Lux Series. Mostly just Daemon and Kat because Katy is a book blogger and Daemon is a hot alien.
10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

SEBASTIAN. That is all.

Book Reviews

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

“Only queens with hearts can bleed.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I think this book was such an interesting back story of a well known villian. I think it makes way more sense on why the Queen of Hearts became who she was. It was an interesting story that made us want to know more about her. For whatever reason she reminds me of Queen Levana from Lunar Chronicles.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars because it wasn’t super fast. Even though it was super short. I still recommend it obviously.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

“Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I’m honestly terrified to write this cause I feel like I won’t do the book justice. I won’t do any spoilers. I promise.

I loved this book. I think SJM is such an incredible author. She has such great world building and the romance is just beautiful. I loved the diversity in this book and I think the way that everything came together was beautiful. Also, the plot twists just who could see them coming omg.

Anyways, I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I’m so excited for the spin off because I need more of these feels and Prythian.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

“SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.”

~Synopsis From Goodreads

Okay first of all trigger warning for this book. It deals with physical abuse, grief, depression, and sexual abuse. I don’t want people to go into this book completely blind because this book is so heavy and deals with very graphic things.

Okay now onto the book review. I loved this book. I think CoHo did such a great job depicting all these issues. Ryle seems like the perfect guy and he loves Lily the way most of us want to be loved. He just has some underlying issues…  that you don’t get to see until Lily is in love with him. She has to make such a hard decision and I respect her and I respect CoHo for making such strong women.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I think it brings so much awareness to such an important issue. I think everyone should read this to just understand.  It’s so amazing and just totally genius. I love it.  Coho is one of my favorite authors. It’s official.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

“Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache.

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view.

Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I’m so sorry for not posting you can all hate me I just have no motivation.

Anyways let me tell you this book was great. It is NOT something that you have to read. It’s literally Will just telling his side of the story. I loved it, but it wasn’t necessary.

Anyways this was short. Sorry. I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. It is new adult, so ages 17+ should read. I’m not gonna say you have to read it cause it doesn’t add much to the story.

Book Reviews

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

¨From the bestselling author of Slammed, comes Colleen Hoover’s next big hit.
Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever…
Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world and the lives of those who depend upon them the most…¨

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I loved this book. I love reading it from Willś perspective. I think heś so interesting and we really see the love he has for Lake. And god this book had me so scared for my ships, but I´m so happy with the way it ended. it was such an interesting story full of love, loss, regret, and happiness. There was so many feels and I loved it!

I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I absolutely loved it. I think the story was so well done. Layken and Will are such goals. This is for older audiences, probably 17+ since it is new adult. But other than that, I recommend it!

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

“Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow this book was amazing. Bet you guys are tired of me saying that. Not my fault I’m reading a ton of great books.

But anyways, this book deals with death and this very close to my heart. Dating someone older is also something I relate to just not a teacher.

I think the grief is so real and the story and romance is just beautiful. Like forreal such goals! I love how CoHo focused on the romance but throws in more important things like death and grief. She does that in every one of her books and I love it.

I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved it. It is new adult so 17+ but otherwise I think everyone should read it!

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Never, Never trilogy by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

“Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Alright so these were really fast short reads. They’re all about 160 pages each which is why I’m reviewing them together.

With the material I thought it would move fast, but it was slow at the beginning and took me 30 pages or so to get into it. I really enjoyed all three books. I thought they were great and had a ton of mystery in it. The resolution got me and I loved it.

My only problem was this either should’ve been longer or just one book.

I gave each book a 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it and I think it is totally worth the read. It is young adult so please read it and let me know what you think!

Until Next Time,

Alex