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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

“In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Timesbestselling-debut—also called “mandatory reading” and selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay, honestly this book is forgettable. At least to me. A lot of people love this book and like I can see why, but it just wasn’t my favorite book. It was interesting and depressing, but I didn’t feel like it really dealt with the homophobia within the book. It seemed like nothing was really resolved. Aaron was still ashamed of himself, while the people around him became accepting.

I don’t have much to say on this book because it was just okay. I don’t know if that’s because it’s a debut novel or if Adam Silvera is just very overhyped.

I ended up giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy this book, but it was pretty slow. I would recommend this to older audiences because it does talk a lot about suicide and depression. It also has a few trigger warnings, so I would look into those before giving this book a shot if you do have some triggers.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

“A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape–perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay so I was really excited for this book because it just sounded like such a great story.  And it was and is still incredibly important, but not as incredible as I thought it would be. The Islamophobia was great and super important. But the the story itself was slow. And I was going to give it a higher rating, but then I read a review from someone who is Muslim. And I lowered my rating.

They made the point that the parents were really obsessive about following the right career and getting married which not every Muslim parent is like. And they also made the point that she didn’t really spend time praying at all?? Honestly, she explains it better. Read through the reviews although hers is somewhat spoilery. Her name is Isla and I think seeing it through her eyes is great.

And the romance was not great?? Like the majority of the book it was, but then the epilogue? Um what was that?

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I originally gave it a 4 out of stars, but then I re-evaulated my decision.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

The Prophecy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SPOILERS FOR THE TITAN SERIES.

 

“History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled….”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay so this is the last book in the Titan series soooo if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read on!

 

WOW. I honestly finished this book about a week ago and I still don’t have coherent thoughts. I cried, I laughed, I sobbed.

I don’t cry in books, but I cried for maybe an hour at the end. Like the last 150 pages I was sobbing. I had to take breaks because I couldn’t see through my tears. So needless to say I loved it.

I don’t know what else to say without giving away too many details and spoilers. But just read this series. I can promise you this ending is so worth it.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I do recommend this to an older audience since it does have some more mature scenes.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

“It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be—and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book. But the story was so interesting. I  usually hate the whole 24 hour thing cause it usually involves insta love. And I hate insta love. But this book really did it well. And it wasn’t 24 hours exactly. Just like night.

But this book didn’t have insta love, but insta lust. Which makes sense. Lust can be insta. But the characters go on adventures and I think all the emotional stuff goes so well together since it is so late at night. It was intense and addicting.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this to 15+. There is one matureish scene, not graphic but not for kids.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Meet Cute by a bunch of different authors!

“Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I honestly wanted to pick this book up all because of Jennifer L. Armentrout. Did I mention she’s my favorite author? (See every book review of her books) But all of the stories were so enjoyable. I meant to review and rate every story as I went along, but I completely forget.

Every story was so well thought out and it was brought together in the perfect way. I could honestly read a book on every single one of these short stories.It was just so adorable. And there was so much diversity within every story. So many LGBT stories. The one critique I do have is that it would’ve been nice if there were more m/m stories or more male perspectives.

I did give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. The stories altogether were so good and made me so happy and gooey inside. This is a YA book so again, 14+ is probably recommended.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel

“Everyone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

Unrivaled is #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël’s first book in a thrilling suspense trilogy about how our most desperate dreams can become our darkest nightmares.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So for some reason I had this book for free as an E-book and just decided to test it out. I wasn’t expecting to like this book. I’ve read Alyson Noel before and I enjoyed her work. But this just didn’t seem like the thing I was going to be into?

But man was I wrong! I really enjoyed this book! It was full of drama and suspense. It wasn’t anything I really expected. I don’t really want to get into all of my thoughts though cause I thnk going into the book blind is a good idea.

I did give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I think there were other times in the book that I just didn’t connect with a few characters as well as the others. Also, one was a jerk? I would recommend this book to 14+ again because it is a YA novel.  I’m excited to continue on with the series!

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This book has been everywhere over the last few months. It has been incredibly hyped. And I’m so happy I finally got to it.

This book was dark and twisted and I just absolutely loved it. It was interesting and the fae world was so intricate. Jude is such a fierce character.

But… her twin sister? SO ANNOYING. Her “adopted” father? A jerk.

Also, like who was the antagonist? And why is this going to be a series? I just feel like this would have worked beter as a standalone. I mean, yeah there’s a story to be told, but like what are they gonna do? Flash forward to Oak taking his rightful place? I just don’t think it would be good.

But I did give the book a 4 out of 5 stars. I did really enjoy this book. But I just felt like either they hype ruined it a little or the book just was lacking a little something. I do recommend this for 14+ since this is a YA novel. It is also pretty dark and twisted.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

“Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Rick Riordan is still to this day one of my go to authors. If he publisheed his daily to do list, I would read it because it’s Rick Riordan. And even though I know basically nothing about Norse mythology, I still picked it up.

And wow, did this trilogy not disappoint. The third book though? That disappointed a little. It felt like it was building up to this awesome battle and it was gonna have this really great conclusion. But then it fell short. It just didn’t have that awesome battle that I wanted and the conclusion I was expecting.

So I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It just didn’t quite hit that mind blowing 5 out of 5 mark. This is a middlegrade trilogy so I do recommend it to seventh and eighth grade up.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Not Book Related

19 Things I’ve Learned In the Past Year

  1. People are going to hurt you. But you can get through it.
  2. Some people are fake. It’s a part of life.
  3. Don’t waste your time on boys. Or girls, whatever your preference is.
  4. Don’t let anyone tear you down.
  5. If you look bad when you see your ex, own it. Act like you are in your favorite outfit. It might not have any effect on them, but it will make you feel good.
  6. It’s okay to take a day off for mental health.
  7. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors/teachers. I needed to do this a few times in the last month and it was so helpful.
  8. Don’t ever talk to your exes or anyone you used to talk to. If it didn’t work out the first time, it won’t again. There’s a reason things ended.
  9. Find someone who will always be there for you.
  10. Don’t be afraid to let people go that are bad for you.
  11. You don’t have to be friends with your college roommate.
  12. College is just like high school, just older and more difficult.
  13. College boys are not that great.
  14. Fire drills are actually the worst.
  15. Don’t be afraid to stay home for college.
  16. Do what is best for you.
  17. Try to be nice, but don’t be a pushover.
  18. College Athlete Boys are some of the worst guys I have ever met.
  19. Mental health is so important. Never ever say it isn’t because it is.

Until Next Time,

Alex