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Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

“One last chance for love.

It’s been a year since Eden last spoke to Tyler. A year since he left her all alone after nearly destroying their family. But Eden picked herself up and headed to Chicago for college where she found a new boyfriend—someone who doesn’t run when things get tough. She’s finally moved on from Tyler…right?

Despite their breakup, Tyler’s determined to rekindle what they once had. He’s restarted his life in Eden’s hometown of Portland, and he wants her in it. But when a tragedy draws them together, Eden must search her heart and decide if Tyler is worth the risk once and for all.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I actually enjoyed this book more than the previous two books. I thought it was well thought out as well as just better. It was fast-paced and interesting. Usually, the whole romance turned into a series thing doesn’t work for me.But this book did. I loved the story of Eden and Tyler. It made me feel so good. I loved seeing the changes of them throughout the books.

I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was so good! Still not a 5 star read, but definitely a book I will be coming back to. I recommend this book to 16+ years.

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Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame

“Love has no rules.

It’s been a year since Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother…and secret love. Although they swore to ignore their feelings and put their family first, Eden can’t help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

But it’s not like anything is going to happen. Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and she knows gorgeous, green-eyed Tyler must have moved on as well. But as they spend the long, hot summer in the city that never sleeps, it becomes obvious that those old feelings are still there…simmering beneath the surface. Will Tyler and Eden be able to resist temptation?

Did I Mention I Need You? is book two in Wattpad sensation Estelle Maskame’s DIMILY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak and forbidden romance.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay. So I finally got to this book. And it took me forever to read omg. I was just in a weird reading slump.

But anyway I still really enjoyed it. I didn’t like it as much as the first book just because it felt like the first book. Like how with the High School Musical movies each one followed the same overall plot line: things would work out, then something would happen to make things hard, they would break up, and then get back together at the end. Basically the same sort of thing happened in the second book. Same overall plot line and I’m expecting the last book to be the same way.

I did give this book a 3 out of 5 stars for that reason, but otherwise I still really enjoyed it. I would recommend this to older audiences due to the more mature content. I would say probbaly 16+.

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The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Adhieh

“The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So this is the sequel to The Wrath and The Dawn. I loved the first book and loved the second book. The sequel delves deeper into the world, character, and even the magic system.

I think the magic system could’ve been improved some more. It wasn’t very well developed and didn’t quite fit in with the story. Also, I felt like it should’ve been a trilogy just with the ending. It felt rushed.

I did give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I still enjoyed it. I love this story and the lyrical way it is written. I recommend it to middle school and up. The content isn’t too graphic, but the way it is written is a little more difficult.

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The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adhieh

“One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I read this book knowing that many people had enjoyed it. It’s a retelling of a 1,001 Nights. The story is based on this woman Shahrzad that decided to marry their king Khalid who takes a wife and murders them every dawn. She marries him to hopefully get revenge for him killing her best friend. But she realizes that he’s nothing like the stories.

This book has magic, love, violence, and basically everything you want in a YA book. It’s interesting and really changes the idea of you can’t say you know someone until you get to know them. It’s full of morally grey characters and lots of twists.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t a book you can binge read, but I really enjoyed this book. The world building is so good.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

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Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame

“When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden’s parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she’s about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler’s group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can’t understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t – her step-brother.

Throw in Tyler’s clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there’s secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?

Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I read this book, not knowing what it was about. I had just seen it at Barnes and Noble whenever I was browsing the shelves. So when I got a gift card to B&N, I decided why not. So I bought the trilogy.

I didn’t plan on reading the book until August though. And I did read it in August. I thought I would be able to read the next two books in August too, but I couldn’t stupid book slump.

Anyway, I ended up enjoying this book. I thought the concept was a little weird, but hey anything with a steamy romance and a hot guy you can sign me up! The book was full of tropes. Which in YA can be annoying, but then again sometimes I think it can work. In this one it worked.

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my all time favorite book. I think it was a good story. Nothing too special. I will continue on with the series though.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This book. I finished it yesterday. I loved it. I still don’t have words.

This book is a fictional story about the black lives matter movement. It’s such an important story. As someone who lives right next to Ferguson and had to deal with these very things going on, I related a lot. This book moved me and made me feel proud to be apart of this history

I’m so happy that Angie wrote this story and so glad it will be a movie as well. People need to hear this.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to 15+ as it is a little more mature, but not much. It’s such an important story so please read it.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Too Late by Colleen Hoover

“Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.

Too Late is no longer available via Wattpad.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I love Colleen Hoover and I love this book. There is such an emotional punch in this story.  I love the way it was written. It was originally a story on Wattpad that CoHo would come back to. She started updating it and added even more epilogues as she wrote.

I love the depth of this story. There’s so many things that tie into the story. So many times you think it’s over and they’re gonna live happily ever after and then something new happens. There’s suspense. And the entire story you get so into characters and their backgrounds that you understand why they are the way they are. It changes perspective to get a look inside the three main character’s heads.

I know Colleen Hoover’s books usually have some problems with them which I totally understand, but I love her books. They’re emotional and heartbreaking.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved it! I recommend this to anyone 17+. It does have mature content. I also will place a trigger warning for sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Just One Year by Gayle Forman

“Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began….

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

It took me forever to read this book. Not cause I didnt enjoy it, I just moved into college this past week or so and then got settled in with classes.  A post will be coming about that hopefully this weekend.

But anyway, I’ve been needing to catch up on my reading and get to the point where I feel more comfotable. I can’t fail my Goodreads goal for this year.

Anyway, I did really enjoy this book. I really enjoyed the companion, Just One Day, more. I think I related more to Allyson/Lulu than I did to Willem. Willem is still an interesting character with a lot of problems

I think his grief and almost feeling abandoned plays a very important role in this story. It helps him I think become more human and more relatable. I think the whole companion novel thing works with these books. They usually annoy me, but in each book you get character development as they search for each other.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and I think a lot of people will like it. Totally recommend it. You will like this a lot more than If I Stay.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

“Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

And again, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I related so much to it. This is during Lara Jean’s senior year and the summer. It’s reminded me of some of the problems I had while trying to figure out college. I didn’t have to worry about a boyfriend, but  I did have to worry about being 3 hours away from my family and friends.

That is such a huge struggle and so the idea of leaving my security blanket behind is terrifying.  So I completely understand. I would’ve probably been so depressed if I didn’t get into my first choice for college, but I did. I can just relate to friends going their separate ways and it’s sad. I’m so grateful I read this book right before move in because it  eased so much anxiety.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.  I absolutely loved it. It was a little slow at first, but I still really enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone really. It’s a little more mature than the other two, but not much. I really recommend it to incoming freshman/or seniors.

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

“Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

It is very rarely I love the second book in a trilogy more than the first book. I did with this book though. I think the romance was so much more intense in this book. Lara Jean came out of her shell more while also having to deal with high school and family. I loved the way that this book depicted how high school really is. And especially the whole idea of having a minority.

I also resonated with it because the Song girls had lost a parent. I think I understood that pain even though it’s different for me. I think the Song girls are just such relatable characters.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, but I really enjoyed it. I totally recommend it to middle school and up. I think it’s a very great coming of age book.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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