Book Reviews

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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Book Reviews

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

“What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I have to say first off I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a cute contemporary. I think I ended up relating more to Lara Jean than I thought I would. She was a very shy character and I remember being like her.

I think this book was a little slow at times, but still very enjoyable.

I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to really anyone.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

“A #1 New York Times-bestseller

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This book is the fanfiction that Cath was writing during Fangirl. I loved reading some of the passages from that book.

So when I realized Rowell had published that fanfiction I was very intrigued. Also, the fanfiction focuses on two men in a relationship which intrigued me even more.

I started it and it started a little slow, but eventually picked up. I liked the relationship development throughout the story. I think it was very interesting the way that one boy knew he was gay while the other was just beginning to figure it out.

The whole story is basically like a parody of Harry and Draco fanfics. Which some people ship them, other’s don’t. I personally don’t, but I still really enjoyed this book.

The magic system isn’t explained too well and it’s very confusing. Obviously it’s a fanfiction so it can’t be like the magic system in Harry Potter.

All in all, I did really enjoy this book. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. I think it’s a good book for middle school and up. It’s different from Rainbow Rowell books and nothing like Harry Potter, but still very interesting.

Until Next Time:

Alex

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Book Reviews

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

“Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow. I honestly don’t know how to talk about this. I thought maybe giving myself some time to think would help me form words on this book, but it didn’t. I finished this book yesterday and I’m still speechless.

The ending, the everything.  It was 699 pages of pure magic. I loved the book. There were so many feels because Cassie is the queen of forbidden love. And just I love it. I don’t think Cassie could write anything that I wouldn’t love. But I do have to say if you are interested in reading this, you should not start with this book.

You will be greatly confused and spoiled. The reading order for the Shadowhunter Chronicles is as follows:

City Of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

Clockwork Angel

City of Fallen Angels

Clockwork Prince

City of Lost Souls

Clockwork Princess

City of Heavenly Fire

The Bane Chronicles

Tales of The Sahdowhunter Academy

Lady Midnight

Lord of Shadows

That might seem really intimidating because they are big books. They are worth it! They follow an ongoing story and a lot of different characters.

I don’t want to give too much away about Lord of Shadows because it could be a very big spoiler. Just know it is amazing and wonderful and I recommend all the books in the above list.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! It was incredible. I’m so sad I have to wait until 2019 for the next book!

 

Until Next Time,

Alex

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The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

“Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I enjoyed this book, but I had some problems with it. I had a hard time getting into it. And I think it really is for younger teenagers, so that’s probably part of it. But I honestly thought that Lennie was a very selfish and annoying character. I hate to judge because grief is so different for everyone.

The decisions that Lennie made throughout the course of this book were very self destructive and that bothered me. She didn’t talk to anyone about her feelings and part of the thing about grief is that you’re so overwhelmed with that loss that it can destroy you from the inside. She hurts so many relationships throught the course of this book because she refuses to think about her actions.

I did enjoy this book thought because I understood her grief and how self destructive it can be. I can’t imagine losing my sister.  I think it is a good book for younger teenagers though.

I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would. It is a very well written book and I think it is very unique. I would recommend it to probaly 14-16 personally. I enjoyed it and I think reading about the grieving process is so important.

Until Next Time,

Alex

P.S. I read this book with this cover and I hated it. So glad they changed it.

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Book Reviews

Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkins

*Includes The Unbecoming, The Evolution, and The Retribution*

“Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Unbecoming: I loved this book! I said I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on my wrap up, but I changed it to 4 out of 5 stars. This is a great book and it moves so fast. It’s a psychological thriller. I think it’s so interesting and such a great concept.

Evolution: I also loved this book! I originally gave it  5 out of 5 stars, but I changed it to 4 out of 5 stars. I loved how fast it moved. And it made me fall in love with Noah more. I love the storyline and all the things we find out.

Retribution: I gave this a 2 out of 5 stars. I was nervous about reading this because I had heard it was bad. And it was. I read 150 pages and just couldn’t get into it. So instead of actually finishing it, I skimmed it. I don’t recommend this. Almost as bad as Allegiant.

Sorry for a series review, but I needed to catch up on reviews and honestly reading in general.

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 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