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Posting Update

Hey guys! So I’m planning to start posting book reviews Mondays and Fridays with something different on Wednesdays. A new book review will go up this Wednesday just because I skipped Monday.

I’ll also be uploading youtube videos on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. If school isn’t too crazy, you’ll get a bonus video on Thursdays during the school year. On breaks though, Thursdays will be a regular posting day.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

“After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay so I wanted to read this book because two booktubers I trust have very different opinions on it. Ashley from a dash of ash LOVES this book. Ali from Hardbackhoarder hates this book. I fell in the middle.

I enjoyed this book, but Tash our main character is a brat. She is asexual which is cool since we don’t see a lot of that in YA. But honestly it seems super unrealisitic that a 17 year old girl would love Tolstoy so much that she decides to create a web series based off one of his novels. And also, it seems really unrealistic that she would use her college savings to go on a trip and that her parents would allow it.

All in all, it was entertaining, but not very realistic.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I do recommend it to a younger audience. There aren’t really any mature scenes throughout the novel.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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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

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Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

“From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-’90s boy-and-girl-band craze.

It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through. ”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I liked this book and I wasn’t sure I was going to. I mean it seemed like it was a stereotypical YA contemporary. And it kind of was. It had quite a few redeeming qualities though that made it somewhat memorable.

1) a boy who was a Virgin

2) a believable sex scene

3) a believable friendship and fall out

But okay there were a few things that pissed me off. Like why do we have to pit girls against each other??? Just because a girl is skinny and beautiful and successful does not automatically make her a bitch. And just because a girl comes from a bad home life and isn’t the prettiest does not automatically make her a good person.

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. It did have redeeming qualities and it was good but I’m so tired of the stereotypical YA. I’m tired of pitting woman against woman.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Moonlight Sins Giveaway/Teaser

Meet the de Vincents… and leave your morals at the door.

1/30/2018

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Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . .

I’m so excited for you guys to meet Lucian. the wildest of the de Vincent brothers, and Julia, who is looking to start over and to finally start living. Moonlight Sins is a contemporary romance with a little bit of suspense, a mystery, and… something more.

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Update….

Hey guys.. So wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. Let me start off by saying I am so sorry! I love this blog and everyone here, but I needed a little break. Here’s why:

I was in a really bad reading slump and I’m trying my best to get out of it.

Finals just got over with and I needed to devote a lot of time and energy to that.

And finally, I’m gonna be real with you. My mental health has not been in the best place recently. I’ve been depressed, anxious, extremely stressed out. And because of this I have not had much motivation to even read or do anything besides lay in bed with my laptop. I’m home now and I’m hoping to feel better first of all because I have been sick. I’m going to the doctor in a few days and I’m going to talk to my mom about the fact that I just don’t feel myself. I never want you guys to feel like I just stopped caring, but the holidays are really difficult times for me and I’ve just been dealing with a lot. Thank you for being so understanding.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Broken Prince by Erin Watt

“From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Back with another reviews guys!

Okay wow wow I loved this book. I’m the kind of person that as soon as a guy does something in real life and in books I want to smack them. So I wanted to smack Reed, I wanted Ella to put on her Taylor Swift music and get the hell over it.

But that’s not how it works in YA, does it? Nope. Reed tried so hard to get back in Ella’s graces and he succeeded. Which in real life, I would probably be acting like Ella too. But dang this made me fall in love with Reed and the Royals even more. And that ending!

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved it. Again, this is NOT YA, but it is New Adult. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 17 and honestly even 17. There is some violence and some mature content.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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I made a Booktube channel!

Hey guys so a little update. I’m currently reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and loving it.

I’m still in a reading slump sadly though so I might not complete my reading goal for this month, but I still have a few days and 5 books to finish so we’ll see.

Anyways the real reason I wanted to do this. I made a Booktube channel! I’ll link it below and link it in my about section.

I’m really excited to do this, don’t worry I’m going to keep the blog. I still want to do book reviews and talk about things. I want to do book hauls though as well as TBRs and Wrap ups and book tags.

I hope you guys check it out!

 

Until Next Time,

Alex

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