Book Reviews

A Court of Frost and Starlight

“Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So first of all, I enjoyed this book. But there were a lot of problems. This book didn’t really have a plot. But it did follow the characters we know and love (and hate.) But from what I can tell it did bridge that gap between the first part and second part of the ACOTAR series. It set up the rest of the story. It was a novella so it was only about 230 pages.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars, mostly for feels. I recommend this to anyone who has read the ACOTAR series and anyone who is at least 16+ since the series is a little mature.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

“On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay so it’s been a few weeks since I read this book, so I’m gonna try my best to share my thoughts.

This book I was expecting to love and I enjoyed it. I think I’m over the dystopian thing so like maybe that’s why I wasn’t so into it? I enjoyed the concept, but there was something that made this book not as enjoyable. The ending also pissed me off.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t very memorable. I do recommend this to 14+ since it is YA. I don’t know if there are any trigger warnings, but I would be wary since it does deal with death.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

“At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I honestly didn’t think I was going  to end up enjoying this book. I had heard so many good things about this book which is why I wanted to pick it up. I thought it was somewhat slow, but the last two full chapters were what really made me give it a higher rating. I loved it! It made the entire book worth it.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this to older audiences cause it does deal with agorraphobia so be wary of that.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

“When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So, I wasn’t planning on really enjoying this book after reading More Happy Than Not. But I really ended up enjoying this much more than I anticipated. I think because I could identify with the grief that the two main characters were going through. I didn’t relate too much to the grief. My ex boyfriend didn’t die, but my dad did. So I couldn’t identify with everything, but I knew that feeling of utter hopelessness and not really knowing how to go on.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was enjoyable, but at times it was a little slow. I would recommend this to older audiences since it does deal with grief and depression. And be wary of those if you are sensitive to those subjects.

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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

Book Reviews

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay this is the most recent of Colleen Hoover’s books that’s out right now. And it’s weird. Like I think I get what Colleen Hoover was trying to do, but I honestly don’t think this is her best work. This is her first venture into YA and I think she should stick to New Adult.

First of all, there’s a part in this book where the main character Merit meets someone new and comments on how weird his name is. But like her entire family has weird names?? This is something that’s not really a big of a deal, but it annoyed me. Second of all, Merit is a horrible person. Her family is full of secrets and they’re all pretty bad people. The parents are awful and just I felt bad for her, but I also didn’t?

I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it and it still had the addicting factor that Coho books always have, but it wasn’t as good. The main character was just so unlikeable and the entire family was unlikeable. I recommend this to 15 and up since it does deal with some sensitive topics, but it’s still YA. I would pay attention to the trigger warnings because like I said it does deal with sensitive topics.

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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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