Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

30653853The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Published April 11th 2017

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

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I’d seen so much hype around this book and I was a little hesitant to pick it up because of that. I haven’t read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I wasn’t familiar with the author and didn’t know what to expect. I tried to not have a really high hopes going into this book but the hype definitely got to me.
I really loved how cute this book was. It was a great mix of fun, cute contemporary and dealing with serious issues. The main character, Molly, has anxiety and I really appreciated the representation. I personally felt like it was an accurate representation and it helped me relate to the main character a lot.
I loved the writing style. I think the writing is my favorite part about this book. There was just something about how Becky described everything that blew me away. It was so wonderfully written.
This is book is also really diverse (anxiety disorder, lots of PoC, LBGTQ) so that was pretty great.
The only thing that hindered me from giving this book 5 stars was the lack of emotional investment I had in The Upside of Unrequited. Even though I loved the writing and liked the characters, I couldn’t really become emotionally invested. I had a hard time loving Molly because the whole thing with her crushes was a little annoying to me. It felt repetitive and a lot like puppy love.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the writing style, diversity, and anxiety disorder representation. And even though I wasn’t completely emotionally invested in the characters, I still really liked them. If you’re looking for a great contemporary, I’d recommend The Upside of Unrequited.

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Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

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by Jim Butcher
Published: April 2000

Harry Dresden — Wizard Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment. Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting. Magic. It can get a guy killed.


I listened to this on audiobook as suggested by my boyfriend. He said that this was an absolute amazing series to listen to and that the narrator just brought Dresden to life. Mind you, I started geeking out when I found out the narrator was none other than James Marsters who is Spike from Buffy. So we were already off to a good start with this book.

I have to say it was a bit intimidating to dive into and it was a first person POV for the book, which wasn’t a complaint but something I didn’t expect for a book like this. I enjoyed Harry as a character, he was pretty funny, a bit sassy and innovated at times. The world wasn’t too bad, your general gritty Chicago areas. And a not so bad start to what I hear is an epic series.

I most definitely didn’t expect the bad person to be who they were which was AWESOME because I usually figure things like that out ASAP and in this book that didn’t happen which made me even more pleased. Some of this book seemed like it was just babble and filler for what was really going on but most of it was a page turner and I enjoyed that (ok well for me I’d get to my destinations and just sit in my car listening not wanting to stop). I can’t wait to keep going with the series.

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Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Published February 10th 2015

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I’d seen so much hype on Red Queen and so much negative reviews as well that I put this book off for months. Finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer. I had to read this book. And I’m so glad that I did.

I really enjoyed how this book was written. It was so well written and at times I forgot I was reading a book. I was just experiencing the story. That’s pretty rare for me so I think that was my favorite thing about Red Queen.

I’ve seen a lot of people saying that Red Queen is every YA book ever in one book. I can see why they would say that but I personally didn’t feel that way. This book was blow-my-mind original but I didn’t feel like it as copying or stealing ideas from other books. I didn’t read anything that blatantly similar to any other YA books that I’ve read.

The world building was simple and easy to understand, which I really liked. It wasn’t over the top and complex like some fantasy books. It was well done and easy to picture.

The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars is I never was emotionally invested in the characters. I started to toward the very end (like the last 10 pages) but I just didn’t feel anything towards the characters. I think I’ll be emotionally invested in the next book though. The last page was really great and I can’t wait for the sequel.

Overall, I really liked Red Queen. It was a fun fantasy and I read it in pretty much two sittings. While I wasn’t emotionally invested in the characters, I still really loved reading this book.

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Review: Let Me Go by D.C. Renee

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Published March 19th 2015

“Rape. One word changed his life. Mason Tredwell had it all. He was a good looking, well-respected doctor. He had money, power, and friends. He never worried about finding a woman to warm his bed. But that all changed when he was wrongfully accused of rape. And now, after five years in prison and the loss of everything he cared about, he wanted revenge.

Abandoned as a baby and bounced around different foster homes, Kat Gingham never really had a charmed life. But now, things were really falling apart. She had no money, no job, and even her lying, cheating boyfriend was gone too. She allowed herself one night to cry about her situation before she picked herself back up. But when she woke up, she was no longer at home, and she was no longer alone. She was facing Mason, a guy who claimed she ruined his life. And he’s hell-bent on breaking her down, humiliating her, making her feel like he has all these years.

With tension flaring, questions arising on both sides, and answers truly vague, one question remains: Will Mason let Kat go or are they both in too deep?”

Even though the overall premise of this book isn’t something I’d normal read, I still really enjoyed it.

My favorite thing about this book is the character development. Each character has crazy good development and each character is really, really well written. Let Me Go has some the best written characters that I’ve ever read about.

The plot is really well paced and I was very bored while reading. The writing style is really great. Everything about this book is really well written. I can’t stress that enough. All the words flow together perfectly, making it really easy to read.

Overall, this is great book. Everything is perfectly pieced together and it’s a really enjoyable story. If you’re looking for something new and different, definitely check this book out.

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