Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

13522285 The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Published: August 27, 2013

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.


 

I started this book and was enjoying it for the most part, but then it started becoming like every other contemporary I’ve read. Which is super frustrating. I really want to enjoy contemporaries and I feel like the world is against me with these books!

The plot feels super flat, like nothing really dramatic happens and it just feels like a semi-rip off of Paper Towns (figuring out the why this girl you’re dating all of a sudden stops consistently coming to school) and Looking For Alaska (tragic event that ends up looping to a close a the end of the book).

I enjoyed both of those books, but The Beginning of Everything really didn’t have much to offer. Ezra wasn’t that great of a character, and Cassidy was even worse I do believe. I found no common ground or ties to any of the characters and just found the whole book pretty bland.

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Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Published: September 27, 2011

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


I have never read a book quite as unique as this one. And I’ve never read a Patrick Ness book either and the beauty and imagery that is within this book makes me want to read every piece of work Patrick Ness has written, is writing and will write for the rest of time. Everything was written and thought out so perfectly to give us all a lesson one what Connor was going through.  A book which teaches us all about the weight and burden and difficulties of loss in life, especially through the eyes of such a young person.

Ness manages to portray such raw emotion especially towards the end. And it just made my heart ache how real and how real all of it was how real those emotions were. I’ve felt that loss I’ve fell the raw power of it and the hold it has on you when you can foresee that loss. And Ness found a way for even a person who hasn’t dealt with that yet, to understand what it feels like.

I’ve seen the way people have reacted to this book, and I have to say it most definitely is a heart-wrencher. It’s also impeccably illustrated.

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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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ARC Review : Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren

inconceivableINCONCEIVABLE! By Tegan Wren 
Expected Publication: November 16, 2015

A popular, young royal couple can’t produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!

When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he’s affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.

But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty’s journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can’t produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”


I received this ARC from the Author in exchange for an honest review. 
THIS IS ALSO A COVER REVEAL POST FOR INCONCEIVABLE! 

YAY A BOOK ABOUT ROYALS! So I never read a book like this. And I’m not sure if it was just I was in the mood for this, but from the moment I picked this book up, I COULD NOT put it down! I envisioned John is such a way that just kept me so engaged with this book that it got to a point where I was shushing my boyfriend when he even TRIED to start a sentence while I had this book in my hands. It was very much glued to me for the days it took me to read this.

I loved the transition from the light and fluffy and romantic walk through of John courting Hatty and their romance and love growing and into their marriage and the stress and difficulties of infertility. I’ve never really thought of this subject being a main focal plot point for a book, I’ve never read anything remotely close to the severity of this topic. Well, I have but I haven’t felt the weight of a topic like this that I’ve never dealt with hands on before. It was impressive how I felt the weight of Hatty’s grief on myself throughout her difficult times.

I’m glad that Wren gave Hatty and James a nice ending. I’m glad that there was a solution and happiness in the end. I think it was all wrapped up in a lovely little package and I’m super happy with this book as a whole. NOT TO MENTION THE ABSOLUTE GORGEOUS COVER! OMG. I couldn’t get over the beauty of the cover.

But as previously noted in other reviews, a contemporary/romance book I get through with ease, and read eagerly is an A++ in my book. So a round of applause for Tegan Wren on a wonderful and amazing job on this book. Can’t wait to read anything else you write!

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Also, if you’d like to order this book, it’s now available on amazon as of today!

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Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16068905Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published : July 3, 2014

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


I enjoy Rainbow Rowell’s books usually. I think I gave Landline a 3 or 4 out of 5 and Eleanor & Park a 5 out of 5. And I thought I’d love Fangirl I really did. I heard awesome things I had the most positive mind set, and it was one of the biggest let downs for me. And I don’t think there was anything wrong per-say with the book. I just couldn’t get into it and maybe it wasn’t the right book for me.

I have been pushing contemporary a lot lately. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon , Inconceivable by Tegan Wren, and now Fangirl maybe I just had a big contemporary overload. It took me 200 pages to get remotely interested. I didn’t like Cath I thought she was someone who I couldn’t relate to at all and most people wouldn’t. I understand having anxiety and being a shut in because I’ve dealt with all those problems and the way they it was portrayed through Cath I just didn’t know if it was something that was written like that purposefully or not.

I also didn’t really like the whole Simon Snow and Baz fanfic. I understand fanfic I used to write fanfic and I used to avidly read it and it was similar to what I’ve known fanfic to be, but, it just didn’t feel right for the Harry Potter esque feel I’ve heard this to be like. But I in no way found any relation to what magical fan fictions I’ve read and Carry On especially if she was getting the hits she was in the book.

I enjoyed Levi, I thought he was pretty awesome. And I thought he was a good voice of reason in times like  WHEN CATH DECIDED SHE DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE THE SECOND CHANCE HER PROFESSOR GAVE HER?! I would’ve KILLED for moments like that in college. I suppose it was just a lot of frustrating things that kept chipping away at me that kept me in a weird like/dislike stage with this book. I don’t want to say it’s a bad book, because it’s not.

It’s a good book for the right person. Contemporary has never been my cup of tea and I’ve somehow read 3 contemporary books in a row and not managed to throw myself off a bridge. But I do believe I need to take a break from contemporary, but maybe if i re-read this sometime later down the road, I’ll see it in a different light, but it sure as hell won’t stop me from reading Attachments at some point either this year or next.

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Excited at first, disappointed in the end.  Sorry Rainbow Rowell! I’m still a big fan though!

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Published: September 1, 2015

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.


(I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy from Netgalley.com)

Oh my goodness. This book was phenomenal. I had a big issue putting it down and trying to do things like eat,sleep and go to work. This book consumed me and I just gobbled it all right up. It took me about two days to finish and with sure will power I’m sure I could read this in less than a day.

I LOVED the writing style and the interactivity with seeing things like post-it notes, drawings of things Maddy was seeing, as well as things like post cards etc etc. I really liked being able to actually see all that stuff. It gave the book more of a “I’m there with her and really seeing this through her perspective” type of feel. I loved the characters from this book, none of which really annoyed me except for one person… but it was surprising because I feel like in most contemporaries that I read I don’t really like the characters.

Everything,Everything has a wonderful mix of love, loss, happiness, sadness, and everything in between. It’s a absolute killer debut novel for Yoon and I’m kind of upset she hasn’t published anything before this. GIVE ME ALL THE NICOLA YOON BOOKS TO COME! I’m so thrilled and absolutely in love with this book, I’d re read it right away if I didn’t have a list of books taller than me to read.

I didn’t expect to love this the way that I did. And I’m so happy that I did love it as much as I do. I honestly felt the love, the excitement all emotions portrayed in this book. It didn’t make me cry but most definitely a tear jerker. And you all know it’s true because I’m not a big contemporary reader but the book was great!

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

17199504The Bone Season by Samathan Shannon
Published: August 20, 2013

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


 

Oh my goodness. I cannot believe it took me so long to read this. This book was just so beautifully written and SO UNIQUE! So it’s about a girl named Page who is clairvoyant but beyond that she’s one of the most rare clairvoyants out there, she’s a dream walker. She can walk into peoples dreamscapes and push them to the point of insanity/death. It’s super crazy and there’s a whole bunch of different voyant types. So the whole big thing about this book is that it’s a future set book and Paige is kidnapped and brought to the remnants of Oxford. Where voyants are awake during the night and sleep during the day and those who are brought into the city have to work their way up from white to pink to red jackets. Red Jackets are the highest ranked and whoever doesn’t pass their testing gets a yellow jacket and whomever doesn’t pass again turns into a jester of sorts.

It’s a very old school set government Nashira Sargas is “The Blood Sovereign” who basically rules everything with Arcturus (Warden) as her betrothed who also goes by “The Blood Consort” These two VERY HIGHLY RANKED people find interest in Paige. And Warden takes her under his care to teach her how to control her powers of dream walking and pass her tests. I don’t want to go TOO much further into the plot because I’m already super excited and worked up and I DO NOT want to spoil this.

But anyway so I want to give Samantha Shannon the biggest round of applause because I think this is one of the most unique things I’ve read in such a long time. A brand new concept that just sucked me in and was action packed for the most part.  I’d say 80% action. 20% WHY ARE YOU MAKING THESE CHOICES WHAT IS HAPPENING OMG THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING ALL OF THE QUESTIONS I HAVE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON. That’s the best way I can explain it.

The characters. OH MY GAHD The characters. I loved Paige. WARDEN oh man he was so swoon worthy. Nick was amazing I fell in love with Nick. All the characters were different all had different flaws and Nashira was just pure bitch and it made me hate her so SO SO much. She was almost as bad as Dolores Umbridge on how much I hated her.

The writing was fabulous. SO descriptive but not to the point where you had an 800 page book on your hands. There are so many good things I can say about this book but I like to keep my reviews a bit on the shorter side and I’ve clearly surpassed that. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book if you enjoyed anything related to Divergent and are looking for more of an adult fantasy  to dive into. I know most adult fantasy can be hefty but this most definitely has it’s moments where you can (I didn’t) get a bit lost. But have no fear, it all resolves itself in the end. Please pick this gem of a book up. The Mime Order is the second book in this series and then it’s rumored to be a seven book series. Which makes my heart jump with ALL THE JOY.

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Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

13188676The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.


 

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I cannot believe that this series is done. I have nothing to read (other than companion novellas) that will have Warner or Juliette in it. Which is…heartbreaking. Mafi is an absolute genius, although it bothers me that Adam wasn’t….as developed as others, but that’s okay. I still think that Mafi is one of the most fluid and and captivating authors I’ve ever read. And I cannot explain how much I appreciate that in this series. It wasn’t only the story that kept me reading, it was Mafi’s smart choice of words and how the interlocked and complimented each other to the highest extent.

The Shatter Me trilogy is definitely a great journey, a lovely read, and I don’t think I’ll ever meet anyone who doesn’t like the series (if you don’t like it and your reading this, please let me know that I’ve been proven wrong, please take my ego down a few notches, I beg of you).  I cannot wait to see what the TV show will be like, and I most DEFINITELY cannot wait until Mafi releases more books.

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Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Published : February 5, 2013
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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.


 

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I loved how she went from this naive completely push-over woman to this … semi naive but stronger woman. I can only imagine what Ignite Me is going to hold for her.

NOW, on the topic of Warner vs. Adam. I AM TEAM WARNER. I cannot explain how true that above gif is. Warner is just more…he’s got more finesse, he’s more intense, he has more emotion than Adam, I feel like. He’s perfection. He makes me sooooo gitty.

But I honestly cannot get over the impeccable writing style that is Mafi’s. She just knows exactly what words to use, what nouns and adjectives bring out the most vivid imagery of characters, plot, scenery. This book is absolutely stunning. A great great great second installment.

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Review: Hey Sunshine by Tia Giacalone

25392676Avery Kent knows that life can change in an instant: one second you’re on your way out of small-town life, the next you’re left heartbroken and stunned when your thrill-seeking high school boyfriend runs off in pursuit of a potentially dangerous dream.

Four years later, everything is different. When Chase returns, admitting he made a mistake and asking for a second chance, Avery wants to think she can trust him again.

But when the arrival of a handsome, quiet stranger named Fox shifts Avery’s focus, she realizes that things are about to get a lot more complicated.

When is a lot of history enough reason for a future? And how do you ignore the way someone makes you feel, especially when they were the last thing you ever expected?

A college age, New Adult romance – for readers 17+ due to mature themes

Stay tuned for Book 2 in the Hey Sunshine series – coming late 2015


 

This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review

So I’m not to be a big romance reader and I have to say, for a romance, in my book this book did a great job. Avery was an alright character in my eyes but I definitely didn’t like her as much as I did Fox. The only thing that kind of bothered me the most was Chase. I couldn’t STAND Chase and I’m not quite sure why.

The beginning for me was a little hard to get into but once I got that pace going it was really easy to keep it going and finish it in a really quick timeframe. Which made me super happy. This was quick and enthralling even though it wasn’t a genre I pick up quite often. It’s hard to get me to enjoy something outside of my little world of fantasy. I love world building and character development and obviously world building has no place here in a new-adult romance. So I have to say I think the character development could’ve been pushed a bit more and that I didn’t really relate to anyone but, that’s okay. It still was a very solid read.

So I definitely have to give some major props to Tia for getting me through a new-adult romance without making me want to completely jump out the window. Granted I still felt semi-out of place reading it. But definitely a good read. Pick it up before late 2015 so you can hit up that sequel!

A big thanks to the author of this book for sending this to me to review it.

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