To Be Honest

To Be Honest

Author: Maggie Ann Martin

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she’ll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn’t count on is that her mother’s obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy’s mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.

Between her mom’s diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Happy release day to Maggie Ann Martin!

Body shaming is a serious topic and I am so glad that an author addressed this! This was a cute and honest read, with a great message: If you like how you look, screw everyone else!

I loved the topics that are addressed because not many authors I have come across have plus size characters or address eating disorders (just my opinion). Not only does it address plus size girls, but also being a nerd in high school. Man can I tell you I related! I wasn’t necessarily amazing when it came to school, but I was definitely a nerd (book nerd). The author shows you how, just because you are nerdy, there is always someone out there for you. You really see what body shaming can do to a person, for both her and her mother, and I thought it really added depth to the novel.

The character development wasn’t super apparent because the characters were pretty stagnant, just growing their relationship. I love that she showed two different perspectives on how body shaming can effect a person. One being Savannah, who is very comfortable with who she is. Then there is her mother who went through a show, Shake the Weight (like Biggest Loser), because her husband left her and she feels it was because of her weight.

Overall, this wasn’t one of my top books of the year, but I still enjoyed reading it. It was a super sweet and cute read. I would suggest it to anyone looking for a nice contemporary read that addresses some real life topics.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Best. Adaptation. Ever.

When I heard that this was being made into a movie and by Netflix I was a little scared since they have never done one before. I am always weary when it comes to book to movie adaptations because usually there are major plot lines missing. I don’t think I have ever seen one done as well as this one, definitely the best contemporary book to movie adaptation. The characters were spot on, all major plot points were there, Lara Jean’s fashion was on point, and the music was perfection. I mean obviously there were some things missing because you can’t fit EVERYTHING into an hour and a half.

What did I notice was missing?

1. There only made cookies once, and they were chocolate chip.

I was really hoping to see the famous fruitcake cookies IRL, but alas it was a part that was taken out. I mean at least they made cookies once!

2. No Car Crash

In the book Lara Jean get into a car crash and Peter pulls over to help her. It was a contributing factor to him driving her once they start their relationship since her car is out of commission. I was a little confused that this wasn’t in it, but once again not a huge deal.

3. No Visiting John Ambrose

I think this was the biggest part that was left out. In the book Lara Jean goes to a model UN to confront John Ambrose about the letter and then chickens out when she sees him. In the movie he suddenly shows up in the end after some credits, obviously to set it up for another movie.

John Ambrose McClaren comes to Lara Jean's house.

4. The Hot Tub Video

This video doesn’t leak until the second book. So I wish they maybe would have done something else here that was in the first book.

5. Setting Changes

There were many scenes that happened at different locations in the book, but that is fine, not a huge change.

I mean I can sit here all day pointing out small details that were different, but those can be because of budget issues and such. Overall I think they did such a stupendous job on this movie. I can only hope that Netflix makes a sequel like they hinted and make more book adaptations!

What did you think of the movie?

 

 

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BookExpo and BookCon Haul

BookExpo and BookCon Haul

I am a bit late on the bandwagon, but I wanted to share some of the books that I got when I attended BookExpo and BookCon. I got to BookExpo and was absolutely overwhelmed with all of the books that were being given out. Though I am proud to say that I was able to obtain the top five books that I really wanted.

  1. Wildcard by Marie Lu

This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and I was dying to get my hands on it. On the first day I had seen a short line of people by penguin and asked what they were lined up for and was told it was for Wildcard! This amazed me because I had not seen anywhere that it was going to be dropped. So I hopped in the line, which we were told wasn’t a line because we weren’t supposed to line up until 15 minutes before, but I got it! Then I ended up getting a second copy because I also went to her signing. So, if you are wondering, I am giving away my second copy!

2. Wicked King by Holly Black

I read Cruel Prince back in March and absolutely fell in love with Holly Black. Her storytelling is amazing and I was hoping to get a copy of the second book in the series. There was a lot of speculation if it was actually going to be there or not because there was a saws drop, but no official galley drop had been announced. So, the group I was with and I decided to ask someone about it and he told us a password was dropping at 10 (I don’t think he was supposed to have told us). We waited around until 10 and the second it dropped we ran up and I got the second copy! I was so thrilled!

*** shoutout to Haley for staying with me at Wildcard and Wicked King!

3. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I would say that this was one of the most sought out books of this years BookExpo and BookCon. I had attempted to get it at the first drop and signing, but the lines were too long. Then on the last one I decided to swing by and the line wasn’t too long, so I got in. I get close to the front and there is only a very small stack left. I am so worried and then . . . I get the LAST copy! I was so happy I didn’t stand in a line for nothing!

4. Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen

I read this book in March and loved the world that A.C. had created because it reminded me of my favorite childhood show, Avatar the Last Airbender! I was in line for the Wildcard signing when I was looking at instagram stories and noticed that she said you could go to the booth and request a copy, so I had someone hold my spot and I ran to get one. Then I was walking back and ran into A.C.! She is literally the sweetest author ever! I also ended up getting a second copy of this because I went to her signing because there was nothing else going on.

5. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

I made sure to get in line early for this one because I knew that I really wanted it. I have recently read the first two books and love Kerri’s storytelling! I was about the 20th person in line. I got to the front and she was really nice and it ended up that the first 100 people in line got a signed moonlight carnival ticket as well, which was awesome!

6. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

8. Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

9. Check, Please: #HOCKEY by Ngozi Ukazu

10. 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordon

11. A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss

12. Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

13. Furyborn by Claire Legrand 

14. When Elephants Fly by Nancy Fischer

15. The Darkdeep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

16. The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

17. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Briggid Kemmerer

18. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

19. The Girl King by Mimi Yu

20. Black Wings Beating by Alex London

21. Seafire by Natalie Parker

22. Rule by Ellen Godlett

23. Sadie by Courtney Summer

24. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 

25. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

26. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

27. Emipire of Sand by Tasha Suri

28. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout 

29. Not So Normal Norbert by James Patterson

30. Odd & True by Cat Winters

31. Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

32. Sea Witch Sarah Henning 

33. To be Honest by Maggie Martin

34. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

35. RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

I think that is everything I got! I had such an amazing first time at both conventions and hope to attend again in the future!

P.S. this list includes books I got when trading

 

You can see my original haul here: https://youtu.be/68lqA3I9erA

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Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Mystery, Historical, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book has been on my TBR pile for a super long time. I kept putting it off because I don’t typically read historical books. I decided to finally read it since I want to meet Kerri Maniscalco at BEA and BookCon and oh my gosh I loved it!!

Kerri Maniscalco has recreated an amazing world loosely centered around true events. I think it is amazing that the author was able to put true parts of the Jack Ripper history into the book. I have never really learned a lot about Jack the Ripper, so it was such a fun read to experience. This book was nothing like I have ever read in the past.

This author keeps you on your toes the whole time guessing who around the main character could be Jack the Ripper and why they are doing it. You will not want to put this down until you have read the very last sentence.

The character development was outstanding. Kerri Maniscalco makes you thinking a certain opinion about a character and show the growth of them to becoming such an outstanding character. I absolutely loved the development of Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell.

I cannot wait to read Hunting Prince Dracula and fall more in love with Kerri Maniscalco’s characters and beautiful writing. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in history, mystery, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down. Please, please go read this now!

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The Thought Readers

The Thought Readers

Author: Dima Zalen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Everyone thinks I’m a genius.

Everyone is wrong.

Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that’s not because I’m unusually smart or hard-working.

It’s because I cheat.

You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality—the place I call “the Quiet”—where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.

I thought I was the only one who could do this—until I met her.

My name is Darren, and this is how I became entangled with all the Russians and learned that I’m a Reader.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book was free on the kindle and out had an interesting sounding plot, so I decided to download it to read while on vacation. It sounded similar to the typical free book plot of someone being a mind reader and then finding someone else who could also do this. Though it turned about to be a very interesting plot that was extremely different to the other books that I have read in the past.

The book started out with the author explaining how the power that the main character has works. I was super into the authors take on mind reads. I kept waiting for it to get better and then it just seemed to get really repetitive and going in circles. I mean I liked the overarching theme and plot that the author laid out, but it just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.The character development was rushed. I felt like I couldn’t really understand these characters with the short backstory provided.

I mean this wasnt a bad book, it just wasnt a super good one either. Though this is to be expected from a free book on the kindle. It was a good book for being free, but I wouldn’t read it again.

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Attachments

Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

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Spoiler free Summary:

I recently read a couple books about people who met online and later met in person and found this while looking for another similar to the others. I have heard so many good things about this book over the years and was excited to read it since I loved Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I ended up starting this when I got on my cruise, but honestly had the hardest time getting through the first half, it just seemed to go on and on with useless information.

I thought some things that didn’t seem like they belonged were the Y2K aspects and the going to the Sacajawea concerts. I mean don’t get me wrong after halfway through I was fully invested and loved it, I just had a hard time getting to that point. Then when things began to speed up I couldn’t put the book down and Rainbow Rowell’s genius came out to shine.

I really think this can be a very good book for people to read because all of the topics that it touches, just know not to give upon on it if you don’t like the beginning. I will definitely try reading more of the authors book in the future.

I would recommend this to anyone likes contemporary and romance!

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Alex, Approximately 

Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…

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Spoiler free Summary:

I recently read P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and really enjoyed it and wanted a read similar to it and found this book in the search. This is one of those super easy and fun reads that could help you get out of a reading slump if you want. I started and finished this book on my two flight today and really enjoyed it!

I really enjoy when authors can incorporate things such as texting and messaging so well into novels. One thing I hate is when it is hard to distinguish the difference between messages and real life and the author did an awesome job on letting you know. It really shows people where we have come over the years, being able to making friends over apps who share your hobbies, without ever knowing who they truly are.

I really liked the growth that the author showed in the characters from beginning to end. One thing that I didn’t like was that the author gave away the mystery by revealing who Alex would be in the book description. I mean I still guessed it in this book and P.S. I Like You, but I still enjoy to be questioning it until the very end. So, I would say that was the biggest downfall in the whole book. Otherwise it was such a fun read!

I would recommend this to anyone likes contemporary and romance!

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Reign the Earth

Reign the Earth

Author: A.C. Gaughen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Spoiler free Summary:

The first thing that comes to mind for me is: Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was obsessed with this show as a kid and this book brought back all of the awesome memories because if the elemental powers.

A.C. Gaughen has created an amazing world for you to fall in love with. I love how creative her imagination was when it came to devising these wonderful parts of the world that the characters live in. This novel was such an out of the box idea that translated into something unlike anything I have ever read before. This book reminded me if The Wrath & The Dawn and Avatar: The Last Airbender had a book baby together.

This author keeps you on your toes the whole time you are reading. I loved that she had multiple plot twists that totally blind sided me. You will not want to put this down until you have read the very last sentence.

The character development was outstanding. I felt like I could really get into the story since she made these characters so personable. Shalia had such a fascinating growth throughout this whole novel.

Reign the Earth will be one of those books that I will think about forever and definitely re-read in the future. I cannot wait to meet AC Gaugen at BookCon! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, faeries, action, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down.

Side-note: I don’t typically read the acknowledgments at the end of a book, but for some reason did this time. If you read this book you need to read it also, this authors story is amazing, She persevered through so many hardships to get this wonderful book out to us, her readers.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I will honestly come out an say this, I read this book after seeing the trailer for the movie. I did not want to feel guilty for seeing the movie, so I decided that it was finally time to read the book. It was such a different pace compared to the books that I usually read and I actually genuinely enjoyed it!

Becky Albertalli really trances you into being emerged into the world that she has created. I feel that the idea of anonymously emailing someone is a subject that is so present into todays society. I mean people are constantly talking to people from different places with todays social media and anyone could get into a situation like Simon with someone close or far away.

The character development was so unique to me because I have never read a book that deals with something such as coming out. It really hits close to home because one of my best friends came out to a couple years ago. It is so surreal to see how he was probably experiencing high school around all of us friends who were in a totally different world. Simon was a stupendous main character and reminded me SOOOOOO much of friend, honestly it was crazy. There were literally so many parts of the book where I was like oh my gosh this was my friend in high school.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was such an eye opening read! I would highly recommend everyone to read this book!

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Book Expo America and BookCon 2018

Book Expo America and BookCon

As many of you know I am pretty recent in the blog and youtube community. I have been following book people since high school, but did not start actively posting until about August or September 2017. Since I have been following everyone since I was about 16 I have constantly heard of Book Expo and BookCon and have always been super jealous of everyone going. Every year I have told myself “one year I will go to this.” I am happy to say the day has come!

In February I bought my older sister and I tickets to BookCon. Then I decided to apply as a blogger to Book Expo, but I was fully aware that I have very little followers and views. I totally expected to get rejected, I was mainly applying to know the process and know what I should try to fix on my bogs to get accepted the next year. I had up to 21 business days to get a reply on my status. Once I hit the 21st day I was a bit down that I hadn’t heard ANYTHING, not even a rejection.

Then it happened.

I was on my home from dropping someone off at the bar at night and saw an email ding on my phone. I just figured it was for my work, then I saw it said Book Expo. I did a mini freakout and was so nervous to look. Then I decided to finally brave it and went into the email. Then I saw the best words ever “Your request for a badge has been approved.” I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, against everything I thought I was actually approved!

So, I am so happy to say I will be on my way to New York for the best 5 days of my life at the end of May!

Is anyone else going? Please let me know because I will be at Book Expo by myself and need people to brave the crowds with me!

p.s. If you have been and have been and have any advice please comment it 🙂

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