Review: Genie in a Bottle (Whatever After #9)

Title: Genie in a Bottle (Whatever After #9)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Be careful what you wish for…

When my brother, Jonah, and I travel through our mirror into the story of Aladdin, we’re excited. There will be magic lamps and genies granting wishes. Right?


The genie we meet isn’t QUITE as helpful as we expected. And if Aladdin’s wishes don’t come true, he won’t get to marry the princess and live happily ever after!

Now we have to:

– Escape an enchanted cave

– Find forty buckets of jewels

– Plan a parade

– Learn to fly a magic carpet

Otherwise we’ll run out of wishes… and never get home!


There has been a renewed interest in the story of Aladdin since the live-action remake of the Disney movie came out, so it is the perfect time to read this story.

I love that there have been some fairytales featured in this story that have boys as the main characters. Many fairytales are geared towards girls because they are about little girls or princesses. There are some stories, like Aladdin, which are about boys.

I couldn’t figure out how this one would end while I was reading it. Abby and Jonah messed up the fairytale so many times, and I couldn’t guess how they would fix it this time. As always, it worked out in the end.

I loved this story! The next one is about Hansel and Gretel, and I’m excited to read it!

What to read next:

Sugar and Spice (Whatever After #10) by Sarah Mlynowski

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) by Jen Calonita

Have you read Genie in a Bottle? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – July 18

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is Bunny by Mona Awad.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“We were just these innocent girls in the night trying to make something beautiful. We nearly died. We very nearly did, didn’t we?”

Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort–a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and seem to move and speak as one. 

But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled “Smut Salon,” and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door–ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies’ sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus “Workshop” where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision. 

The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Review: I’ll Be There For You: The One about Friends

Title: I’ll Be There For You: The One about Friends
Author: Kelsey Miller
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

This definitive retrospective of Friends incorporates interviews, history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes to offer a critical analysis of how a sitcom about six twentysomethings changed television forever

When Friends debuted in 1994, no one expected it to become a mainstay of NBC’s Must See TV lineup, let alone a global phenomenon. In the years since, Friends has gone through many phases of cultural relevancy, from prime-time hit to 90s novelty item to certified classic. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe have entered the pantheon of great television characters, and millions of people around the globe continue to tune in or stream their stories every day.

I‘ll Be There for You is the definitive retrospective of Friends, exploring all aspects of the show from its unlikely origins to the elusive reasons why we still watch it. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most iconic moments, analyzes the ways in which Friends is occasionally problematic and examines the many trends it inspired, from the rise of coffee-shop culture to Friendsgivings to the ultimate 90s haircut, the Rachel.

Weaving incisive commentary, revelatory interviews and behind-the-scenes anecdotes involving high-profile guest stars, I’ll Be There for You is the most comprehensive take on Friends, and the ultimate book for fans everywhere. 


I loved this book!

I’ve been a fan of friends for as long as I can remember. I always had to be home from my dance classes on time on Thursday nights so I could watch the new episodes. It was a huge part of my life, and it’s still a comforting show to watch.

This book had so many fun facts of the show, including how the actors were cast. I loved all of these little anecdotes.

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but I’m so glad I read this book. I flew through it, because it was so entertaining. I highly recommend this book for fans of the show!

What to read next:

Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen

Have you read I’ll Be There For You: The One about Friends? What did you think of it?

‘Waiting on’ Wednesday – July 17

This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is How to Hack a Heartbreak  by Kristin Rockaway. The expected publication date is July 30, 2019.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Swipe right for love. Swipe left for disaster.

By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed helpdesk tech at a startup incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers—”Hatchlings”—who can’t even fix their own laptops, but are apparently the next wave of startup geniuses. And by night, she goes on bad dates with misbehaving dudes she’s matched with on the ubiquitous dating app, Fluttr.

But after one dick pic too many, Mel has had it. Using her brilliant coding skills, she designs an app of her own, one that allows users to log harrassers and abusers in online dating space. It’s called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight.

Mel is suddenly in way over her head. Worse still, her almost-boyfriend, the dreamy Alex Hernandez—the only non-douchey guy at Hatch—has no idea she’s the brains behind the app. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever.

What books are you waiting on this week?

Review: Moth and Whisper Vol. 1

Title: Moth and Whisper Vol. 1
Author: Ted Anderson and Jen Hickman
Genre: LGBT, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Everyone knows that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. Very few know that the Moth and the Whisper disappeared six months ago. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them. One supremely skilled but uncertain young genderfluid thief: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper.

Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile cyberpunk dystopia. Corporations run the streets while crime lords like Ambrose Wolfe run the alleys-identity is a commodity and privacy is impossible. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?

A YA cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead), that just HAD to be told at AfterShock!


This is an amazing new graphic novel with a genderqueer main character.

I was hooked on this story right from the beginning. It started with Niki pulling off some stealth thefts by changing their identity. It was so exciting to see them change their entire look with a special mask that draws on make-up. The plot was very exciting and the book was hard to put down!

It is so important to see genderqueer characters in books so that readers can relate to the characters. Niki’s genre idenity is only a small part of their story, but it helps out when they can change their look into either a man or a woman. It made the thefts more intense when they could disappear into a crowd by changing their identity in that way.

I loved this story!

Thank you Aftershock Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá

Have you read Moth and Whisper Vol. 1? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Auto-Buy Authors. Here’s my list:

1. V.E./Victoria Schwab

2. J.K. Rowling

3. Leigh Bardugo

4. Meg Cabot

5. Karen M. McManus

6. Shari Lapena

7. Laura Sebastian

8. Tahereh Mafi

9. Kristen Ciccarelli

10. Sandhya Menon

Who are your auto-buy authors?

Review: Please Send Help (I Hate Everyone But You #2)

Title: Please Send Help (I Hate Everyone But You #2)
Author: Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

In this hilarious follow-up novel to the New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone But You, long distance best friends Ava and Gen have finally made it to the same time zone (although they’re still over a thousand miles apart).

Through their hilarious, sometimes emotional, but always relatable conversations, Ava and Gen are each other’s support systems through internships, relationship troubles, questionable roommates, undercover reporting, and whether or not it’s a good idea to take in a feral cat. Please Send Help perfectly captures the voice of young adults looking to find their place in the world and how no matter how desperate things seem, you always have your best friend to tell it like it is and pick you back up.


This story follows Ava and Gen during their first jobs/internships. They finally live in the same time zone, but different ends of the country. Neither of their lives really work out in the way they had hoped, with one getting fired and the other getting an STD.

I love the two voices of Ava and Gen in this story. They’re both hilarious and relatable. Unlike other stories about two best friends, these ones have fights and hurt each other’s feelings. They’re realistic, which makes them relatable.

I loved this fun story! I hope they write another book in this series.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Giant Days by Non Pratt

The Twitter Diaries by Georgie Thompson and Imogen Lloyd Webber

Have you read Please Send Help? What did you think of it?