Review: Gudetama: Love for the Lazy

Title: Gudetama Love for the Lazy
Author: Wook-Jin Clark
Genre: Graphic Novel, Humour
Publisher: Oni Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Gudetama: Love for the Lazy is inspired by the worldwide hit Sanrio character and animated series star!

Dating is exhausting, so let’s take a lighthearted approach to exploring it with Gudetama, everyone’s favorite grumpy egg! From navigating first-date smalltalk to recovering from being dumped, Gudetama is your guide to finding love…even when you’re lazy.

Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, and home to many other beloved character brands including ChococatMy MelodyBadtz-MaruKeroppiGudetama and Aggretsuko

Review:

Gudetama is a character that was created by Sanrio, the company who created Hello Kitty. Gudetama is an egg yolk, who is extremely lazy. He doesn’t want to get up and he often doesn’t even want to speak. He would like to just go to sleep.

In this story, Gudetama gives relationship advice to people who need help. They all have different problems with finding love. Gudetama often accompanied these people on their dates, but he wasn’t much help. He is quite lazy and uninterested in life, so his advice didn’t always help.

This was an entertaining book. I really enjoyed it.

Thank you Oni Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Gudetama’s Guide to Life by Brian D. Clark

Have you read Gudetama: Love for the Lazy? What did you think of it?

'Waiting on' Wednesday – January 15

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 Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales. The expected publication date is March 3, 2020.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

Summer love…gone so fast.

Ollie and Will were meant to be a summer fling—casual, fun, and done. But when Ollie’s aunt’s health takes a turn for the worse and his family decides to stay in North Carolina to take care of her, Ollie lets himself hope this fling can grow to something more. Dreams that are crushed when he sees Will at a school party and finds that the sweet and affectionate (and comfortably queer) guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.

Will is more than a little shocked to see Ollie the evening of that first day of school. While his summer was spent being very much himself, back at school he’s simply known as one of the varsity basketball guys. Now Will is faced with the biggest challenge of his life: follow his heart and risk his friendships, or stay firmly in the closet and lose what he loves most.

What books are you waiting on this week?

Review: Every Other Weekend

Title: Every Other Weekend
Author: Abigail Johnson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Can life begin again…every other weekend?

Adam Moynihan’s life used to be awesome. Straight As, close friends and a home life so perfect that it could have been a TV show straight out of the 50s. Then his oldest brother died. Now his fun-loving mom cries constantly, he and his remaining brother can’t talk without fighting, and the father he always admired proved himself a coward by moving out when they needed him most.

Jolene Timber’s life is nothing like the movies she loves—not the happy ones anyway. As an aspiring director, she should know, because she’s been reimagining her life as a film ever since she was a kid. With her divorced parents at each other’s throats and using her as a pawn, no amount of mental reediting will give her the love she’s starving for. 

Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. But when one’s life begins to mend while the other’s spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed.

Review:

Adam and Jolene both have separated parents. They meet when Adam visits his dad on the weekends at his new apartment. Adam escapes from his unpleasant situation to be with Jolene, who also has a complicated family life. She stays with her dad’s new girlfriend on the weekends because he stays at work all the time to avoid her. She is used as a pawn in her parents’ divorce.

Though both Adam and Jolene spend time at the same building every other weekend in their fathers’ apartments, they have very different situations. Adam’s parents are separated but they still love each other. Jolene’s parents trade her back and forth, but don’t actually care about her. Though Adam’s father wants to give him attention, Adam pushes him away. At the same time, Jolene craves love but can’t get it from either of her parents. I liked that though they were similar, there were also drastic differences in their lives.

There was also an uncomfortable relationship between Jolene and another neighbour at the apartment. I won’t spoil what happens, because I don’t like to give spoilers, but there was an inappropriate incident that occurred. It was kind of predictable that it would happen because there were warning signs leading up to it, but Jolene didn’t notice them. It was a scary moment, but it made sense that Jolene would find herself in that situation.

I really liked the ending of this story. It was a great book!

Thank you Inkyard Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson

A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison

Have you read Every Other Weekend? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019

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 Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019. These are the new-to-me authors I read in 2019. Here’s my list:

1. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

2. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

3. The Golden Tresses of the Dead (Flavia de Luce #10) by Alan Bradley

4. A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

5. The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

6. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

8. American Royals (American Royals #1) by Katharine McGee

9. Wherever She Goes by K.L. Armstrong

10. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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What’s your list of books on your Top Ten Tuesday?

Review: One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying #2)

Title: One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying #2)
Author: Karen M. McManus
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There’s a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there’s a whole new set of rules.

Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now. 

This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game. 

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark. 

Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare. 

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules. 

Review:

This is another great thriller from Karen M. McManus.

The cliffhangers at the end of the chapters were great. I found it really difficult to put the book down, even when I was reading before bed. The big plot twists, like who was getting a “Truth or Dare” text from the mysterious person, were set up for a few chapters before happening, so I was kept guessing.

This is the first book by Karen M. McManus that I’ve read that I didn’t guess the ending before I finished it. Some of the clues to who is responsible for the “Truth or Dare” texts isn’t given until after they were revealed, so I don’t think you could figure it out before the end. However, there was a huge reveal in the final pages, which really shocked me. I hope there will be a third book in the series!

I loved this book!

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Other Books in the Series:

Have you read One of Us Is Next? What did you think of it?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? – January 13

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading The Tenant by Katrine Engberg.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill's Weekly Wrap-Up – January 12

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 8 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?