Review: The Upside of Unrequited


Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Purchased
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because 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. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And 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 an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Review:

I loved this book! I read it in one day!

I connected with Molly right away. I could really relate to her. I liked how she openly discussed her body image issues and how she felt self conscious about people not liking her because of her weight. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life so I could relate to those problems.

I’m an only child, so I couldn’t relate to Molly and Cassie’s relationship. But I have noticed how some friends become more distant when they get a boyfriend/girlfriend. I could understand that part of the story, and I think it would be believable for readers with close siblings.

I was so emotionally attached to this story. At times my heart was racing, and at others my eyes filled with tears.

This is a beautiful book. I absolutely loved it.

Blog Tour: The Divine Heart

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Title: The Divine Heart
Author: Danielle R. Mani
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: September 27, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Elle Collins spent most her life waiting for someone else to die…

When a heart donor is found, Elle awakes from surgery gifted with more than just a new heart—clairaudient messages and spiritual apparitions haunt her until she is convinced that she must be insane. Either that, or her donor is sending a message.

Desperate for answers the medical community can’t provide, Elle’s divination leads her to the family of her donor—a young girl named, Cas. With the help of her best friend, Rob—the guy who’s a testament that her new heart is capable of love, Elle must make sense of the clues Cas is sending. As pieces of Cas’s life and death emerge, Elle will discover that she and Cas share more than just a heart.

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Review:

This is a gripping novel. 

It is emotional at the beginning when Elle is sick. But after she gets her heart transplant the story takes an eerie turn, which was amazing. 

The story of Elle’s new powers is woven together perfectly with the ordinary problems that most teenagers face, such as first love. This makes the story relateable, even though there are paranormal aspects. 

The twists were so thrilling, I couldn’t put the book down. I ended up becoming suspicious of everyone, though there weren’t as many “bad guys” as I suspected. The conclusions were somewhat logical, but I enjoyed the mystery of it all. 

This is a great debut novel. I look forward to seeing what Danielle R. Mani comes out with next. 

About the Author:

Danielle R. Mani is a fan of the paranormal in both print and film. In her first book, The Divine One, Ms. Mani combines supernatural fiction with the everyday dramas of young adulthood. Her newest YA paranormal novel, The Divine Heart, is scheduled to be released later this year. Ms. Mani holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in communications. She is currently a doctoral student studying parapsychology. She resides in Westchester, New York, with her husband, four children, two dogs, and two rescue cats.

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Review: They Both Die at the End


Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

Review:

There has been a lot of hype about this book, and it didn’t disappoint me. 

The characters are instantly loveable. They have both suffered a lot, with the loss of their families. Even when Rufus makes mistakes, I was still rooting for him. 

The idea of finding out the day you die is a fascinating subject. It’s hard to decide if you would want to know. It’s intriguing to learn about your future, but it’s scary to know when you’ll die. Even the people in this story who tried to fight it, still ended up dying. You can’t change your fate. 

At the same time, I have to wonder if Death-Cast has a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since people know they will die that day, they don’t stop it when they sense it coming. This happens with Rufus’s family who don’t even try to escape the car crash that eventually kills them. 

There were some other minor characters whose Death-Cast-related stories were also told. At first, I didn’t like how these distract from the main plot. But these glimpses into other lives demonstrate how our lives are so interconnected. 

Even though the ending is given away in the title, I still kept hoping throughout the story that they would beat the odds. This is a very emotional story and I shed a few tears but I loved it. 

Blog Tour: The West Woods

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Title: The West Woods
Author: Suzy Vadori
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Evil Alter Ego Press
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Rating: ★★

Synopsis:

Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.

Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.

As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for.  If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same. 

Review:

This is a great story. 

It is a unique plot. Though it follows a typical fantasy storyline by taking place at a boarding school with a mysterious background, it was unpredictable. 

I liked the way that Courtney changed throughout the book. The effects of her wish really change her thoughts and actions. 

I wished there was more about Courtney’s dad in this book. I also thought that her conversations with Cole seemed forced. Sometimes they were repetitive and didn’t move the story forward. This book is part of a series so maybe in previous book Courtney’s dad and Cole have bigger parts. 

Even though I haven’t read the other book, I still enjoyed this one. And it’s by a Canadian author which is awesome! I’ll definitely keep my eyes open for the other book in the series. 

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Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-west-woods

About the Author:

Suzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three kids.

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Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)


Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchased
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review:

Cinder and her gang are back again in this third instalment of The Lunar Chronicles.

I love the way that Meyer works these fairytales into the setting of the book. For example, Wolf (from Little Red Riding Hood) is a street fighter. In this book, Cress (aka Rapunzel) has been imprisoned in a satellite her entire life, rather than in a tower. This works perfectly with this story, which has ventured out into space.

Cinder’s story continues to unfold in this story. I still find her part the most fascinating. Maybe that’s because she started the story so we know the most about her. I like the other characters too but they don’t feel as fleshed out as Cinder.

I love this series, and I wish it never had to end. My reviews for Cinder can be found here and Scarlet can be found here.

Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)


Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Source: Purchased
Release Date: June 28, 2005
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Review:

I love Greek mythology! So this series was made for me. Riordan does a great job of bringing Greek mythology into the modern world.

I kept smiling every time another myth was introduced into the story. For example, the Fates were in the story. They spin the threads of life. All of the myths were cleverly woven into the story.

There were also many twists that I didn’t expect. I did figure out who Percy’s dad was fairly early on. I think it was kind of obvious. But I was surprised at some of the other twists.

This is a great start to this series. I’m excited for the next books.

Review: 23:27


Title: 23:27
Author: H.L. Roberts
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: CaDaVa Publishing
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: September 2, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fame.

Money.

Glory.

These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don’t tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don’t tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn’t what you wanted at all.

They don’t tell you about the pressure that’s always on the verge of crushing you when you’re forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don’t tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No – they don’t tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it’s time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result…

“Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me.” – Lilith Rose.

Review:

This book jumps right into the action, which I liked. The writing got better as the story progressed. 

I was missing a lot of the background information in the beginning. I knew these characters were facing a lot of difficulties but I wasn’t convinced that I should root for them yet. 

Eventually, I got really into the story. There were some dramatic points where I had no idea what was going to happen next. That was exciting. 

I didn’t like that race was part of the reason that Alec and Lilith couldn’t be together. Up until that point, I didn’t even realize they were racially different. And their races were never mentioned again, so I think it was unnecessary. 

I was unsure of the setting throughout the whole book. I think it may be set in the U.K., because they mention that their album was released there but I’m not 100% sure. Sometimes they used British terms, but sometimes they used American terms. 

The story is alternately narrated by Lilith and Alec. I would have liked to see Lilith’s point of view more throughout the story. Alec tells most of it through the middle. It’s a bit of a secret how Lilith is feeling during that point so I can see why she has less parts, but I liked hearing her side of the story too. 

Overall, this was a pretty good story.