Review of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: As soon as I saw this at the book store, there was nothing that was going to stop me from buying it.

I could not read this book fast enough. Normally I anything from Jennifer L. Armentrout within hours of getting my hands on it. But because of the characters and plot of this book, I went slower. Not that it or anything was bad but because I wanted to grasp everything this book was telling me and treat it carefully.

Compared to other novels that Armentrout has written, this book did not make the top of the list. Maybe middle-ish. I really did like it, the plot, the characters, the deeper meanings of it all. But the book did not consume me as others by her have and continue to do.

Though the biggest thing to me about this book, was that the characters were flawed. And I mean FLAWED. I’m not saying that the struggles they went through (abuse), and are struggling to deal/and work with means that they or anyone in the world with the same struggles are flawed. But I’m just saying they are not your typical perfect characters or even perfect imperfect characters that are in most books these days. So in other words these characters are flawed in a way that makes them raw and real. That to me was the biggest drawl into the book.

480 pages. Hardback.

4 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction. Mature Themes.

Published by Harlequin Teen.

Summary: For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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Review of Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You #1)  by Jojo Moyes

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Review: I never thought I would be able to write a review for this book. Never though I could look at it again. To feel all the things it left with me when I put it down. I ignored that it existed, that I ever happened to read it. That I fell so deeply in love with the characters and the words. I never thought I would be able to pick up the book again or to think of it again and not cry my heart out. I have many books that have made me cry since I have found my passion for reading, but for this one in particular. I cried and lost a piece of my soul to this book, to these characters. So much so, that I could not even think of anything relating to this book for months or anything close to it. But here I am writing this to my viewers, to the world, about how this book changed me…

It all started when I the preview for the movie of Me Before You was released, I was hooked. I could not stop watching it over, and  over, and over again. To the point  that in one day I called and went to ten different bookstore or places that also sold books to get my hands on a copy. The day I picked it up, I stopped at nothing to read the whole thing. I had errands to run, so I ran them but ended up sitting in my car at the store parking lot reading for an hour. Before realizing  what I was doing, But that point I had given up on my day and went home to finish reading.

When I first started reading this book, all I could think was “wow, this is so different then what I normally read. I hope I still like the book.” I ended up falling head over heels for Louisa Clark and Will Traynor, their characters unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Along with the plot, that had me questioning my own opinions and morals.

By the time I got to the last half of the book, I was still going strong, meaning no tears as of yet. Till I got to one part that I will not mention, unless you ask me privately. but there was this one shinning moment that was so happy and full of love and hope, and then Will says this thing and then everything was broken. I was broken. From that moment on, I could barely read a couple of words before loosing my self to a sobbing mess. It took me a couple more hours to finally finish the book, and crying out the rest of the water in my body. Along with a sobbing phone call to my best friend ( where I barely made any sense to her, but she still got that it was about this book). And many weeks to months later that, even now its still hard to breath and to keep my eyes dry when thinking or talking about this book.

So if you want to have your life changed, heart ripped from your chest, soul sucked right out of you. This is the book for you.

369 pages. Paperback.

5 out of 5 stars.

Adult. Fiction. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. EXTREME SADNESS. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.  

Published by Penguin Books.

Summary: Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

 

Review of Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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Review: I had the best time reading this book, mostly because of the cover. I had no real clue why it was that way or what the book was even about. But just starting it and reading more and more into the life of Parker. I fell a little more into love with her character and her personality. And what a personality it is.

The more you get into this book the more The Rules, the cover, and the title of the book you understand. Once you get all of those, the book could not get any better.

I have never read about blindness before, I have read about being deaf and just a couple young adult novels about it. But this book showed me and taught me so much that I had no clue about. I know this has already been said a million, million times already this year. But we really do needs diverse books in the young adult book world ( or just world period).

Because this book opened my eye to what we are lacking in the book community that we so dearly need. This book was so great and amazing I can already see the movie being made for it.

4 out of 5 stars.

310 pages. ARC ( Advanced Reading Copy).

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction. Disability.

Published by Poppy.

Summary:

The Rules:

Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.

Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.

Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

Review of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Review: I was really afraid to read this book, mostly because of the huge expectations I had about it. But man, it just really blew me away with how real it was. I mean its hard enough being a teenager and going through life at that age, but to explain and expand on it? Rainbow Rowell has done an amazing job in writing this book. The whole time I was reading it, I just kept thinking back to when I was in high school and how confusing and emotional it was.

The characters, Eleanor and Park. They are just about every kid in high school and what they have to go through and feel. And how at that age not wanting to draw attention because you don’t want to be embarrassed or bullied. Also the fact that Rowell was able to capture two teenagers feelings when they fall in love for the first time. I just don’t have the words to describe it. Now the only reason that I only gave four stars is because some parts we a bit slow, but so achingly real about teenage life.

4 out of 5 stars.

336 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin.

Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Limited collector’s edition of Eleanor & Park features a new jacket, an exclusive Q&A with author Rainbow Rowell, and several stunning pieces of fan art.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Review: Man, I don’t even know where to start off this review! The book was so incredibly good, that I just don’t have the right words to describe how much I love this book.

Simon is one of the best main characters ever! I mean he is so down to earth, he is like any other person in how he talks. Which made the book even easier to relate too. And I thought I might not like the book at first, but after that first page I could not put this book down. I kept reading through dinner and whenever I had to get up and go around the house. I was really sad when I had finished the book and had to put it down, and return it back to the library. When I was only half way through I started taking pictures of the book and sending it to as many of my friends as I could think of for them to go and get the book to read. And I don’t really do that, well not the sending pictures part.

Anyway back to the plot and characters…

This plot could not have been any sweeter, what with the cute boys trying to get each others attention and the loyalty from friends. Yup, I’m lame I fell so in love with this book and Simon ad his struggles about coming out and finding his mysterious pen pal Blue! Gah, this book man, I can’t even.

5 out of 5 stars. ( I wish I could give it more)

303 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Boy/Boy. Glbt. Diverse.

Published by Balzer + Bray.

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.

-Summary from GooodReads.com

Review of The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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Review: This is the first book I have read from my OwlCrate shelf in my room ( I only have 3 on it at the moment). Overall the book seemed like a good summer read about friends and love. It was that and not else more, the characters and plot were not that strong or interesting. I was surprised that I had heard so much rave about the book, since it was very bland and kind of like a flat pop.

When I was getting to the end of the book, it felt like it was giving me mixed signals the whole way through and I really had no idea what was going on in the characters heads.

the only real part I like was the whole idea of saying yes for a whole night to ( within reason) ideas. But on the other hand I don’t feel like the author got out of her comfort zone, and out of the box with the ideas suggested to say yes to.

3 out of 5 stars.

304 pages. Hardcover.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Review: I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book, but I am so happy I did pick it up. I have heard some really great reviews, but nothing really on what this book was about. But the plot is easy to pick up and run with, because the writing is so good. Almost as if this is your own story that you are telling in your head.

The best part of this book other than the felling good about who you are as a person and with your body type, is the characters. I have not read and fallen into insta friendship/ love wit any characters as I have with Willowdean. She is like any other normal girl at her age who has hiccups with best friends and boys, along with a distant mother who wants to fix her. As I read this book, I felt everything Willowdean was going through, so much so I was ready to trash talked to her ( as it happened in the book). It’s a bit hard for me to describe her because she is so passionate and brave , but at the same time ( if and when you read the book) she will say she is nothing at all like that. Because to Willowdean, she doesn’t like new people, she doesn’t want to change who she is for a boy ( or for anyone else for that matter) and she doesn’t really care what anyone thinks of her.

The worst part of the book to me, was the ending. I like for a story to be all done and nothing left to wonder about. But for Dumplin, There were only a few small things that were left unsaid, but it doesn’t take away from the book/plot at all. I’m just me and want to know everything sometimes.

5 out of 5 stars.

384 pages. ARC. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by Balzer + Bray.

Summary: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

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Review: Ok, it only took me a little while to get into this book. Only because I have been crazy busy and never go a minute to read two pages in one sitting for the first half of this book.

Sage the main character was so cool and sweet! She made me feel a little bad about how not good and caring I am. I also wished I was back in high school too. So that I could do the Sage hot pink sticky note thing to everyone’s locker. I will now have to make my younger sister do it when she gets to high school. But in the mean time I am now going out and buying pink sticky notes, because they rock!

The other people in Sages group were also cool, just not as much as Sage. She is the Bomb. I wish there were more nice and caring people like her around to show us all up.

Sages hard past was sad to read along with some of the people in her group too. But I was happy to see that Sage and Shane were able to lean on each other to get through their tough times. I’m hopeful that the future is bright for them both.

Overall the book was very touching and sweet, covered in hot pick sticky notes.

4 out of 5 stars.

E-book. Received e-book from publishers for an honest review in return.

Young Adult. Mature Themes. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary: Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

Review of Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride by Anna Banks

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Review: It took me a little while to get into this book, but after I got rolling with it I could not stop myself from reading it. It felt like the plot of the book just swept me off my feet and took off. I really enjoyed this book for it’s diversity and hitting on topics that are a big thing in the world right now. I don’t normally see or reading anything like this in the other new young adult books that are out now. I’m hoping that in the future more books can be like joyride in this aspect.

I also really loved Carly’s work ethic even if it gave her no time for herself. I thought this was a great message to send out. I mean Carly works her butt off at two jobs and still has straight A’s from school. I also liked how important school was to her, even if it was not important to the rest of her family ( they didn’t want to her to, but to work more to earn more). That Carly thought it would be a good thing for her to go to school and get an education to help her and her family latter on in life.

A lot of times I didn’t really get Arden ( or Moss), but I liked how as the book went on you got to see the depth to his character and see him grow up. But I also felt that he helped Carly live and have fun, because she needed it, since she didn’t have much of a childhood ( or high school life). They were good for each other, which made the book.

 

5 out of 5 stars.

288 pages.

E-book.

I received an E-book copy from the publishers for an honest review in return.

Release Date June 2nd 2015.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary: A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

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Review: Love, Lucas started off pretty good but as the book went of it seemed that the plot got more childish along with the main characters. I understood that the characters were going through a hard time after losing Lucas, but the way their loss was written did not do the characters justice for their mourning.

I am not saying this was an awful book, but I am saying that it could have been better. By the end of the book I was feeling like I was reading one of those fan-fictions where I wish I could stop reading it but then you realized that you are too far into the book now.

The main character kind of drove me bonkers with her attitude and the way she handled tough emotions. But I am bias I’m really not the kind of person to show emotion ( sadness) to others. What I really did not like was at one point she try’s to leave a friend in need, I mean really he went to the hospital ( the only reason he did was to save you!). But yeah, there were a lot of moments that got to me and had me almost tear up. Almost.

3 out of 5 stars.

208 pages. Paperback.

E-book ARC from the Publishers for an honest review.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by Sky Pony Press. Release date May 5th 2015.

Summary:When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.

In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.

If only it were that easy.

But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?

With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.-Summary from GoodReads.com