The Upside of Falling (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

Published by  HarperTeen on February 18, 2020

Genres: Contemporary

Pages: 284

Format: e-book

Source: library

2020 challenge: 2020 read

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

A fun, flirty teen debut from Wattpad phenom Alex Light about a fake relationship and real love.

It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having had a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone. 

Brett Wells has it all. As captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in his school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom.

When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be the mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not having a meaningful relationship and she can keep up the ruse that she’s got a boyfriend. 

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy, though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined.

When the line between what is pretend and what is real begins to blur, they’re forced to answer the question: Is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

My Thoughts:

I found this to be a super fun read. I always love books that tackle both fake dating as troupe but also have both lead characters POV. I also liked how this book dealt with harder topics like divorce and the family drama. I also really liked being in becca head and seeing her as book lover. I love that this book also focused so much on their friendship and a fun cast of side characters. I would def read more by this author in the future. 

Leah on the Off Beat: (Non-Spoiler Review)

Leah on the Off Beat  by Becky Albertalli

Published by   Balzer + Bray; Reprint Edition on May 7, 2019

Genres: Contempory

Pages: 668

Format: Hardback

Source: bought

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, Love, Simon—we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.

She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.

It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

My Thoughts:

 I really struggled with this read. I have so many mixed feelings about this read. I loved being back in the simon verse world. But had a hard time getting emotionally invested in the relationship at all. Also i really struglled with leah as a main character and she here choices i struggled with. It was hard read and the only highlight was the being back in the world again. 

Her Royal Highness (Non-Spoiler review)

Her Royal Highness  by Rachel Hawkins

Published by   G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2019

Genres: Contempory

Pages: 288

Format: Physical Book

Source: Personally Bought

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. Heartbroken and ready for a change of pace, Millie decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.

Soon, Millie is accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Here, the country is dreamy and green; the school is covered in ivy, and the students think her American-ness is adorable. 

The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess. 

She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland. 

At first, the girls can’t stand each other, but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, but Millie knows the chances of happily-ever-afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it? 

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I thought this book was a fun take on royally themed novel. I also really liked how this book tackled BI characters and just found it to the perfect beach read. I also loved the setting of this read. I ALSO really liked the newspaper articles that was featured in this book and helped expand the world. I really loved the side characters featured in this book and also how this book connected to the characters in the first novel. This book just put a smile on my face and hope for more books in this series in the future.

What I am reading monday!!

So I really excited to dive into some spooky read this week and hope to tackled between four or five!! Lets get into it!

What I finished reading!!

I really loved this read and felt it was the prefect balance between steamy but also a fun read with a fun characters and some high jinx!!

What I want to read next!!

I am really excited to dive into this read and dive into this spooky forest!1

What I want to read next!!

Really excited to tackle the finale book in this duology.

What I am listening too!!

I really hope you are able to tackle some spooky read this week!

Happy halloween!!

Later book lover!!

Heartstopper: Volume One (Non-Spoiler review)

HeartStopper Vol 1  by Alice Oseman

Published by   Graphix on May 5, 2020

Genres: Graphic Novel

Pages: 288

Format: ARC

Source: ALA

2019 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner..

My Thoughts:

*I got this book for the pubisher for my honest thoughts*
I really loved this read. I have not read the previous books that these characters came from but boy did this book/graphic novel capture my heart from page one. I also really loved the art style in the graphic novel. I really liked how this book focused both on slow burn relationship but also learning about your sexuality and it was such a fun read. I read it in one sitting and feel in love with these characters. I am dying to read more in this series and can’t wait!

Red White Royal Blue (Non-Spoiler Review)

Red White Royal Blue  by Casey McQuiston

Published by   St. Martin’s Griffin on May 14, 2019

Genres: Adult

Pages: 432

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius―his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. 

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic. 

My Thoughts:

I really wound up likening this read alot. I love the premise the prince falls for the first son. I really love how this whole book was set in the backdrop of presidential election of a female up for her second term. This is def a slow burn story and the pacing was on the slower side for me but I still really enjoyed it and loved how this book focused on self discovery. This book was only told in one character POV and sometimes wish we were also in Henry head. I loved the side characters as well, I struggled with the pacing a bit. Also a note this a adult read so language and sex scenes alert. I really loved the characters and the concept of this read and would read more by this author!

A Dash of Trouble (Non-Spoiler Review)

A Dash Of Trouble  by Anna Meriano

Published by   Walden Pond Press; Illustrated Edition on January 8, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 336

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate Junior

2019 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.

Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration—but, once again, she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they’re brujas—witches of Mexican ancestry—who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake.  

Leo knows that she has magical ability as well and is more determined than ever to join the family business—even if she can’t let her mama and hermanas know about it yet.

And when her best friend, Caroline, has a problem that needs solving, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong? 

Debut author Anna Meriano brings us the first book in a delightful new series filled to the brim with amor, azúcar, y magia.

My Thoughts:

I really found this book to be so charming. It was book the was both diverse but also such a fun witchy themed read. I loved how this book focused so much on family and backing. I loved how the magic system in this book developed. It was such a quick read. This book also handled typical things like dealing with grief, friendship and trying to find your place in the world. I will def be checking out more books by this author in the future. 

Cress (Non-Spoiler Review)

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Published by   Feiwel & Friends; 1st Edition on February 4, 2014

Genres: fantasy

Pages: 598

Format: AudioBook

Source: audible

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, 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 prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped 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 being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

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

My Thoughts:

So good. Loved meeting cress and see what happen to all the characters. such a fast read. This still remains one of my favorite books of this series. I finally loved how all these characters finally met. I loved the developed of cress and thorne relationship and love the twist on the rupenzle myth. I really loved how complex this story is but also how it growed off of the other books! Very excited to tackle the final book in this series. 

Slay (Non-Spoiler Review)

Slay  by Brittney Morris

Published by  Simon Pulse; Reprint Edition (September 24, 2019)

Genres: Contempoary

Pages: 336

Format: Hardback

Source: Borrowed

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give in this dynamite debut novel that follows a fierce teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther–inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for Black gamers.

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was very unique and such a important read. I really liked how this book tackled some harder and difcult issues like racism and gaming in society. This book was a harder read but one that I really enjoyed. It was a enjoyable read. I thought the characters were so fun. It was a really important read. I thought the world building because the book was shorter could have been developed a a bit better and I wanted the side characters to have been developed a tad more. I would def read more by this author in the future. 

Moment of truth (Non-Spoiler review)

Moment of Truth by Kasie West

Published by   HarperTeen on March 3, 2020

Genres: young adult, contemporary

Pages: 352

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2020 challenge: 2020 Book

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Beloved author Kasie West once again delivers a witty, lighthearted romance that will charm her legions of fans and is perfect for readers of Jenny Han and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree.

So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is. 

The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley’s ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall. 

As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity, she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices…and that she’s falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like.

My Thoughts:

I wind up loving this read. I really loved the concept of this read “secret” person you are talking to and how she turned it on its head. I also love the tie backs to the characters that were the focus of pervious books in this series. I also loved how the death of sibling and that grief was a strong element of this read. I also loved the mystery element that kept me guessing who was heath hall and the romance that was budding. It was such a engaging read and and one that i adored.