From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.
Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.
I read this book in a day. I really thought this was such a fun summer themed read. I read the next book by this author and felt that this book was also super strong. I liked that this book focused so much on self discovery. I really also enjoyed how clara changed so much throughout this novel. This book had a lot of mini plots travel, job, competition and they did not all mesh together super well to make a strong clear novel. I felt like some parts were quickly tied up and I wanted the last 50 pages to be bit longer and sreached out. I really did enjoy the characters in this book thought and would read more by this author in the future.
So these are some of the reads I wish I tackled in 2019 but so far have failed too! I still have a bit of time life but these reads are ones that i had one my top reads of the year! So Lets get into it
The circle opens: Magic Steps
The Traitors Prince
This is our story
A Heart so Fierce and Broken
Say you will remember me
Let me know what are some books that you did not tackle in 2019 that were high on your list!
Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead. The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good? Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the deeply-buried truths about themselves. Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairytale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first page.
I really enjoyed this read. I thought it was a had such a fun setting and also such a fun cast of characters. I don’t normally love books about zombies but this book so refreshing and just a fun fast pace read. I really did enjoy the main characters in this book a lot. I found them both to be super compelling. I thought the characters voices could have been clearer because I sometimes struggled to remember who’s head I was in and would have liked something like chapter heading to make it more obvious. I rather enjoy this read and thought it was such a solid standalone read, that impressed me. I will def read more by this author in the future.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield―her brother, fighting with the enemy―the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
I did listen to this book Via audibook and overall I really did enjoy this read. It was not my favorite book. I really did enjoy the world building as well. I also thought the overall plot was super complying and really did like the large cast of characters that we were introduce to. The war settings was very cool to read about. I think this book was fast pace adventure and handled so many hard topics that was done so well. I really did grow to like the romance as well. I would def read more by this author in the future.
An addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.
Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to men. He’s drawn to her anyway.
With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous and reignite a generations-old feud . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
I don’t normally feel pushed to read paranormal books but this book was nice suprise. I found this to be such a fun read. I was not the biggest fan of the twilight but found this to be such a cool read. I really loved the the girl was the “creature” and also really enjoyed the fact the we got both lead characters POV. I adored the setting in this book as well. I also loved the lore and the myth of this book. I thought the pacing of this book towards the middle and the end could have been a little bit stronger but I will def be checking out the others books in the series.
So as I note with these books these were the books That I both did finish this year and also the few books that I DNF this year! I mostly had a good reading year but here were the few books that I just did not love! As always if you adored these books, That is great, here are my own thoughts and the video bellow talks about why they made this list!!
Worst Reads of the year!!!
Never Contented Things by Sarah Porter
The me I Meant to be by Sophie Jordan
Famous in a Small town by Emma Mills
Top ten by Katie Cotugno
Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The BabySitters Coven #1 By Kate Williams
Small Town Hearts!
Let me know in the comments what are some of your “worst reads of the year”