TOP Ten by Katie Cotugno (Non-Spoiler Review)

Top Ten  by Katie Cotugno

Published by Balzer + Bray October 3, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: arc

Source: book con

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship: 

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you? (less)

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed how this book handled more rare topics in YA books like anxiety and injuries in sports. I like the duel POV in this story but enjoyed being in ryan head more then Gabby. I think being in Gabby head was hard at points but some interesting and just seeing how her anxiety affected her. I like the concept of how this novel was structured but though the the structure of top ten moments could have had more of a connection to the presence to make it clearer narrative. I thought this book tackled boy and girl friendships and overall enjoyed the story. I hope to read more by this author in the future.

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On the fence (Non-Spoiler Review)

On the Fence  by Kasie West

Published by  HarperTeen on July 1, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 309

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she’s more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there’s a secret Charlie’s keeping that even he hasn’t figured out—she’s fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

My Thoughts:

I really did like this book. It is def not my favorite book by this author. I really did like how this book had such a wide cast of characters. I really like the boy next door romance focus and also how this book had so many elements of self discovery and really was invested in the story. I found this book to be a super fast pace read. I also liked how this books and subtle hints of mysteries as well in reference to charlie mother. I liked the how this book really tackled how different relationships can bring out the difference types of people. I overall enjoyed this book and really liked charlie as a main character.

Heir of Fire (Non-Spolier Review)

Heir of Fire  by Sarah J Mass

Published by  Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition on September 2, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 593

Format: Audibook

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

My Thoughts:

Heir of Fire This was a great follow up to Crown of Midnight. The death of Nemina and the betrayal of Chaol really effected so much of this novel. I loved seeing Celena really become more Fae like and that transformation was so cool to read about and explore. I also loved in this book how we got so many different POV esp Caol and Kai. It made the story really move along even though all the characters were not together in the same space. I really saw Celena power and her faith in her people grow and am exited to see the cont. in the next set of books in this series. I loved all the new characters we meet and we even lost some of my favorites esp the healer.. that made me so sad. 

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (Non-Spoiler Review)

 Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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Published by Kensington on February 26, 2019 

Genres:  Adult, cozy mystery 

Pages: 370

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2019 challenge: 

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I would give this book 2 for a review.

Summary!!!

Not even Lake Eden’s nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks. But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding . . .
 
When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery—not the unsavory scandal swirling around her personal life. But that’s practically impossible with a disturbing visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. Now, swapping the crime scene in her condo for her mother Delores’s penthouse, Hannah and an old flame team up to solve a case that’s messier than an upended chocolate cream pie. As suspects emerge and secrets hit close to home, Hannah must serve a hefty helping of justice to an unnamed killer prowling around Lake Eden . . . before someone takes a slice out of her!

My Thoughts:

I want to be more invested in this series. I really did like the world buiding and just how she creates the world and the characters. The mystery just did now wow me yet again. I felt for a book that included murder in the title, murder was jut not the focus of this novel and I just wanted more out of this novel. After 24 books in the series, i am in for the long haul!

What I am currently reading!!!

I tackled a very long fantasy books last week, but I really liked it, So now I am back to quicker reads, and hoping to get rid of more books before BEA!!! So lets see my reading plans next week and what I want to read next!!!

What I finished reading!!!

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I really liked this book. I thought this book def had some slow points but I was equally invested in all the POVs and really enjoyed the world building as well! I will be checking out book 2 for sure!!

What I am currently reading!!!

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It has taken me so long to read this book and while I am enjoying the issues handled in this book the book structure is just not what I wanted for this story. But I am enjoying  it!!

What I want to read next!!!

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These are the next two contemporary reads I hope to tackle early this week!!

What I am listening too!!

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I really hope to finish this listen this week and move on to queen of shadows finally!!

Let me know what are you reading plans this week!

later book lovers!!

 

 

 

 

Fame fate and the first kiss (arc) Non-Spoiler Review!!

Fame Fate and The First Kiss  by Kasie West

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Published by HarperTeen on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part.

But Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture perfect as she imagined. She’s having trouble bonding with her costars, her father has hired the definition of a choir boy, Donavan Lake, to tutor her, and somewhere along the way she’s lost her acting mojo. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, it looks like someone on set is deliberately trying to sabotage her.

As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction.

With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.

My Thoughts:

I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved the tie backs and seeing the characters from love life and the list. I really loved the book. I am always a sucker for books on a that have movie/t.v show set theme and I really enjoyed this book. I thought this book was super fun and light read. I just enjoyed it. I really loved the elements of mystery tossed in and super excited to see what the last book in this mini series is about! I enjoyed this read!

Book Haul!!

So I did attend the teen author festival in new york and did buy some books and see some friends and did some arc swaping and I wanted to show you all the books and arcs I know have to read!!!

The event was rather fun and I loved meeting so many authors!!!

Books I got!!

  1. Teen Titans: Raven
  2. TwinChantment by Elise Allen
  3. The Brief Chronical of another stupid heartbreak
  4. The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  5. Summer of a Thousand Pies
  6. The Near Witch
  7. King of Scars
  8. The affairs of Poison
  9. The girl with the red balloon
  10. Love a le mode
  11. Bookish Boyfriend book 1
  12. Last of her name

Let me know your thoughts about these books in the comments!!

later book lovers!!

TFW: April 24th: Rainy Day Reads


So this was actually the prefect topic for the weather that we have been having on long island. We have been having so much rain recently and I have been getting a lot of reading done but not as much bike riding!! So I will chat in the video bellow what genres I tend to read more during these seasons! I will also tell you some of the books I hope to tackle soon!

Types Of books I tend to Read!!

  • Romance/ Contemporary
  • Thrillers
  • Graphic Novels

Books That I hope to read soon!!

  • On the fence
  • The Lovely and The Lost
  • In Real Life
  • Check Please
  • That Not what I heard

Let me know What type of books you read during the rainy day seasons!!

Book UnHaul Part 1!!!

So in prep for my massive week at BEA and book con, I am starting to unhaul some books from my collection!!! The video bellow, I chat through them all! Bellow are some of the highlights

Lets get to the unhauling

  1. Listen to your heart
  2. Devoring Grey
  3. I owe you a murder
  4. Nowhere but here
  5. Waiting for tom hanks
  6. Stealing Snow
  7. Ode and True
  8. Starflight
  9. Soundless
  10. We were Liars
  11. Everless
  12. The Unscripted Life
  13. Demigod Diaries

Let me know your thoughts on any of these books, Most of these books I really enjoyed, and just need some more shelf space.

Later book lovers!!!

 

 

The Last Life of Prince Alastor (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Last life of Prince Alastor  by Alexsandra Bracken

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Published by Disney Hyperion on February 5, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages:  448

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Three hundred years ago, fate bound Prosper Redding and Prince Alastor of the Third Realm together. Now the human boy and fiend heir to the demon kingdom must put aside a centuries-old blood feud to save everything they love. Alastor will guide Prosper through the demon realm—under one huge condition: Prosper must enter into a contract with the malefactor residing in him, promising eternal servitude in the afterlife. With Prosper’s sister in the clutches of the evil queen Pyra, Prosper has no choice but to agree. But when they arrive in Alastor’s deliciously demonic home, the realm is almost as alien to Alastor as it is to Prosper—the lowest fiends have dethroned the ruling malefactors, while an unfathomable force called the Void is swiftly consuming the realm. The desperate fiends cling to the one person who says she can stop it: Pyra. As Prosper embarks on a perilous rescue mission to the Tower of No Return, he can’t help but feel for the demons losing their home—even Alastor, who lives by a set of rules that have vanished in a new world. With the fates of humans and demons at odds, the battle lines are drawn. Long ago, Prosper’s ancestor Honor Redding proved that humans and demons could never be friends. But is Prosper like his ancestor? And is Alastor the same demon who was betrayed by the one human he cared for?

My Thoughts:

Overall I enjoyed this book. I really did love the new setting and also the new character dymancics. Even thought this book was fast pace at points, it has slower parts that just did not compelling me to keep picking it up. I did like the duel time line in this book, and found it to be a fun element of the novel. I felt like throughout this novel I sometimes got lost in the details. I think this book struggled t captured my attention but I was happy to read the conclusion to this series.