Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Genre: Contemporary , YA, Fiction, Romance
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Links: GoodReads Amazon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
I received an ecopy of Everything,Everything from Random House via NetGalley.
Everything, Everything is everything you need in a YA diverse book ! As if this wasn't enough, the author was able to catch my attention from the first few pages.
I was going to start by saying "If you enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, then you will love Everything, Everything; HOWEVER, I did not really like TFIOS, but enjoyed reading Everything, Everything !
I felt like I am experiencing something epic ,especially with all of the images, doodles,and 1 sentence book reviews. Observing these images made the book very unique; Nope, it is not a Graphic novel, or a picture book.
Something that always crossed my mind is how Nicola would feel if people reviewed Everything,Everything, the way Maddie did ,in one sentence .Honestly the way she did it was impressive. Short, but very expressive!
I kind of saw the plot twist coming , but I still enjoyed the story anyway because the events that lead to the plot twist,and followed it were very captivating .
One of my favorite quotes:
"For the first time in a long time, I want more than I have"- Madeline
While reading this book, my grandma passed away. I stopped reading for a while, but found my way back to favorite thing to do because of Nicola's story,Maddie, and Olly.
The ending was simply.......PERFECT !
I really enjoyed reading this book,and I can't wait to read Nicola's upcoming novel, The Sun Is Also A Star. I am so happy that this book is going to be turned into a movie;I even cried upon reading her tweet !
I give this book 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
Title: Anya and the Shy Guy ( A Backstage Pass Novel #4 )
Author: Suze Winegardner
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Publication Date: July 14th, 2015
Genre: YA , Contemporary
Format: e ARC
My Rating: 4.25 / 5 stars
It’s always the quiet ones…
Anya Anderson doesn’t just need a big break, she needs any break. Living on the streets doesn’t leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger—and keep her off the streets for good—if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot “shy guy” of the band.
Problem is, Will Fray isn't who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will's identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt’s being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he's having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance…
But if the secret gets out, it won't just be his head on a platter—it’ll be the whole band’s.
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains steamy make out scenes, graphic language, and a love story so hot your copy may spontaneously burst into flames. You’ve been warned.
I received an e ARC of Anya and the Shy Guy from Entangled Crush via Net Galley in exchange with my honest review.
Although I did not read any of the previous books, I was still able to keep up and enjoy the book easily. The Backstage pass is a series that follows a famous boy band as each one of them fall in love. In this fourth installation, we get to see the shy guy ,Will, fall in love, but Will isn't Will.
This novel is told from 2 POV's , but in third person ! We follow Anya's story as she tries to get her story on Will to escape living on the streets, and the lies she told and hid . We also see Matt's story as he tries to charm Anya to keep her from discovering his twin's secrets, but of course they Fall In Love ! But will this love survive ? Can their secrets stay hidden? What would happen if both of their secrets are spilled? Tada da dan ! Read to know how this story ends
I like that we got see both POV, and I like it more that it is written in 3rd person.
I also liked how the characters developed, in a "what matters to me more "sort of way.
My only problem was something that happened in the ending.
Spoiler Alert !!
I am not convinced that their manager agreed to back off so easily. He seemed like a person who would risk anything to get what he wants, isn't that why Will is not Will, but backed off too easily at the end. I wished that there was more into what happened when the band stood up for what they want.
Spoiler Ended !!
The novel was a bit graphic, so I don't recommend it to very young readers. You know what, get it and read it when you are older!
I think that Suze did a good job with her debut novel.I am defiantly looking forward to read more of her books.
Anya and the Shy Guy is the perfect summer read! With all of the fluffiness, swoon, and interesting events, I was not able to put it down.
I give Anya and the Shy Guy 4.25 /5 stars .
Title: One Chance Night ( Make a Change #1)
Author: Eliza Boyd
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: May 15h , 2015
Genre: Contemporary , New Adult
My Rating: 4/5 stars
On the surface, Chelsea Greer has it all:
A loving husband.
A nice house.
A good job.
In reality, she works hard to maintain the illusion that is her life. She's also missing the most important thing:
One night could change her life. One night could give her the strength to rediscover what's important. In one night, she could find love when she most needs it and least expects it.
All Chelsea has to do is follow her heart after One Chance Night.
My Review :
I received an eARC of One Chance night from Patchwork Press via NetGalley, in exchange with my honest review .
This is not just about romance; it is about getting a second chance and learning how to make the best out of it.
The character building was on point! I was able to feel Chelsea's distress, Brett's charming charisma, and Wesley's jerkiness . I can rant all day on why I love Brett, and hate Wesley.
Did I mention that is under 200 pages ?? Imagine how ( not so long )it took me to feel all of this ; well because Eliza is a brilliant writer.
The way story was told kind of reminded me of Poison Study by Maria.V. Snyder. Not because of the plot, but because of the storytelling . You have a lot things happening to the main character, but you have no idea why her marriage sucks. You get bits of information along the way, until Boom ! The dramatic reason finally is revealed. The revelation happens much earlier than in Poison Study, but you get what I mean.
The story was really interesting at the beginning, then it kind of dropped a bit , but then it returned to its "really interesting" level by the end .
I did not know that this was a part of a series until I finished the book. I know, it is written on the cover .:D But the ending is not a cliffhanger for Chelsea's story. However, it is an interesting cliffhanger for the series as a whole. I already want to read the second book : Two Pink Lines!
I give One Chance Night 4/5 stars.
Eliza's Pinterest is filled with quotes that are related to her book, country music lyrics that were mentioned in the novel, and Character casting suggestions !
About the Author:
Eliza Boyd is a contemporary women’s fiction and romance author. Also an avid reader, she writes novels, short stories, poetry, and whatever else strikes her fancy. Born and raised in Northern Illinois, she now lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and her plethora of animals. When she’s not reading, writing, or working, she can be found walking around her neighborhood (for exercise, not for stalking), taking photos of her pets, or catching up on her favorite shows. Catching up really means binge-watching
Title: Modern Monsters
Author: Kelly York
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date : June 2nd, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: e ARC
My Rating : 3.75 stars
Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went…
And wished he hadn’t.
Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both literally, with the police, and figuratively, with the angry kids at school. As the whispers and violence escalate, he becomes determined to clear his name, even if it means an uneasy alliance with Callie's best friend, the beautiful but aloof Autumn Dixon.
But as Autumn and Vic slowly peel back the layers of what happened at the party, they realize that while the truth can set Vic free, it can also shatter everything he thought he knew about his life.
I received an e ARC of Modern Monsters from Entangled Teen via Net Galley , in exchange with my honest review .
An applause for Kelly York because this my favorite contemporary book that I have read so far ! Thanks for reviving my faith in this genre; now I can go and read more contemporaries !
I liked how there is diversity in this book. In case you are wondering what is diverse in this book, it was a character with (I think) an Arabic Origin . He might be a Muslim, but I am not sure about that. Anyway, it was great to have a character with a different background who wasn't just added to make the book "Diverse", but because it actually serves a purpose to the story; no matter how small that purpose was !
I also appreciate the fact that such a serious scenario was discussed in a story. Not many people make rape the main plot of their story, and focus the lens on how everyone's life gets turned upside down.
My only problem with this book was the writing style. It was way too simple to what I usually read. I also kind of knew knew who did it from the start,so it wasn't a shocking revealing at the end of the story.
However, the romance development between Vic and Autumn is extremly adorable, and the events that happen through out the book will made me read the book in less than three days. Did anyone notice how if you try to ship Vic and Autumn , you get a word that sounds like Victim ???? :)
Also, the ending nevertheless was still shocking .
I enjoyed reading Modern Monsters, and I give it 3.75 stars out of 5.
Author: Selene Castrovilla
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication Date: Nov 6th, 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary,Abuse,Realistic Fiction
My Rating: 5/5 stars ( A)
MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family's secret – about to be unleashed.
Told in dual first person, Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul
I received Melt from Last Syllable Books via NetGalley in exchange with an honest review.
No, this isn't a plot twist of The Wizard of Oz, but the author finds a way to revive some sub meanings in her story. Does that even make sense ???
Melt is a tale that will give you knots and butterflies in your stomach, yes both at once ! You are going to MELT on these pages.
This is such a captivating read from the start. I got so involved with the characters that I was afraid to leave them, afraid that I might miss out on something big if I stop reading.
The abusive scenes and acts are truly brutal and anyone who has gone through similar things would strongly relate to it.
I loved Doll, I mean Dorthy :) I liked how she doesn't care about what people say, how she gives people a chance to switch into their better side .She sees the good in those who were forced to undergo metamorphosis to withstand this harsh life.
It was very interesting for the characters to share their point of views in the same chapter. That way you get a good sense on what each character feels at that specific moment.
I did not like they way it was written at first, then I got used to it, then, I guess I understood why it was written in that way. I believe it was written in a way that the reader would catch what the character is saying or thinking in the same rate as the characters says or thinks it. And I ended up liking it.
Since I dive into stories without reading the entire blurb, I was surprised at the end when the author said that it was based on a true story. I was mind blown by that fact. It also gave me that feeling of , although there is lots of evil in this world, there is also good!
I am looking forward to read more of Selene's work.
I am giving MELT 5/5 stars and an A according to my rating scale
Title: Panic ( Panic #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st , 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary, ( Realistic Fiction)
My Rating : 4/5 stars ( B )
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
This is not the entire blurb, but i don't read the entire thing before reading the book. Sometimes the blurb contains SPOILERS !
At first I was very disappointed ,but mainly because of my expectation. I expected Panic to be a Dystopian, with dangerous games , etc. It was none of those things! Well there were some games that were kind of dangerous, but nothing Epic . I believe this why the book received mixed reviews. A lot of people thought of it as a book similar to The Hunger games. I believe their disappointment was epic, because I have not read The Hunger Games, or even the entire blurb of Panic, and I was not liking what I was reading. But once you throw your expectation out of the window and start reading more, you will be hooked.
Panic turns out to be a game created to grand the winner a ticket out of this miserable town. People are willing to do stupid, sometimes things that could kill or arrest you, to win this perfect Getaway ,
One of my favorite things about this book is the character development! Oh, it was outstanding. For example, you have Heather, our female protagonist . At first I could not stand her, she was a senior acting like a 13 year old. As I continued reading, she began growing up. Through life experience, challenges , Panic, uncovering everyone's true intentions, I began to see her grow. The same is true to all of the characters. This is a story of going through experiences and learning what life is all about.
I also loved how we saw the story from two distinctive point of views, Heather's and Dodge's.
Conversations are just pact with humor, sarcasm, love, and hate, taking the reader on a ship sinking in all of these emotions and devouring every bit of it. As usual , Lauren Oliver's writing traps you in a beautiful story and won't set you free until you finish reading.
i ended up really enjoying Panic ! I think that the story is sort of a moral one. It gives you an insight on growing up and sorting your priorities, friendship, and much more. I think the book is a very realistic fiction that casts upon us certain Truths about the world we live in. I gave this book 4/5 stars on good reads.
According to my rating system, I will give it a B !
Release Date: 08/26/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything sheâs ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.
At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.
At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? Rival Love is a debut young adult contemporary romance from Natalie Decker.
About the Author
Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasnât her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. Sheâs a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If sheâs not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then sheâs off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!