November 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
320 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Wednesday Books
4/5 Stars

The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.

1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

This summer's going to be great.

About the author:
LILY ANDERSON is an elementary school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California. She is also the author of The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You.

I was absolutely in love with Anderson's debut, The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, so when I was invited to be on the blog tour for her second novel, I was ecstatic! 

Anderson's sophomore novel was totally adorable and right up my alley. Filled with pop culture references, and nerdy, fun, fabulous characters, it was everything I could've asked for. I was hanging on to every word and by the time it was over I was hoping for a sequel.

I know others have also reverted to this description, but I totally felt like it was a nerdy Hunger games, and I mean how could you not love that. For all my book nerds out there (which I assume is practically everyone who follows me!), this is for you! 

November 11, 2017

Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1)
Michelle Hodkin
384 pages
Published November 7th 2017
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.
They’re wrong.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
He shouldn’t.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
They’re right. 
Oh man. It honestly pains me to be writing this review right now. Like, my heart feels as if it's being ripped into pieces. Michelle Hodkin was pretty much one of my all time favorite authors after the Mara Dyer series. Mara Dyer is my favorite trilogy ever. I love Mara and I love Noah and I felt so represented and understood when reading Mara Dyer. My own sarcasm and snark is so similar to Noah's, so when I heard he was getting his own books I was beyond excited.

And so, I dove into "The Becoming of Noah Shaw" and was surprisingly disappointed. Even though I knew I was disappointed I kept trying to convince myself I loved it. That it was so good. That it was Michelle, so how could I not love it? But, I honestly just didn't love it in the way I wanted to. Sure, it was good, sure I loved seeing my favorite characters make a return, sure I love Mara and Noah and this premise, but I felt cheated and confused and extremely lost at points.

Noah seemed to be missing his usual "spark" for me. His thoughts just didn't always flow cohesively, and the use of curse words sometimes felt awkward or misplaced. Also, in this book we are introduced to a new character, Goose. I feel like there was so much potential for Goose in terms of development and just general purpose, but he was lacking. Everything was lacking to me. The plot, the characters, the pacing. I love Hodkin for her ability to terrify, to scare, to excite, to invoke emotion, but this book did none of that for me. Half of the time I felt like I was reading smut, the other half of the time I was lost.

Blah. So yeah, I'm really sad about this one. I still plan on reading the next release's Michelle and Noah...and I have hope that she'll maybe be able to step up her game after this. I just miss my harsh, sarcastic, Noah. (Also, don't even get me started on the ending of this book. I am not okay with it. I like the creativity of it ect. ect. but other then than i am PISSED. Okay...moving on...) If you loved Mara Dyer as much as I did, and maybe remember the plot events better than I did, you may enjoy this book more than I did!! If you haven't read Mara Dyer don't even bother picking this up because you will be more lost than you could've possibly imagined.

October 30, 2017

Review: They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 5th 2017
4/5 Stars 

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

Silvera's latest release is, as always, filled with heart and emotion, but for me the pacing of this novel was not up to par with Silvers other work. It certainly wasn't the premise, because I am absolutely in love with this idea, but this is definitely my least favorite Silvera novel so far (for some reason).

I think a big issue was that this book is spread over 24 hours. Over such a short period time, I was expecting us to jump into the plot a little quicker, to have more going on, but that unfortunately wasn't the case. What I will say though is that once things did get moving, they took off. I was enthralled (as always) by Silvera's descriptive writing and unique style. As the story progressed I fell in love with Rufus and Matteo. Even though its called "They Both Die at the End" and Silvera is know for his heartbreak, I didn't expect any deaths. (No spoilers though! There may be death, there may not be death, people you dont think will die may die, WHO KNOWS. I'M NOT SAYING)

Something I really wish we explored more was "Death-Cast". Honestly, I am SO intrigued by the idea of this service, how it came about, who truly runs it, is it actually just a corporate scam? It kind of reminded me of BitCoin- wheres its founder? 

Of course, this review wouldn't be complete without discussing the representation. Silvera, as always, provides his readers with extremely diverse characters, of both race and sexuality. All writers should strive to be like Silvera in this regard. He always hits the nail on the head perfectly with the LGBTQ rep, which I really appreciate. I only wish we could get someone producing books as beautiful and artful as Silvera for others in the LGBTQ community. Adam Silvera certainly does not half ass his representation and diversity, he writes fulfilling, emotional, stories about really diverse people and truly highlights individualized struggles, and I only wish more authors would follow in his footsteps. 

I would highly recommend Silveras latest release. But, fair warning, the ending may kill you ;) 

August 13, 2017

How to make a Book Blog

Okay, I certainly am not some super established book blogger or anything, but I first hand know how hard it is to join the community and establish yourself. I've had my blog for almost 3 years now (lol...what the heck) so I figured I'd share some advice on starting a book blog!! 

July 11, 2017

Back to Blogging

Well!!! It's been awhile (a year I think actually) but hey, I'm back!! Honestly, no one probably even noticed my little disappearance from the online world, but thats okay! I had to leave my blog (and my youtube) because I was swamped with school/life stuff and it was so so hard to establish a worthy online presence. Also, I was broke.Since then, I've gotten a job, survived junior year, passed my road test, and am finally ready to come back. 
I love to talk, I have a lot of thoughts in my head, and I figured theres no better place to share them then on my blog. When I first joined the online book community I felt that I had to adhere to strict guidelines. My reviews had to have perfect formatting, I had to have a beautiful theme, my grammar needed to be flawless, my opinions had to align with the rest of the community, I thoughts say my true feelings, I could only talk about books. I was clearly a naive and confused teen (well, hey, I still am, but I'd like to think im growing), but IM READY NOW. Ready to be myself. 
Throughout this past year I've learned that I have to be wholly and unapologetically myself at all times. Sometimes, it wont be what people expected, and maybe it won't be what people like, but when you are true to who you are the people who really love you love you for that person, not anyone you pretend to be. So yeah, I've learned a lot, and overall have truly just been having a great time and living my life. I hope everyone sticks around with me, but if you dont, thats cool too. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT NEW THINGS ARE TO COME. My first step is finding a new theme which fits me and then I'll go from there.