Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Walker Books
Published date: 2nd April 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT, Realistic Fiction
Date read: 4th May 2017
Rating: 5 / 5
Summary:

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

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Book Review: Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

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Title: Sisters One, Two, Three
Author: Nancy Star
Published date: 1st January 2017
Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Date read: 1st March 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Summary:

After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.

Thank you to Netgalley, and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Book Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

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Author:
Sandy Hall
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published date: 26th August 2014
Source: Own copy
Date read: 14th January 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: 

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….


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True facts:

  1. I didn’t buy this book because of the cover (Okay, I lied. 45% IS because of the cover).
  2. This book totally failed the Bechdel Test, but
  3. It has diverse characters!

So, when I went into the bookstore today, I saw this book, oh so pink, and I went to the shelf and picked it up. I looked it up on Goodreads, and happened to read the few sentences of this one review:

“The book was so adorable” and “the reviewer loved the bus driver and the squirrel POVs”.

A Little Something Different is a book about Lea and Gabe doing their awkward dance around each other before finally getting their shit together BUT — and here’s the twist — it is written in the people around the two main characters’ POV ie. friends, brother, baristas…

To add on the drama in the book, there’s this little mystery in there that we’ve got to figure out. I am so dying to tell about me being a great sleuth, being able to put two and two together, but then I don’t want to spoil it for other readers who might want to connect the dots themselves too.

Using the multiple POVs to tell the story is the main reason why I bought this book. One, it was unique; and two, people say that it was well-written. And I am happy to say that it really was. And the adorableness. People say it was adorable, and it was. I couldn’t help squealing and smiling ear-to-ear.

I think my most favourite POV has got to be Inga, their Creative Writing Professor. At first, it was mainly because she used Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference, even if it wasn’t intentional. She was also funny, with how much she shipped Lea and Gabe, and the extent she’d go to push Lea and Gabe together.

I also loved the Squirrel’s POV, and I was glad I did, because this was another reason why I wanted to read the book. The Squirrel’s POV was funny, and it felt like a little reprieve from the drama between Lea and Gabe. Aside from that, the squirrel was cute, unlike that crazy squirrel from Ice Age.

This was a bit surprising, but I came to like Victor’s POV too. It was funny to read about how he hated Lea and Gabe but then, he was all tangled in their business. Also how, even though he didn’t want to admit it, he thought the two of them were cute together.

There are more POVs I liked, like Charlotte the barista, and Maxine the waitress, but I’m afraid if I write about every one of them, this will never end. So, I’ll leave you guys to make that discovery on your own.

Of course, even with how much I love one book, there has to be something that I didn’t like. And I’m afraid to say that, there was a time when I didn’t like Lea a lil bit. I get why she acted that way, but I wished she could be a bit nicer when Gabe wanted to open up.

To sum it all up, this book is so adorably sweet that you will get cavities. If you wanted to do some light reading, this is the book for you. If you wanted a pick-me-up book to cheer you up, this is your book. If you wanted a book with sweet brotherly relationship, this is your book.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.


About the author:

Sandy Hall is a teen librarian from New Jersey where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When she’s not writing, or teen librarian-ing, she enjoys reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is her first novel.

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Book Review: Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

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Author: Lindsey Summers
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Published date: 2nd May 2017
Source: Netgalley
Date read: 7th January 2017
Rating: 3.5 stars
Summary:

It’s bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town’s end-of-summer fair. It’s even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he’s just left for football camp … with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there’s more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There’s more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she’s always wanted to be.
Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley — one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?

I received this e-galley from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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First thing first, I didn’t imagine I would enjoy it as much as I did.

Sometimes, when I read a book by new authors, I’d feel a bit detached towards the characters. But not with this. I could totally relate to Keeley. My personality when I text/chat is really different than how I am in real life.

This was a fast-paced story, so I’m not going to pick on the fact that I didn’t see much character development. I love the fact that it is light and sweet, definitely what I needed after reading such an emotionally exhausting book. It was probably a bit predictable at some parts, but I love it. There’s also the fact that Keeley has a twin. I really love twins, especially twins that have a close relationship.

One thing that bothered me while I was reading this was that the text for the text messages didn’t show up. I’m not sure if it was because the file I downloaded was corrupt somehow, or if it was my ebook reader but it kind of diminished my excitement while reading the book. I missed a lot of probably funny and snarky dialogues because of it, as well as important information. Probably.

I would recommend this book to YA readers who wanted a fast paced and light book to read. I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Savour the Moment by Nora Roberts

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Title:
Savour the Moment (Bride Quartet #3)
Author:
Nora Roberts
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication date:
2010
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Literature
Source: Personal Copy (MPH Bookstore)
Rating: 4/5

Summary:

New Love takes the cake in the third novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet—in a stunning French flap edition

Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother Delaney, on whom she’s had a mega-crush since childhood.

But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her-or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quicksilver moods get the better of her-leading to an angry, hot, all-together mind-blowing kiss with Del—she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…


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I have to say, Savour the Moment has got to be my favourite among the the four Bride Quartet books.

Let’s start with the cover. From the wedding cake on the cover, we all know that this book is about Laurel McBane and Delaney “Del” Brown (that is, if you read the book in order. OR, if you’re like me, and bought and read Happily Ever After on impulse without knowing that that was the final book in the Bride Quartet Series). But the hair of the model! For a whole year, I thought Laurel was dark-haired because of it. Turned out Laurel was blonde. The second time I read the book, it was hard to shift the image from a woman with dark brunette hair to blonde.

By the time I read Savour the Moment, I have already read Happily Ever After, Vision in White, and Bed of Roses. So, because of that, I could already see a pattern. It was not surprising when Laurel and Del got together, stayed together and have their HEA ending. But putting that aside, Laurel and Del’s story is my favourite of all, and Parker and Mal was a close second. Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself. 

Part of the reasons I love this book was because Laurel is a baker, and I love baking. Even though I can’t relate to Laurel in other ways, I can relate to her through that. Other than, I like how Laurel and Del’s life has been intertwined since they were young kids. She was Parker’s best friend, one of Del’s girls, and he was protective over her. I also like the fact that Del was “the one” for Laurel. It made Laurel’s character more vulnerable, especially since she always acts so tough.

Because Savour the Moment is about Laurel and Delaney, I won’t talk about the other characters. They have their own book (Mac and Carter: Vision in White, Emma and Jack: Bed of Roses, and Parker and Mal: Happily Ever After), so they have their own time to shine.

Let us talk about Laurel:

I love Laurel, she bakes and sometimes she cooks, and I just love that because I love to bake and cook too. But if I have to rate her character, based on her overall personality, I’d say she’s 7/10.

As I’ve mentioned above, Laurel is a tough character. She has to be, after all that she’s been through. I love the quartet’s friendship, their lives are so connected. I love that kind of friendship. But you can’t deny that Laurel has her temper. I guess, it’s partly because of what she’s been through. But still, sometimes, it feels like she was looking for something to argue about with Del. I mean, okay, I can see where she’s coming from when she bit Del’s head off when he tried to pay her for the lemons, but for Dara’s cake? Del asked her as a client, so she shouldn’t have snap at him.

Now, let us talk about Del:

Del is handsome, a great lawyer with an ivy league education, comes from a rich family with good upbringing—he is practically perfect. Usually, I don’t like it when the character is a perfect guy. I don’t trust perfect guys.

But Del is different. He’s caring and overprotective when it comes to his girls (his sister, Parker, and Parker’s friends, Mac, Emma and Laurel). I guess that’s also because he knew them since they were young and they grew up together. But he’s also generous with his friends, like when he invited Mal to come with them for a vacation at the new beach house he and Parker invested in. Yes, he did invite Jack and Carter too, but that’s because they’ve been friends for a long time and they are Emma and Mac’s significant other. Mal’s different, he’s a new addition to the group but Del still asked him to join them on their vacation. So, that makes me like Del too. And if I have to rate Del, I’ll give him 7/10. Hmm, look at that, the same rating as Laurel. They’re perfect for each other. Haha

Of course there are also some things that I didn’t like about this book. No matter how much I love a book, it is impossible that there’s nothing I didn’t really like about it (okay, that’s a lie). After reading this series, one after the other without reading any other books in between, the plot becomes kind of bland and predictable for me. There wasn’t really any conflict, aside from the arguments that Laurel and Del has. There’s also no other competition for Laurel’s or Del’s love. I used to like that, because when I first read this series, I didn’t want complicated books with complicated feelings. But now, a little bit of competition for one of the main character’s affection would’ve add up some spice.

To sum it up, this book is the perfect book to read if you want something with strong friendship relationship, something with a close-knit family feel, and an uncomplicated love story. This book is also the perfect book to read when you’re feeling down, or feel like you can’t succeed in whatever business you’re attempting, because Laurel, and her friends can make it happen. Vows was and still is successful. And with this book, you can pretend that you can be that successful with your venture too, or you can really make it happen. Because of the straightforward love story, you can read this in one-sitting (if you don’t have work or chores to do).

Four years ago, I gave it a 5 / 5 stars rating. Now, I give it 4 / 5 stars rating. Even if I’ve discovered the imperfectness of this book, I am still biased.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #2 (Oct. 24 ’16)

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I’m here again with Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and hopefully I can recommend something great to you guys. Also, let’s just ignore the fact that I was supposed to post this last week.

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Book Review: The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

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Title: The Homecoming
Author: Stacie Ramey
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date:
November 1st 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5
Summary:

A new, emotional novel from Stacie Ramey, the author of The Sister Pact

They say you can never go home—and John’s about to find out just how true that is.
John’s mother kicked him out of the house when she couldn’t handle his anger, and John’s spent the last few years bouncing between relatives. But after his last scrape with the law, there’s nowhere for him to go but home.

Starting senior year at a new high school and fitting into the family that shut him out is a challenge. And it’s all that John can do to keep from turning back to bad habits. Lacrosse training helps him focus. As does Emily, the girl next door. She’s sweet and smart, and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. Maybe he’s ready to trust again. But tragedy has a way of finding John, and he must decide between saving his family or saving himself.

I received The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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