June Book Haul - 6 Books

Hello everyone!

I didn't get very many books this month, but I do have a few to show you.

First up, the Newsflesh (yes, Newsflesh)Trilogy by Mira Grant. This box set consists of Feed, Deadline, and Blackout.

I don't really know too much about this trilogy, I think I may have seen someone haul this in a book tube video and it sounded interesting.

Indigo was having a buy 3 get the 4th item free deal, so I thought this box set would be the best deal to get with the other books.

Next up is Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. I don't know a ton about this book, but I know it is getting a lot of buzz.

I think that basically there is a girl who is told she has a terminal illness and that she only has a few days so she creates a bucket list with things like getting revenge on her ex-boyfriend and arch nemesis. But once everything is said and done, she goes into remission and has to deal with the choices she has made.

I thought it looked really interesting and so I picked it up.

 Next, another one that has gotten a ton of buzz in the book tube community, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I haven't read anything from Morgan Matson but I have heard nothing but good things about this book.

Plus, look at that cover! Ahh!

Finally, I picked up the Booksplosion "Book of The Month" for June which is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

I really have no clue what this book is about, I just know that you shouldn't know too much going into it so I will leave it at that.

And that's it! I only bought 6 books this month, but I am trying to save up some money for all the amazing new releases in July and August so stay tuned for those book hauls!

June Wrap Up

Hello everyone!

I am excited to share with you all my June Wrap-Up! If you are not familiar with a wrap-up, basically, this is where I share the books I have read this month and my thoughts on them.

Let's get started!

In the month of June, I read a total of  20 books. I am pretty proud of that, considering the fact that I have exams in school and other projects that needed to be done. I managed to get 2 series started and finished as well!

The first book that I read in June was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. And can I just say that this was an amazing way to start the month.

Basically, the story is about a girl named Cath and her twin sister Wren. Cath writes fan fiction and the girls are currently in their first year of college. The story follows their lives, both at college and at home with their workaholic dad.

I really really enjoyed this book. If you are concerned that with a name like fangirl its gonna be too "fangirlish" don't worry, its not. Most of the story is focusing on college and home life, and to be honest, the passages from the "Simon Snow" books, I just skipped right over. I didn't feel the need to read that part. I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads because I felt these passages weren't necessary and I wasn't a huge fan of the ending.

Next up, I read The Treatment by Suzanne Young, which is the sequel to The Program. I thought this was an amazing conclusion to this duology.

Without giving too much away, because this is a sequel, its about a world where suicide is an epidemic, affecting almost everyone from ages 13-17. The story follows Sloane and James, two teens who have experienced great loss and are expected to hold it together, otherwise they will be sent to The Program to be "cured." 

I loved this book. And the fact that this series is just the two books, shows that a story doesn't need 3 books to make it a great story. There is the end of the book, and then an epilogue with shows the character's lives afterwards. Overall, a 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Next I read Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. I picked this one up for a bargain price, not really knowing what it was about.

I really had a hard time getting into this book. It was definitely not what I am used to reading. The language used was very 1990s and I had trouble relating to the characters who's lives were shown from grade two to grade eight. Maybe it's just because I am used to the 2014 YA novels but I found the characters childish and even when they were talking about life as a teenager, I still pictured them as a couple of 8 year olds. I think some of my "favourite" lines were when a character was referred to as "a complete doofus" and how one character didn't know "diddly-squat" I realize that this book was published a few decades back, but I honestly was surprised by the lack of profanity! The concept wasn't terrible but it wasn't well delivered. I found what seemed like important parts cut short and unimportant parts dragged out.

After Flipped, I needed some rough and tough YA fiction! I picked up Arclight and Meridian by Josin L. McQuein.

The story is about a girl who finds her self across the wall of light that no one ever crosses, and doesn't remember anything. 

Its sad because I found myself really wanting to love this book because it was basically a strict cover buy. Ashamedly, I admit that I loved the cover and thought the story looked interesting. In short, it was a bland, confusing story that couldn't really keep my attention. I had a hard time picturing the world and there wasn't a ton of details in that regard. On the cover, Pittacus Lore (author of the I Am Number Four series) said it was "Powerful and gripping" and I am forced to ask myself, did we read the same book? I found it neither powerful nor gripping.

I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads. It was okay, but I didn't love it.

Now, I also read Meridian by Josin L. McQuein. You might be asking, well, if you didn't like the first one, why would you buy the sequel. Well friends, because I did the awful deed of buying them at the same time! I know, you shouldn't do that unless you know you will love the first book. Well I am sorry. But I just got off reading The Program and I bought that one buy itself and didn't buy the sequel The Treatment and I was in agony those few days in between (I bought it online) and I didn't want this to be a repeat of that experience. 

Anyways, the second one was okay AGAIN! I was annoyed by the dual perspective that was in the second but not the first and it drug on. Another 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

After Arclight and Meridian, I needed something I knew I would like. So, I picked up Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

This story follows a girl named Harper Price who becomes a Paladin and is tasked in protecting her sworn enemy.

I actually have a review posted for this book here, but I really loved this book. 

I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads and would 100% recommend it to anyone. It was funny, witty, heart wrenching, and just awesome!

Also, upon finishing it, I found out that it is part of a SERIES! Ahh! I am so excited to read the other books when they come out!

Next this month I read Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King. I really liked this book, it was my first A.S. King book and I am really excited to read more from her in the near future.

Basically the story follows Vera, an eighteen-year old girl who is left in the aftermath of her best friend, Charlie's death. The story alternates between their childhood and "present day."

I also  have a full review for this book in this post and I gave it a 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

I would recommend this book to everyone! It was funny and witty and heart wrenching and ahh just amazing!

After that, I read Every Day by David Levithan. I feel like this book was good, but I felt like Levithan was trying too hard to push his views on the reader.

To give you a basic idea, this book follows a "soul" named A (yes, just A) who inhabits peoples bodies, a new one every day (hence the title). One day, A inhabits a boy named Justin and ends up falling for his girlfriend Rhiannon. Problem is, come midnight, A will be in a different body.

Now the premise of this book was good, but I couldn't help feel like Levithan was pushing his views on sexual orientation on the reader. It seemed like every time he could, he shoved something about being gay and being accepted into society at every chance he got. I am not against his views, I just felt like it was extremely overbearing at some points.

A 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Once I finished Every Day I felt like I needed something a little more, fun and upbeat. So I picked up This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. And while some parts weren't super upbeat, the book was really good and the main character is very relatable.

The story follows 15-year old Elise. She has no friends and is the butt of every joke at school. Until one night, she stumbles upon a secret warehouse club. She meets a girl in a band who accepts her, a cute, yet mysterious DJ and a carefree spirit from England. Most importantly, Elise discovers a love for DJing.

This was a great book. It is one of those underrated yet amazing books. It dealt with everything from self-harm to first loves and every other teenage issue in between.

I gave this one a 5/5 stars on Goodreads and I would recommend it to everyone!

Next up, I was still in the mood for some contemporary, so I picked up Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. This was my first Sarah Ockler book and I loved it!

The story follows a girl named Delilah and her life is kind of falling apart. Then, one summer she returns to the family home she hasn't been to in 7 years because of a falling out that no one in the family will talk about. Surrounded by these lies, Delilah experiences new friendships, an unexpected romance and a classic tale of self-discovery.

I really loved this book. It was a short read but it was very gripping and well written. I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

After a few contemporaries, I felt like I could tackle a major dystopian series. I picked up The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure and then the prequel The Kill Order by James Dashner. I don't really know how I felt about this series.

Without spoiling too much, the series focuses on Thomas as his experiences in the Glade and his life afterwards.

I felt that the series overall was just okay. I don't regret reading it, and once you get through the first half of the first book, it picks up fairly quickly. That being said, I give The Maze Runner 3/5 stars and The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure and The Kill Order 4/5 stars.

After I finished The Maze Runner series, I needed something lighter. I decided to reread The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I know this isn't the lightest book, but I had been meaning to reread it and it was one of the only unread contemporaries that I had.

If you don't know what this is about (although they like made a movie and everything, are you living under a rock??) it follows a girl named Hazel who has terminal cancer. She lives life everyday the best she can, until she meets Augustus Waters.

I really liked this book. I know some people love it, and others hate it. Honestly, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if you think it something you would like, then read it. Otherwise, skip it.

I gave my reread a 4/5 stars on Goodreads. which is a little higher than when I read it originally. Maybe it was the hype that made me like it more, I don't know. Nonetheless, I really liked it!

After TFiOS, I was ready to tackle my next big dystopian trilogy that I had waiting for me. And that  trilogy was The Partials Sequence, consisting of Partials, Fragments, and finally Ruins, all by Dan Wells.

The basic idea of the story is about how humanity is falling apart after a war with the  Partials, engineered organic beings identical to humans, and how this war has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus that is seemingly incurable called RM, 16-year old Kira tries to piece together the mystery of the past and save humanities future.

I really enjoyed this series, I thought it was well written and every book was filled with gripping plot twists that made it hard to put down. I gave Partials 4/5 stars, Fragments 5/5 stars and Ruins 4/5 stars on Goodreads. I felt like ending was just okay, nothing super amazing but I would definitely recommend this series to anyone interesting in post-apocalyptic/dystopian. 

One of the last books I read in June was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I didn't really know what to expect from this book, but I really enjoyed it!

When I got this book, I went into it thinking it would be a retelling of Cinderella but as a cyborg. In a sense, I guess it was, but it was also so much more. Humans and androids crowd the streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

I know that this book is part of a series, and I thought that they were all separate stories, revolving solely on the "princess" but it turns out that this story and the others are one larger story with the tale of the "princess" intertwined. All I can say is that it was so good. The story is futuristic, but still staying with the fairy tale notion.

I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads because I thought it was predictable at times but I plan on getting the other books really soon.

Finally this month, I read Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

I went into this book expecting a futuristic/dystopian story about robots or something, but I was wrong. 

It is actually set in modern day and Evening (Eve) is just a scientist's daughter. She gets in a car accident and is sent to her mothers research facility to be treated. In order to keep her busy while she is healing, her mother tasks her with a project to create the perfect boy.

I loved the alternating perspectives in this book, and you could really tell which author was writing with the different perspectives. I also really loved the romance in this book. It was not overbearing, but when it was there, I couldn't get enough!

I gave this book a 5/5 stars on Goodreads and I recommend this book to everyone! It was amazing!

And that is it for my June Wrap Up! I am really happy with the books I managed to finish and can't wait for my next book!

Monday Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Hello everyone!

I am back once again with a book review! I finished Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins about a week ago and I really loved it!

I thought it was a great book and can't wait to read the rest of the series! That's right I said SERIES! 

But first, the synopsis;

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

I loved this book so much! It is not at all what you would expect from the cover! There is a whole lot of butt-kicking and amazingness!

I was hooked the whole time and could not put the book down. There is a bit of everything for everyone in this book, some action, a little romance, and some mythology and more!

This book was funny, like laughing out loud funny, its intense, tons of plot twists and its entertaining.

If you are on the fence about this book AT ALL, just trust me, get it! You will not regret it!

I gave Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins a 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of the series to be written and released!

Top 5 Wednesday - Books I Struggled To Finish

Hello everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to my very first edition of T5W! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This weeks topic is your top 5 books you struggled to finish, and we all know, I have plenty to choose from. There have been many books that I force myself to finish because I am in denial and feel like there is a slight  chance it could still pick up. Usually, this is not the case though.

So, without further adieu, here are the top 5 books I struggled to finish.

5. Aquifer

I don't really know what it was about this book that made it hard to finish. I picked it up thinking I was really going to love it, but it just fell short of my expectations.

The story was only vaguely interesting and for such a short book, it felt like it drug on and on.

Not a bad book, just not book I would be dying to read.

I think that I would have liked this book better if I was a little bit older. Seeing that it is more of an adult fiction and I am a teenager who usually reads young adult fiction, you can't imagine this going over well. 

I mean some parts were funny and I laughed, but there were some parts that were just awkward and too advanced. I also found it hard to relate to the characters, as they were adults, and the main character Don was working on the "Wife Project," which, getting married is definitely not on my list of priorities right now. 

It wasn't a bad book, just not something I could relate to.

3. Panic

Ahh Panic. I feel like this book is one of those books with so much hype, and it just doesn't stand up to the hype.

I think that my main problem with this book was the characters and the character development. This is a standalone novel and there just isn't enough time to describe the world and the panic games and thoroughly develop each character. 

At the end I felt like I didn't care about the characters and the ending, once I finally got to it, I was disappointed.
You know, its almost sad to say that I spent valuable time struggling to continue this book. I mean, I read the first one and it was okay, nothing amazing, but I knew I would read the second one.

What's even more sad is that I really really REALLY wanted to enjoy this one. I loved the concept but I guess it just boiled down to the fact that this book was over 450 pages and from pages 1 to 400, it was boring! Sure there are things going on, but most of this book is just boringness until the last 50 or so pages where there is a conflict and then FINALLY an end. The end was fine, summed everything up mostly but getting there was a struggle.

I also wasn't a fan of dual perspectives, as the first book was only one and it felt weird. I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to see who was speaking because they both sounded so similar.

1. Matched

This was by far, the book that I struggled the most to finish. In fact, I don't even think that I finished it.

I feel like there is two camps with book, the loved it camp and the hated it camp. And as much as I hate to say it, I am in the hated it camp. 

I borrowed this book from a friend a year or so back and all I can say is I am SO glad I didn't spend my money on it! I really wanted to like this book but it was just awful.

There was little world building and the love triangle was just nauseating. I love a love triangle but this one was... horrendous. The pacing was awful and if I'm being completely honest, the details given throughout the book were so vague, all I remember is the main character and some dude climbing a hill talking about poetry or writing or something. I don't remember if there is a major event or climax, I didn't make it that far.

So there you have it! The Top 5 books I struggled to finish! See you next week for another T5W!

Monday Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Hello everyone!

I am back today with a review for a book I just finished, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

Overall, I thought that it was a very good book. Here is the synopsis:

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
 So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to? Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

Basically the story follows Vera, an eighteen-year old girl who is left in the aftermath of her best friend, Charlie's death. The story alternates between their childhood and "present day."

Vera is a strong, witty and occasionally moody teenager who is just trying to get through life. But when Charlie confides in her, she has to chose whether or not to stay friends. After he betrays her, she gives up. No soon after is Charlie found dead. But how? And why? Only Vera knows the answers.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was fast paced and a quick read. The events were so well described and the main characters were well developed. I really liked A.S. King's writing style, and how the book was written from mostly Vera's point of view, but it also through in a few notes from Vera's dad, Charlie (or as he is called in these parts "The Dead Kid," and an inanimate object.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It has that sort of raw, gritty feel that I have just been loving lately. Of course there is a little bit of a love story, but it definitely does not overpower the rest of the storyline.

I gave Please Ignore Vera Dietz a 5/5 stars on Goodreads, it was just so awesome.

I can't wait to read more of A.S. King's books! If she writes other books the way she wrote this, then I need to get going!

May Book Haul - 14 Books

Hello everyone!

I am here with my May book haul! As some of you may know, my birthday was in May, so I got some books from family and friends, as well as I used up some birthday gift cards and money!

In total, there are 14 books to show you. I am not going to talk too much about the books that I have read because I will save them for my June Wrap Up.

Missing: The Program (lending it out to a friend)
Of the 14 books I got in May, I have only read 6 of them. Not quite half but I have made a dent!

First, I got A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl. I don't really know to much about this book, I received it for free in exchange of an honest review from BookLook Bloggers.

Next up, is Arclight by Josin L. McQuein. I picked this one up for bargain price at Indigo. I really liked the cover and the price was great, so I couldn't turn it down!

I have read this book, and it wasn't my favourite. It was just ok.

I will talk more about it in my June Wrap Up.

Next up, I got Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I had some Indigo gift cards from my birthday burning a hole in my pocket and decided to finally pick this one up!

I really enjoyed it and after reading Eleanor and Park, I am hooked on Rainbow Rowell's books. There is just no way she can go wrong!

Once again, I will talk more in my June Wrap Up.

Next is Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. I originally saw this book on Book Outlet for $4.99 or something and put it in my cart to eventually buy.

However, I was strolling through Indigo and under a table, I saw it. For $2!! How was I supposed to turn it down!

I have not read this one yet, but I plan to soon.

Another book I got in May was Meridian by Josin L. Sequin. This is the sequel to Arclight and let me tell you, it is a lot longer!

I picked this one up with Arclight, because I thought I was going to love Arclight and didn't want to have to be in withdrawal. However, I wasn't really a fan of this one.

I will discuss it more in my June Wrap Up but it wasn't very good, in my opinion.

Next I got Panic by Lauren Oliver. I got this one for my birthday from my mom and I have to say, this wasn't at all what I was expecting. 

I have already read it, so you can see my thoughts on it in my May Wrap Up post.

Next is a book that has been going around for a little bit know, Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

I have not read this one, but can we just take a step back and look at this cover. It is stunning, the picture doesn't do it justice at all.

I am hoping to read this one in June.

Next is Ruins by Dan Wells. I got this one from my brother and sister. I have read Partials by Dan Wells, which is the first book in the trilogy and own the second book.

I have not read this one, or the second one, but I am planning on finishing off the trilogy in the summer.

The next book I got was Slide by Jill Hathaway. 

This was another one that was on my wish list and that I saw under a table for a bargain price, so I just had to pick it up.

I might wait until I have the sequel Imposter to marathon the series.

Next up, is The Forsaken by Lias M. Stasse. I got this one for another bargain price, and since I got the second one The Uprising for my birthday, I figured I needed to get the first one!

I am planning on waiting for the third and final book to come out in July so I can just marathon the series.

Another book I got was The Program by Suzanne Young. I have already read this one, and you can read more of my thoughts on my May Wrap Up post.

This book was really good, except for the cliffhanger ending! I didn't pick up the second book in the duology because I bought this one in store, not online and they only had one copy of the second book left and it was in bad shape so I decided I would wait and buy the second one online. I finished The Program in one day and ordered the second one the minute I was finished!

The next book is The Treatment and I bought online right after I finished the first one, The Program.

This was such a good duology and I highly recommend this set to anyone!

I read this one in June so watch out for my June Wrap Up to see my final thoughts.

Almost done! This next book I got from my grandma and it is the second book in the Forsaken trilogy, The Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse.

Like I said with The Forsaken I am going to wait until the third book comes out in July to read this trilogy.

And finally, I got Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris. And is it just me, but shouldn't it have two L's?? Is that just a Canadian thing? I'm not sure.

Anyways, I got this one from my mom as well and I think I am going to wait and get the second and third books before I read it.

Whew! So that is it! I really hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more!

May Wrap Up

Hello everyone!

I am excited to share with you all my May Wrap-Up! Basically, this is where I share the books I have read and my thoughts on them.

Let's get started!

In the month of May, I read a total of 9 books. This isn't as many as I was hoping, but I had other books I had to read for school and I didn't want to have to read multiple books at once.

Missing: The Program (currently lending it out to a friend)

One of the first books I read in May was Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen. I was really interested in the premise of this book, but in the end, it just fell flat for me.

Basically, the general premise is that the year is 2250 and water is scarce. The story follows the 16 year old son of the Deliverer, the man who negotiates with the ratlike miners underground that get them fresh water. Luca's father goes missing and Luca finds himself travelling underground to try and find him.

It sounded a little like City of Ember which I really enjoyed, so I thought I would really like this book but in the end, I gave it a 2/5 stars on Goodreads because it wasn't amazing and the ending left me with questions that were left unanswered.

Another book I read was The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson which by the way, wins the award for the worlds longest book title!

This book is about a man named Allan Karlsson. He turns 100 years old and is living in a nursing home. He decides that since he has had such an eventful life, including helping construct the atomic bomb, becoming friends with the President of the United States, and sharing more than one meal with Stalin himself, his life is not over yet. So he climbs out the window, and takes off.

I think that I underestimated this book. I wasn't expecting so much of Allan's backstory and since I would definitely not consider myself a history buff, I found it a little hard to follow. Overall, a solid 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Next, I read  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan. I actually quite enjoyed this book. 

This book features a guy named Clay who, after being laid off, gets a job at the curious looking 24 hour book store. After only a few days on the job, Clay realizes that where he works is not your average everyday book store. There are only a few customers who "check out" books, instead of buying anything. Clay is lead on a crazy adventure, all the while trying to figure out what really is Mr. Penumbra's bookstore.

I think the best word to describe this book is curious. It was quite an enjoyable tale and without giving anything away, I would definitely say, if you are even debating reading it, pick it up! Plus the hardcover I have GLOWS IN THE DARK! A 4/5 on Goodreads.

Next up, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I really liked this one and it was a fun little quick read.

This story is based around Lily, who planted a red notebook with clues, in the famous NY bookstore the Strand and Dash, the seemingly perfect candidate for Lily's dares. 

I loved this book! I read it all in one day and loved the characters and the wit in the writing. It really was a magical novel! Although this is a Christmas centred book, reading it at the end of May was definitely not a problem.

I really enjoyed the story line and it kept me hooked throughout. I know some people have a hard time getting into this book, but I found it fascinating and couldn't bare to put it down! Without a doubt, 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Another novel I devoured was Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park. This was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and I can tell you, it will not be my last!

This wonderful book follows the lives of Eleanor, a 16 year old who comes from a broken family and abusive stepfather and Park, also a 16 year old who decides to let the new girl sit with him on the school bus. This story is set over the course of one school year, where two teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

I LOVED this book. Like, this is my new favourite book. I thought it was so well written and the characters were so real. This book was not what I had expected - it was so much more! For sure, a 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

One of the final books I read in May was Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin.

This book is about a girl named Naomi who, after a serious fall down some stairs, becomes an amnesiac. She doesn't remember her boyfriend, or how she came to love him, she doesn't remember her best friend and she definitely doesn't remember her parents divorce, or their new families.

This was a tricky book for me. I went into it only knowing the basic idea of what it was about and once I was a few chapters in, found that it hit very close to home in more ways than one, but I am left wondering if that is why I liked it. Overall this book was written very well and I found it to be an emotional roller coaster. If you are looking for a grounded, well written story that is realistic and not so story book ending, then this is your book. 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Since my birthday was in May, one of the books I received and read was Panic by Lauren Oliver. Going into this story, I actually thought it was a dystopian, but it was actually a contemporary.

Basically, this is a story about a town that every year, all the graduating seniors play this game called  "Panic" and you have to put money in the pot everyday and if you win the game, you win all of the money. One of the main characters, Heather is playing after she realizes she needs the money and the other character Dodge wants to win for a darker reason.

I don't really know what to say about this one. I found it dragged on a bit at parts and was a little hard to follow and DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED on that ending! Ugh. It was an unexpected read, but still not terrible. An overall 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Next up, is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This is an adult fiction book I believe and it was fairly enjoyable.

This story follows Don Tillman, a genetics professor who has decided he needs to settle down. After he embarks on what he dubs "The Wife Project," Rosie Jarman stumbles into his life and Don's original project is put aside to help Rosie find her biological father.

This book is an adult fiction novel, so as a 17 year old, I had some problems relating to. This almost felt like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory was trying to find a wife. Everyone else seemed to love this book but it just wasn't amazing. Overall, this is a good book and I think that a sequel is in the works, which I definitely feel like the potential for a second book is there. A solid 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Finally, I read The Program by Suzanne Young. I absolutely LOVED this book!

This is a dystopian book where suicide is an epidemic, affecting almost everyone from ages 13-17. The story follows Sloane and James, two teens who have experienced great loss and are expected to hold it together, otherwise they will be sent to The Program to be "cured." Sloane and James struggle to hold and when the depression sets in, they realize that The Program is surely coming for them.

I really loved this book. I thought that the characters were well developed and you could really feel for them. The only complaint I had was the ending, but of course, because the sequel, called The Treatment, is out, you have to keep reading to see what will happen! This was a great duology overall and I really think that this series shows that you don't need a dystopian to be a trilogy for it to be good. A 4/5 star rating on Goodreads. (It would have been 5/5 if it weren't for the cliffhanger ending!)

Well, that is it for my May books I read. I hope to have even more read in June!