August Book Haul - 8 Books

Hello everyone!

I am back with my August book haul.

So in the month of August, I only bought 8 books. I know that that doesn't seem like a lot, but last month, I bought close to 40 books and I am on a book buying ban.

Plus, I have been taking advantage of the local library, and making a note of the books/series that I want to buy and read once my ban is over.

So without further adieu, here is my book haul!

First, I bought the Lux bind ups, Lux: Beginnings, Lux: Consequences, and Lux: Opposition. I original had read the first book, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout on my phone as a free ebook and I really enjoyed it. They had just released the new bind ups and I decided I might as well pick them up. I ended up bringing them on vacation with me and I loved them!

Next, I bought Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth. I had preordered this with another book, so it didn't ship until the other book was ready, so I got it a little later than everyone else! Nonetheless, I can't wait to read it!

Along with Four and Random, I got Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfeld. I don't really know too much about it, but I needed another $5 or so to get free shipping, and it was on sale for a bargain price.

Next, I got Random by Tom Leveen. This is a fairly new release, I think it came out a couple weeks ago. I really enjoy books dealing with mental health and I thought this would be an interesting and relevant take on suicide and cyberbullying.

In the same vain of Random, I picked up Julie Halpern's Get Well Soon. It is the first in a duology and the main character ends up in a mental hospital. I am hoping it is something along the lines of It's Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

And then finally, I got Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. My local recycling depot has a free book exchange and I did some "shopping." Unfortunately, I only left with one book, but at least it was free!

There you have it! My August book haul! See you next month for another book haul!

Tag Thursday - Book Addict Tag

Hello everyone!

I am back with another tag Thursday this week! This week, I decided to do the book addict tag. This tag was created by Erica at Snogging in Sunday Books on YouTube. You can check out the original video here.

Basically, you answer yes or no to the following statements and count up your score and figure out if you are a book addict!

  • You ration your reading
    • Yes - when I get to the end of a really good book, I don't want it to end!
  • You find yourself dropping character names into everyday conversation as if they're friends
    • No - not really. I don't have a ton of friends who read and I feel like they would look at me weird if I started talking about characters like that
  • You can't wait for the weekend because there's more time to read
    • Yes - I can finish 2-3 books in a weekend!
  • You get a little defensive about your favourite authors
    • Yes!
  • You lug around a book in your bag all day
    • Yes - Most of the time! I actually just went on vacation and brought a book when we went walking around or we had to wait for something. My family was scared!
  • You bring books to parties
    • No - I'm not a big partier, but even so I feel like reading at a party is like texting while talking to someone. Its disrespectful, plus would it not be too loud?
  • You've read more books that seen movies in the last month
    • Yes - Are we talking theatre or like DVD? Either way, I think I saw like 2-3 movies last month and read like 20 some books!
  • You've had a "book hangover" due to sleep deprivation 
    • No - I will stay up late to read but I never stay up past 12 or 1, I know I need my sleep!
  • You've had a "book hangover" because of mind blowing awesomeness
    • Yes - There have been many a book I just couldn't get over and couldn't stop thinking about!
  • There are piles of books in every room of your house
    • No - I like to keep my books safe and in my room. I have 2 dogs and one is still a puppy and loves to chew!
  • You bring home more library books than you can actually read before they're due
    • No - I usually take out 8-10 books at a time, and I have 3 weeks to read them. As long as I plan well, I read all the books I check out before they are due!
  • Your Pinterest board is basically a visual library 
    • No - I love to cook and bake, as well as do DIY projects, so my boards are mostly about that.
  • You wear your love of reading
    • No - I have a mockingjay necklace I sometimes wear, but other than that, I have no bookish clothes.
  • You have multiple versions of the same book
    • Yes - Hey! Eleanor and Park is my favourite book, and when the special edition came out, I had to get that one too!
  • When a book ends bad you take it personally
    • No.

TOTAL: yes = 7 no = 8

If you answer yes to...10-15= YOU'RE AN ADDICT...WELCOME5-10= You have addict potential1-5=You probably aren't that addicted 

Well I guess that means I am not a book addict!

See you next week for another Tag Thursday!

Top 5 Wednesday - Book Spines

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This week, the topic is top 5 favourite book spines!

TBR Tuesday - The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday!

Today, I am reading The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. The basic premise of this book is that this boy named Jack is born a Weirlind, and is part of a secret magical society in modern day. However, when he was born, instead of a Wizard stone, he was implanted with a Warrior stone, in the hopes to win a fight to the death match against other Warriors.

I actually just finished this book, and I thought it was good. I gave it a 4 stars on Goodreads, because it wrapped up nicely, despite being a series.

Monday Reviews - Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am talking about Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

First, a brief synopsis:

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

Wow! This book was really, really, REALLY good! I was actually surprised and how much I enjoyed this book. I am usually not a huge fan of fantasy, but this didn't feel like fantasy. I knew within the first chapter that I wanted to read the rest of the series. 

I thought that the characters were well developed and the concept of the Grisha powers were actually conceivable. They were explained with science and used the elements around them to work, which is much more plausible than, "oh I can make fire with my fingers!" and for that, I am thankful.

I know that this book and series has gotten some bad reviews, but pick it up and you will not regret it.

I gave it a full 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Tag Thursday - Bookish Would You Rather

Hi everyone!

I am back with another Tag Thursday (on a Friday!) I was just so busy yesterday, I didn't have a chance to post a Tag Thursday, so hopefully you are ok with this Tag Friday!

Basically, it is just a series of questions and I just have to answer them. Let me know what your choices would be and why!

Lets get started!

Would you rather read only trilogies or only stand alones?

Hmm, this is a hard one. I think that stand alones are great, but every once in a while I enjoy marathoning through a series. Then again, I like to have a stand alone to break up the trilogies a little bit. I think I am going to say stand alones, but fully developed 900 page stand alones.

Would you rather read only female authors or male authors?

Again, another hard question! Okay, I think the only fair way to answer this is to look at like, my top 5 favourite books, and then decide. Hmm, ok I love anything by Rainbow, so 1 point for female, but then I loved Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska by John Green, and I grew up on Roald Dahl books, but then I wouldn't have The Hunger Games or Divergent. I think I am going to have to say only female authors

Would you rather shop for books only at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Ok, I am in Canada, so for me, I am just going to read this as shop only in store or online. And without a doubt, I would say online. I'm like addicted to online shopping, and book buying is no different. Not only are the prices better online, but I always feel like I am being judged in a bookstore. Like not from the employees, but like other customers are silently judging me like "Oh, she's getting that book?!" I don't know maybe I'm losing it. Anyways, online = cheaper, easier and no judgemental patrons!

Would you rather all books become movies or TV shows?

In this day and age, one book that is like 300 pages becomes two, 3 hour movies that are so far from the book, its ridiculous. And TV shows are usually so long and drawn out that people are like, what? that wasn't even mentioned in the book. So I'm not the biggest fan of this question. I mean, are we assuming that the movie/TV show is done well? Then I would say TV show. It will last longer, as long as they don't stray from the book. Can we not just take a book, and get some good actors and just read the book, as it is written? Is that so hard to ask for. I get that it is supposed to be an adaptation or is based on the book, but is it really so difficult to just do what is says to do in the book? I don't know much about movie making, but can you not just use the book as the script and scene setup guide?

Would you rather read only 5 pages a day or 5 books a week?

Ha this question was made for me! Most of the time (at least now in the summer) I can read one book a day, so I think that the 5 books a week is the best option for me. And besides, it would be torture to only read 5 pages a day.

Would you rather be a professional reviewer or professional author?

Hmm, another tricky question. See, I feel like I'm not the greatest reviewer, but I think I would be a terrible author. I can write well for like school and essays and stuff, but I couldn't sit down and write a contemporary novel or a whole in depth fantasy series. I guess I would have to go with professional reviewer, however, I would really love to be an editor of books, if someone gave me that option.

Would you rather only reread 20 of your favourite books over and over or read all different books only once?

This one is actually quite easy for me. I'm not huge on re-reading books, I find that I remember what happened, and then I just skim read the book and its just not enjoyable. So I would go with different books once!

Would you rather be a librarian or book seller?

I would definitely be a book seller, I love seeing all the new books, and I would get first dibs on all the new releases!

Would you rather only read your favourite genre or every genre but your favourite?

Another tricky one! I don't know if I have a favourite genre. I mean, I read mostly dystopian and contemporary. Although, I am getting more into fantasy. But I don't think that I live without my contemporaries, so I think I will say only read your favourite genre.

Would you rather only read physical books or ebooks?

I feel like this question is super easy for me. I don't own a Kindle or Kobo or whatever else, and I have only ever read 1 book in the iBooks app on my phone, and that was nice because I didn't have to hold a whole book while I was in bed and it didn't weigh any extra to lug around. But! I love my books. I love the feel of the book in my hand, I like seeing how far I am and I love seeing my bookshelf and seeing all the books that I loved! I guess that means I will be going with physical books then.

There you go! See you next week for another Tag Thursday (hopefully on a Thursday!)

Most Anticipated Fall Releases

Hello everyone!

I thought that I would share my most anticipated fall releases that I have preordered or that I want to preorder! Lets get started!

The Opposite of Love by Sarah Lynn Scheerger

What can I say? Forbidden love, troubled backstories, great cover, it looks really good, and I'm a sucker for a good love story!

Release Date: September 1, 2014

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

This is being called a mix of Mean Girls and The Perks of Being a Wallflower and looks really good.

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 

This looks really interesting and I have heard some great things about it.

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang

This is the third book in The Hybrid Chronicles. I haven't read books 1 and 2 yet, but I have heard really good things and this series has a fairly high rating on Goodreads!

Release Date: September 16, 2014

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

This is about a girl who is trying to write her first novel and follows that process as well as the actual book she writes. I think that the concept is brilliant and have heard great things.

Release Date: September 23, 2014

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

I have read quite a few A.S. King books recently and I have really enjoyed them. This one sounds interesting and I hope it is just as good as the others I have read.

Release Date: October 14, 2014

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Besides this GORGEOUS cover, the story also sounds interesting, a murderer who runs through multiple universes after killing its inventor. The story looks really good and the cover is stunning, plus its the first book in a new trilogy!

Release Date: November 4, 2014

There you have it! Some of the books I am looking forward to in the fall.

TBR Tuesday - The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! Today, I am reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. 

This is a sort of dystopian/sci-fi post apocalyptic book about a boy named Todd who is the last boy in the community, and once he turns 13, he will become a man. Years ago there was an alien attack that killed all the women and half the men and the story just follows Todd who learns that things may not be what they have always seemed.

I am almost done this book, and it is fairly good so far, I have been finding it a little hard to get into, the story is written from the perspective of Todd who can't read and this is shown with misspelled words and dialogue, with words like "reckernize"and "yer" and I am just having a hard time getting into the story because if it.

I will have to wait until the end to see what my final rating will be and if I will pick up the next books.

Monday Reviews - Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello everyone!

I am back from my vacation and I have a review from a great book to share with you today!

Recently, I read the entire Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout because the final book just came out and I had read the first book, Obsidian as an ebook and really enjoyed it.

If you are unfamiliar with the series, here is a quick synopsis of the first book:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don't kill him first, that is.

Man I loved this book! I usually do not like paranormal books or books with aliens, but this book was just so amazing! There was sassy commentary, a non-insta romance and just such kick-butt characters!

Because they did a cover change on the 5th and final book, I decided to get the matching bind ups of the first four books, but don't let the old or new covers scare you, this series is just so amazing! 

I gave all the Lux books, including Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout a full 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

I highly recommend you pick this up, even if you are uncertain, it is so good.

Tag Thursday - Chocolate Book Tag

Hello everyone!

I am back with another tag Thursday! This week, I am doing the chocolate book tag. I am not 100% sure who created this tag, but if I find out, I will link them here.

Basically, in this tag you have different types of chocolate and match a book to that chocolate.

Dark Chocolate - A book that covers a dark topic

I would say that this book would have to be The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This book deals with the kidnapping, rape and eventual murder of a young girl. It is a pretty intense book, and a frightening read to say the least. Although I did enjoy the writing, I just don't know if I will ever reread it.

White Chocolate - A light-hearted or humorous read

I think that the book that is like white chocolate would be Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn. This book deals with revenge but I didn't find it super heavy and it was a fast and easy read.

Milk Chocolate - A book with lots of hype that you are dying to read

I think that the book I am most dying to read that has a lot of hype is Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I read the first book in the Lux Series not too long ago and I am currently working my way through the rest of the series so it can get to book 5.

Chocolate Filled With Caramel - A book that made you feel all gooey inside

When I think of gooey inside, I think cutsy love story. And for that, I would have to say My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This book is a love story. You know that from the get go, which also means that they will get together somewhere near the beginning of the book, not within the last 60 pages. This book was so cute and just made me feel all gooey. 

Wafer-Free KitKat - A book that surprised you (in a good way!)

Hmm, I feel like I read books that I know I am going to like, because I know what my tastes are. However, I would have to say that the book that surprised me was Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I originally got this book as a free ebook and read it on my phone, because I had heard lots of hype about the series but had not picked it up because paranormal and aliens are not my thing. However, I read this book and loved it. Next thing I know I'm buying the new bindups and preordering the final book!

Snickers - A book you are going nuts about

Currently, the Lux series! (See above for further details)

Hot Chocolate - A book you turn to for comfort

You know, I'm not the biggest fan of rereading. I mean, once I sit down and start rereading, I'm fine but thinking about rereading and how I will remember everything and will just have to skim read, not my favourite. However, one book I can always reread and will comfort me is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Dahl was my favourite author growing up and I loved all his books, especially CATCF. 

Box of Chocolate - A series that has something for everyone

Well, can I say the Lux series again? It's got some paranormal, romance, book related (the main character is a book blogger), high school problems, life problems, friendships, just anything you could ask for!

Alright well, that was the chocolate book tag! I am sorry the books aren't linked to the Goodreads page, like usual. I am currently typing this post on my iPhone, not my laptop because I am currently on vacation and there is no wifi so I have to use my 3G on my phone to post.

Anyways! I will see you next week for another Tag Thursday!

TBR Tuesday - Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! I am currently typing this out on my iPhone because I am on vacation and there is no wifi to post from my laptop, I am using 3G.

Anyways, this is just a quick TBR Tuesday. I am reading the Lux series, specifically Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I really loved the first book in the series and am currently on the second.

Do not let these horrific covers scare you, the books are so amazing!

Monday Reviews - Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews, and I am very excited about this one! I read this book a few weeks back, but it was just so good.

That book is Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn and frankly that is a super long title for a book. It will now be referred to as BHFAOTTM!

Now, before I go any further, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. You have been warned!

First, a synopsis:

Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long? 

When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.

Gemma's plan is working (she's finding it hard to resist Josh), but she's finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is? 

Before I start, can we just take a minute to appreciate the cuteness of that cover? Even though the title is monstrous, BHFAOTTM has a gorgeous cover.

Ok, so the story itself is good. I was hooked from the beginning, and couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting, over the period of about 3 1/2 hours! Its almost 340 pages, but they fly!

I thought the characters were good, nothing special and not super fleshed out, but I thought the story made up for that.

When we first meet Hallie, I thought for sure she was going to call Gemma out on not telling the truth, but she didn't, which seemed oddly, helpful to Gemma.

I thought Teddy was a pain and that plot twist at the end when he ended up being Hallie's boyfriend, I did not see that coming! I could not believe it! And the fact that she knew about Gemma from the beginning and didn't say anything, especially to Josh, shows her evil side. 

What I still don't understand is why did she steal Gwyn's shoes that Gemma was wearing? Did she think they were Gemma's or does she have a beef with Gwyn as well? Oh plot twist!

Also I think that that book that everyone is reading, what was it called? Once Bitten? Ya that one, I think that Josh and Hallie's mom, Karen is the author! Because how can she afford the house in the Hampton's if she has no more published books. Maybe because she is using an alias? Hmmm...

Overall I really liked this book! I cannot wait for the sequel, Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold! Oh that title makes it sound so good!

I gave this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads because I thought it was a perfect summer read that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

Tag Thursday - Book Sacrifice Tag

Hello everyone!

I am back once again with another Tag Thursday post, this week it is the book sacrifice tag, which was created by Ariel Bissett. You can check out her original video here.

1. An Over-Hyped Book You Hated: 

Let's start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let's say you're in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies' only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated do you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

I think that for me, the over-hyped book I didn't like was probably The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I guess I can't say that I hated it, but I felt like everyone I talked to had really loved this book and this series. I thought it was just okay, nothing special. However, I would have no problem throwing any one of the books in the series at a zombie!

2. A Sequel You Didn't Like: 

Let's say you've just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself? 

I think that the sequel I hated the most was Meridian by Josin L. McQuein. To be honest, I didn't even like the first one, but this one was just whole other version of terribleness. I hated the dual perspective, it was boring and frankly too long!

3. A Classic You Hated: 

Let's say you're in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is horrible and it's worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?

This one is a little harder because I haven't read many classics, maybe 2 or 3. However, I would say that my least favourite classic was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I don't know, maybe it was because I read it in grade 9 and wasn't fully capable of comprehending it or if because I had to read it for school and write an essay on it. Either way, it was not my favourite!

4. Your least favourite book of life: 

Let's say that you're hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You're trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

I think that for this, it is without a doubt, Matched by Ally Condie. This book was terrible, in fact, I don't even think that I finished it. When I read this book, I borrowed it from a friend and 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. There was nothing memorable about this book. I don't remember if there is a major event or climax, maybe I didn't make it that far...

So that is it! The book sacrifice tag! I hope you enjoyed and I will see you next week for another Tag Thursday!

Top 5 Wednesdays - Books With Blue Covers

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This weeks topic is top 5 books with blue covers. Basically, I am just picking out my favourite covers that are blue! I am going to try and separate the story from the cover, and pick books based just on cover, not necessarily the story. 

Let's get started.

5. The Testing

I think that the cover to Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing is so cool. Its got a funky maze and some lightening bolts and stuff, but the best part is that the actual hardcover book is SUPER shiny! Like blindingly shiny!

4. Mockingjay

What would a post be around here without a Hunger Games book! Luckily, the third and final book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is blue! I just love all the Hunger Games books and how all the covers match. I love the shade of blue used as well as the overall design of the cover.

3. Divergent

Again, how could I not talk about a major dystopian like Divergent by Veronica Roth. I love the cityscape on this cover and I think that the blue is subtle but still makes the cover pop. I also really love the "Divergent" font.

2. The Rosie Project

I didn't really like The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison but I do really love the cover! The colours are just perfect and I love how the font and bike just pop!

1. Eleanor and Park Exclusive Collectors Edition

Of course, I cannot talk about my favourite covers without mentioning one of Rainbow Rowell's books. I just love the blue they picked for the exclusive collectors edition of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Whoever is in charge of cover designs for all of Rainbows books does such a good job!

Alright so there you have it! Another T5W down. See you next week for another T5W!

TBR Tuesday - Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday, where I share what book I am reading!

I just started Delirium by Lauren Oliver this morning, and am already almost 200 pages in. I am really enjoying it so far.

If you don't know, it is about a society where it is believed that love is a disease and that people need to be "cured" of the disease. This involves a medical operation, as well as a segregated society, music restrictions, and an evaluation that determines ones spouse, number of children, etc.

It is very good so far, I am interested in seeing what will happen next, as there have been some interesting developments thus far.

Well, that's it for my TBR Tuesday this week! See you next week for another edition of TBR Tuesday!

Monday Reviews - Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews. This week, I am reviewing Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, which I actually read a few weeks back, when I got my preorder in the mail. Like my last preorder, it came in early, and hey, I'm not complaining! I read it in around 4 hours, it was so good!

If you are unfamiliar with the book, here is the synopsis:

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings… until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Can I just say that this book was AH-MAZE-ING!! I loved every page, every sentence, every word!! Alsaid is an amazing writer. The book is seriously so well laid out and I loved how I could get into the story super easily, I didn't have to worry about strange sentence structure.

This truly is the book of the summer!! If you are at all on the fence, please read it! There is humour, and sorrow and just an all around adventure. 

Your summer cannot be completed without this book!! It has made it's way to my top favourite books ever. It is ridiculously well written and the characters are just so well developed. I gave Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid a full 5/5 star review on Goodreads because I could find nothing at all wrong with the book and I did not want to put it down!

July Wrap Up

Hello everyone!

Can I just say that it is CRAZY that July is already over!? Seriously where did the time go?

Nonetheless, I had an extremely successful reading month, I read 29 books. That its not too shabby, almost 1 book a day! Ok, I've got a lot of books to talk about so lets get started.

First, I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I really, really loved this book. I don't want to tell you too much about it, because it really is best to go into it not knowing too much! I will however, give you the Goodreads description:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.A revolution. An incident. A secret.Lies upon lies.True love.The truth.  Read it.And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I gave this book a full 5/5 stars because I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! I did, and you really can read this book in a matter of hours!

After a suspenseful book, I was in the mood for a cutesy contemporary, so I picked up Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I thought this book was okay. I don't know if it was because I read this book in one sitting on an 3 1/2 hr airplane ride or what, but I didn't really like it.

Basically, its about these two friends, Emily and Sloane and one summer Sloane disappears but leaves a list of things for Emily to do over the summer. There is a bit of romance, but truthfully, it left me wanting more. Also, the things on the list weren't as crazy as one would have thought. It included things like apple picking, dance until dawn, and kiss a stranger. I don't know, I felt like I had no connection to Emily or Sloane and frankly, the story was too long and boring.

I gave this book a 3/5 stars on Goodreads, because while I didn't love it, it was still an okay book.

Because I recently moved at the beginning of the month, I had most of all my books packed and read so the only book I had to read was one that had just come in the mail, Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King.

It is really just a book about a boy named Lucky and his dysfunctional family. This was an overall good book. I really enjoyed A.S. Kings writing style and I enjoyed the story line. There is some history, not a ton though, I promise you won't get bored. And there is humour and bullying and everyday family problems.

I enjoyed this book, so I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads. It lost a star because on the cover, it says something about they know Lucky's secret and they know yours too. I felt like his secret wasn't really made out to be a big deal, and I didn't really clue in to what the big secret was even though it was going on throughout the story. It just felt like I got to the end and it was like SECRET TIME!!

Next, I still didn't have my books yet, but I did get a preorder book in the mail. It was Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I thought this book was good, but not great and I feel like this isn't my favourite Rainbow Rowell book.

I mean, it was really good, but I just didn't love it as much as I did Eleanor and Park or Fangirl. Maybe its because this is an adult fiction and those were YA. If you are thinking about reading this one, I would read another Rainbow book first, because I don't think that this is Rainbow's best. 

The story was entertaining and the characters were fairly relatable, but I just didn't think it was as good as other Rainbow Rowell books.

I gave Landline a 4/5 stars on Goodreads. You can read my full blog post review here.

After Landline, I picked up a book I knew I was going to love, I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. This was a funny, witty, entertaining read that I really enjoyed. I really liked the the writing style and the main characters voice, and how it was written as though the main character was writing it himself.

I liked how this wasn't your average lovey-dovey cancer romance story. I mean, the last cancer book I read was TFiOS so this was like the polar opposite. 

I took a star away because I felt like this book jut didn't do it for me in the romance department. I know from the get go it was said that it wasn't going to be a romance story (and if you wanted one, go pick up a different book, seriously!) but part of me really wanted it to turn into a romance story.

Next, I read Life before Legend by Marie Lu, because I wasn't sure if I was going to pick up the Legend Trilogy or not and I figured since it came with the box set, that I would try it out. 

I felt like this novella was kinda pointless. Its 41 pages, and I mean, it was cheaper to get the 3 hardcover books in a box set but I didn't feel like there was much purpose in the short stories. I didn't learn anything vital to the story, and once I got to that part in the actual book, I thought that the explanations written there were fine.

I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads. It wasn't a necessary addition to the storyline, but it was still well written.

Next, I read Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo. I thought it was an okay book, I mean its nothing I would run out to get or really want to reread, but it wasn't a terrible book, it just wasn't amazing. I after finishing it, it's nothing to really remember. 

The main character is a 15 year old girl who is in love with a 21 year old guy. And he might have feelings for her. Not only is this super creepy, it is also a little hard to relate to and hard to accept. Maybe if he was 18?? Just a few years younger, it would have been a little more plausible. Normally something like this doesn't really bother me, but it seemed like every chance the author got, she reminded us of the age difference. 

The whole book is literally her chasing him. The plot doesn't really go to far and in the end, not much is resolved. It ended as I was like "what? That's it?"

Ok, after a couple of contemporaries, I was in the mood for some dystopian. I picked up Captives by Jill WilliamsonI thought this book was good.

It felt like many other dystopians I have read before, and it didn't really feel unique. It had the virus/disease of Partials, the birthing process like The Giver and the fancy outfits of the Hunger Games Capitol, so I guess if you liked those books, you would like this.

I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it. There was some romance, but not as much as I would have liked and there was a lot of action scenes. I thought the ending was terrible thought, it just stopped.

Overall, I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads. I have the second one in the trilogy (?) and I don't have a burning desire to read it right away.

After getting my dystopian fix, I picked up Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler. I didn't realize that this was a sequel/companion novel, but it read like a stand alone.

This wasn't an amazing story but I didn't hate it.

I enjoyed the story line and the morals and lessons V learns throughout the book, I could have used a few less romantic "scenes", but it wasn't terrible. It was a road trip book, but not an amazing one. 

Overall it wasn't the greatest road trip story ever but it wasn't the worst.

Its not that memorable and even now I don't remember much about it. I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Next I read Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper. This was a quick read that I really enjoyed.

I thought it was funny and witty but also real and moving. Not quite as gripping as other books, but still good nonetheless.

I was originally drawn by the cover and once I read the synopsis I was hooked. It is all about love, and what it means to love. Seth starts a podcast where he talks about various topics and reasons behind love and spends time playing golf with his buddy.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads, because even though I enjoyed it thoroughly, I felt like the golf aspect was a little overbearing and I just didn't love some parts of it. That plot twist at the end though! Did not see that one coming!

Next, I was ready to dive back into a dystopian world. I picked up the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, which consisted of Legend, Prodigy and Champion

I thought that Lu did a very good job of making the reader feel immersed in the story, the characters and problems felt so real. I also thought that Day and June were really well developed and I loved how as the trilogy progressed, you were guessing who the "bad guy" was, and what would happen next.

I loved Prodigy even more than Legend, with the romance and plot twists. I got to the end of Prodigy and needed Champion. There isn't a real cliffhanger from Legend to Prodigy but from Prodigy to Champion, it was almost unbearable. I marathoned the whole series, one after the other.

In the end, I gave Legend 4/5 stars, because it was good, but then I gave Prodigy and Champion a 5/5 stars each because the series just gets so much better as it goes on.

Okay, so after a major dystopian trilogy, I was ready for some more contemporary! I had ordered Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and it had finally come in so I picked that up next.

This book was really good! I loved the premise and how the story build up slowly. The romance wasn't rushed, but it didn't seem slow. I think that this book solidified my love for Rainbows writing style.

I think that this is my 3rd favourite Rainbow book, right after Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. I enjoyed the romance and the story line. It was cute and funny and witty.

I only gave this book 4/5 stars because as much as I loved it, I didn't think that it was well ended. The book kind of just ended. I mean, it has a good ending, but I could have used an epilogue or something. Rainbow seems to like that with her books though...

Next, I picked up Blackout by Robison Wells because I thought I could use another dystopian. Wrong! I'll admit, I went into this book with low expectations. I thought it would just be ok, but I was wrong. It was terrible. The plot and storyline where extremely slow and didn't really go anywhere. I had no real idea of what the world was like, and most of the time I was just so confused.

Not only is there literally 5 different characters to keep track of, but there is also these really confusing website/email messages that we don't find out their purpose until seriously page 415. There is only 432 pages in this book.

I am really not liking this book and I felt no emotion throughout this book. I absolutely do not recommend this book at all. The only reason this book is getting a 2 stars is because I forced myself to finish and got a horrible fake cliff hanger ending. It was meant to be a cliff hanger but seriously, I didn't care. 

have no desire to spend my money on the sequel, which by the way, is claiming to be "Homeland meets Marie Lu’s Legend in the explosive sequel to Blackout, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Ally Condie called “a thrilling combination of Wells’s trademark twists and terror. Fantastic!" - Maybe I should have stayed away knowing that Ally Condie liked it... and that is just offensive to Marie Lu and the Legend Trilogy!

After a horrible dystopian, I needed more contemporary! I picked up the recently released Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. 

Basically, this is a book about a girl who has cancer, and decides to complete a bucket list of sorts. But then she goes into remission and has to live with the choices she has made.

This book was so good! I thought it was the perfect balance between romance, tragedy and just everyday situations. This is a cancer book, but you don't really get the sad parts of cancer, the book mainly focused on Alice's life and after she goes into remission.

The only reason I took away a star was because the story was told from 2 perspectives in 2 time frames, Alice Now, Alice Then and Harvey Now, Harvey Then and at times it was hard to keep track of what time frame everything was happening. Other than that, a solid 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Next, I decided to pick up Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. I thought this was a good book. It was funny and heart wrenching and sad and exhilarating all at once.

I loved the romance, I thought that the pace of it was good, not too fast, but also not to slow. 
I found this book to be extremely funny at times, sometimes even laughing out loud to myself and getting weird stares. There were times when it was a little too artsy, the references I didn't fully get, but for the most part, it was an overall good book!

I was wanting something similar to the night part of Paper Towns by John Green and I thought it was fairly similar.

Next, I picked up Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. I got this book a little early, because I preordered it and in came in on July 22nd I think. I LOVED this book!

It was AH-MAZE-ING!! I loved every page, every sentence, every word!! This truly is the book of the summer!! If you are at all on the fence, please get it! There is humour, and sorrow and just an all around adventure!

Your summer cannot be completed without this book!! It has made it's way to my top favourite books ever. It is ridiculously well written and the characters are just so well developed. 

It has a John Green feel to it, with the road trip of Paper Towns as well as the mystery of Looking for Alaska. If you like a good road trip, romance, adventure, funny, sad, just great book, READ IT! I promise you will not regret it. I gave it full 5/5 stars on Goodreads. 

Next, I read another road trip book because hey! why not! I read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I loved it! Which is actually a good thing, considering I recently read Since You've Been Gone, and frankly, I didn't like it. But this! This was amazing. I just love road trip books, and this was, as the title states, just an epic road trip book.

So many amazing adventures ensue, and I loved all the detours, romance and issues that they faced along the way. Hillary and Edmund, er Amy and Roger are great characters that seem fairly well developed.

I would have liked in the ending, if we got a little more on Charlie and the situation with Julia, the whole Julia storyline for me seemed a little unnecessary.

Regardless, an excellent summer, road trip book, highly recommend, 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Next, I read You Against Me by Jenny Downham. I picked it up because someone recommended it if you like Eleanor and Park, and we all know that that is my favourite book.

This however, is not. The storyline is that a boy alleged raped a drunk girl after they got together with some friends at his house.  I thought this book was just ok. I wasn't in love with the storyline and frankly the characters felt a little flat. 

Also, this is written by a British author/in Britain and I didn't get some of the stuff she was trying to say. Plus, at least 4 times she wrote something like "wouldn't've" umm what? I am not an English guru but that doesn't look right to me...

I thought the ending was horrendous, literally they went for a walk and the end. 
Huh? What about the final verdict? Overall not impressed. I gave this book 3/5 stars and I think that even that is too generous.

After that disappointment, I picked up Gone by Michael Grant. I don't know how I feel about this book. I mean it was good, but I just don't have a urge to buy the rest of the books in the series. It is a 6 book series, so maybe I will hold off a little bit.

I thought this was a good book. I thought that the storyline was good, very much like The Outsiders (I think that is the book I'm thinking of, I read it back in grade 6) and the Lord of the Flies but in the future.

I thought there was enough action, as well as enough suspense. There is still some mystery, and some of the chapters were a little freaky, with the talking coyotes and all but for the most part it was good.

I think I will be getting the next one, but not super soon.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

After Gone, I was ready for a cutesy contemporary. I picked up My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I picked this one up not knowing too much and I loved it!

I loved it so much! It was such a swoony love story and I loved how the relationship started near the beginning of the book, not like half way through. I loved the storyline and that twist! It was heartbreaking! I almost started crying! 

I would definitely recommend going into this one fairly blind, and I think that anyone who loves a good love story would love this book!

I gave it a full 5/5 stars on Goodreads and I cannot wait to read more from Huntley Fitzpatrick. Plus, I just found out on Goodreads that there is a sequel/companion novel that follows Samantha's friend's brother Tim and Jase's sister Alice! Oh my gosh! But not until 2015 :(

I was in the mood for contemporary, so I picked up Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. I thought that it was a good book, very gripping plot for a contemporary, I don't know if I have any nails left because I was just waiting for Gemma's plan to be foiled. 

I think this is a great fluffy contemporary about revenge and moving on from your past. Very typical in terms of teenage drama, but I still thought it was good.

I am excited for the sequels, yes there are two more books on the way, Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold and the trilogy finale, Hearts, Fingers and Other Things to Cross! Both with ridiculously long titles, but hopefully still a cute story.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads because while it was good, I thought that it set things up a little too well for a sequel, and the ending wasn't the best.

Next, I picked up Before You Go by James Preller. I  hated this book. I thought it was so pointless.

Yes it has a car crash. Yes, there are multiple deaths throughout this book. 
No I am not some cold hearted person who doesn't care about people and death, but honestly I hated this book.

I didn't get the point at all. The characters were dry, you didn't care about them and the romance was insta love that didn't make sense. 

The book is way too short to actually be worthwhile and frankly, I think if it had been any longer it would have been a "did not finish" 

Overall, I gave it a 2/5 stars on Goodreads.

After a few contemporaries, I was ready to pick up a dystopian. I grabbed a stand alone, because I didn't want to have to commit to a trilogy right now. I picked up Dark Days by Kate Ormand

Overall this was a good book. It had a good premise, solid characters and it was well written.

Still, this one didn't stand out to me that much. I found myself wishing for more world building and a better understanding of why things were the way they were. There were some brief "this is what we learned in history class" descriptions, but nothing to really tell us what had happened.

It was not a terrible book, but it just felt a little old and similar to other dystopians.

I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

I promptly decided that I was not in the mood for dystopian quite yet, so I picked up Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt, as well as the companion novel Right of Way also by Lauren Barnholdt. I really enjoyed TWS and the characters. ROW was a little less great though. They are both road trip novels about a broken up couple who go on a road trip together.

I really liked TWSThe storyline was good and I loved Barnholdt's writing style.

The characters were witty and funny. The story was set in Courtney/Jordan before, Courtney/Jordan the trip, and Courtney/Jordan after. It was easy to tell when things were happening and I thought that the two voices were well divided. It was nice to have the story from two perspectives, where something would happen and you could see how both characters felt.

While I also liked ROW, I thought that it was a little too similar to TWS, where a boy and a girl who are broken up, but they still love each other, some secret event has broken them up, they go on a road trip, secrets are spilled and they get back together. You know about 80 pages in they are getting back together and the rest of the story is about the secret. It is still funny and witty, just very similar to the first book.

Overall, I enjoyed both books, and gave both Two-Way Street and Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt a 4/5 stars on Goodreads. I really liked them and plan on reading more from Lauren Barnholdt in the near future (okay, maybe distant future... I am supposed to be on a book buying ban after all...)

After a few road trip books, I was ready to pick up something a little heavier. I decided on Slide by Jill Hathaway. I have to say, this book was so heavy, I debated putting it down twice. TWICE! But I decided to stick it out and finish.

Intense is probably the only word I can use to describe this book. Those last few chapters were unbelievable! So much happened, and we find out the killer which oh man I didn't see coming!

It was scary and intense but I am only giving it 3 stars because while it was good, it just wasn't my cup of tea and I don't plan on rereading it again. I already own the second one, and I think I will wait a little bit before I read it.

I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads because while the story was suspenseful, it just wasn't my favourite.

After an intense book, I picked up a book I thought I would really enjoy. I read Ask the Passengers by A.S. King which was also a heavy book. I didn't know too much about it going in and I was a lot deeper than I thought it was going to be.

I thought this was a good book. I really love A.S. Kings writing style and how she has these magical moments. I enjoyed the message of this novel, and I liked the characters. I hated Astrid's mom but also felt bad for her. I feel like there is some underlining issues that make her the way she is because I don't think (at least I hope) she would treat her child like that on purpose.

This is my third A.S. King book, and I think it is my least favourite, I liked Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Everybody Sees the Ants a little bit better. Overall a good book, I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

So that is it! I read a total of 29 books! 29 books this month! Crazy! Although, I did buy 39, so I guess its not that crazy!