Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Book Haul - 30 Books

Hello everyone!

This is my September book haul! There is just way too many books to write something about each one, but you can check out my thoughts on Goodreads!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Reviews - Perfect Chemistry

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews and this week I am reviewing Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

As usual, a synopsis to start.

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. 

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.






Really, this book was so much better than I expected. And please, do not judge it on its cover, I know its bad.

It was beautiful, scary and heart wrenching. The ending was so amazing and I couldn't believe it!

I highly recommend it and I cannot wait for the next books.

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tag Thursday - Circle of Books Tag

Hello everyone!

Recently, I was tagged by that.bookworm on Instagram to do the Circle of Books tag. If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should!) you will know I posted my photo a few days ago.






Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Reviews - Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews and this week, I am reviewing Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.

I really enjoyed this book, I finished it a few days ago and it was so amazing, I highly recommend!

Before I get to my full review, a quick synopsis:

This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.

Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.



This book was such a great surprise. I went into it not really knowing too much about it, and it became this magical, brilliant story about finding yourself and standing up for what you believe in.

It was so well written and one minute, had me laughing and then the next almost in tears. This was a heart wrenching and hilarious debut novel and I cannot wait for more from this author!

I gave Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes a 5/5 stars on Goodreads and highly, highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tag Thursday - Book and Chocolate Tag

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Tag Thursday! This week, I did the Book and Chocolate tag.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 5 Wednesdays - Top 5 Author Blurbs on Books

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 author blurbs on books. This one is a little confusing, but I am going to interpret this as author blurbs on books that I agreed with/represented the book well.

Let's get started!

5. The Program by Suzanne Young




4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo




3. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson




2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell




1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart




And that's it! See you next week for another Top 5 Wednesday!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Reviews - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews and this week I am reviewing Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

**CAUTION: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS**

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. But before I get to my review, lets get a synopsis.

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong colour.


The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.


Juliette has to make a choice. Be a warrior. Or be a weapon.


I wasn't sure what to expect, so many people loved it.

I really liked the romance and the adventure, but I felt like because I knew that Warner was going to become the "good guy" I had a hard time seeing him as genuine in his actions against Juliette. 

I felt unsure about Warner, he would do something and I would think he was being a butt and I wouldn't like him, but then part of me was trying to find the parts of him that were nice and kind to Juliette.

I thought Adam was okay, again I knew about Warner becoming the good guy, so part of me was skeptical of Adam. But if I was just reading the book not know what was going to happen, I would have liked him better.

Overall, it was a good book, with some flaws, like that ending, but hey, it was still a great book and I will definitely continue the series! I ended up giving it a 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Don't forget to come back next week for another Monday Reviews!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tag Thursday - Favourite Book Fonts

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Tag Thursday!

Last week, I was tagged to do the favourite book font tag, created by Hearts and Crowns, you can check them out on Instagram here or their blog here.



I just really love the skinny, easy to read fonts that seem to be super popular these days. Interestingly enough, I found it a little tricky to separate the font from the story, for example I felt like I had to put Eleanor and Park in there, because its one of my favourite books!

That's it for this week! See you next week for another Tag Thursay!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Series I Won't Be Finish

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 series I will not be finishing! I am actually a little excited about this one, although I might have more than 5. 

5. Gone by Michael Grant

I am a little iffy on this one. I feel like my main problem is that I don't want to commit to the series. There are 5-6 books and frankly, while I didn't mind the first one, I feel like there are other books I would rather be reading. I may take these books out of the library to see if I want to buy them, but for right know, I am in no rush to finish the series.











4. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

I feel like I am one of the few people who didn't like this series, or first book I guess. I had a hard time getting through the writing style and frankly it just wasn't my favourite storyline. I might pick the next book up at the library, I'm not sure.









3. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I wanted to like this book, I really did. But I just felt bored and confused by it. I didn't really feel like I got a great understanding of the world and how everything works. Maybe I will pick it up a little later when I feel more like reading something paranormal.









2. The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

Ugh, Lauren Oliver. I am sorry, but I don't know what it is about her writing that I don't like, but I feel like I haven't met a Lauren Oliver book I have liked. I didn't like Panic and frankly, Delirium wasn't much better. I got through Delirium and borrowed Pandemonium and Requiem from the library, but I just could not bring myself to read them and ended up returning them early and unread.









1. Blackout by Robison Wells

This might be the one of the most painful books I have ever read. It was too long, there were too many 'main' characters and if I'm being honest, the 'intense cliffhanger ending' did not make me want to get the next book.














And that is it! See you next week for another top 5 Wednesdays!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TBR Tuesday - Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday, where I share the book I am currently and the book I want to pick up next.

About about 2 1/2 weeks ago, I picked up Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern. Basically, it is about a girl who is depressed and is sent to a mental hospital.

I was a little weary picking this up, there have been some controversy surrounding Julie Halpern. Basically, she wasn't too pleased with a few negative reviews, and got a little angry and said some mean things. A lot of people have boycotted her books, but I already owned it so I figured I would give it a shot.

I did find it difficult at first to separate the negativity surrounding the author from the book, so I put it down. I don't usually do that.

I recently picked it back up again and I have to say I am enjoying it. Its not my favourite but it is still quite good.

After I finish this Get Well Soon, I plan on picking up Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

That's it for this weeks TBR Tuesday! See you next week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Instagram Giveaway - Win a $15 Credit to the Book Depository!

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share that yesterday I hit 200 followers on Instagram! Now I know that that might not seem like a lot for some people, but I am so excited! I never dreamed of having 20 followers, let alone 200!

In honour of reaching this milestone, I have decided to host a giveaway for a $15 (CDN) credit to the Book Depository. If you win, you can choose as many books as you want, as long as the total does not exceed $15 CDN. 

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Official Giveaway Rules 

1. Must be following @ryleyreads on Instagram.
2. Repost the giveaway pic ONCE per account to be entered. You can only enter once or you will be disqualified 
3. Use the hashtag #ryleyreadsgiveaway 
4. This giveaway is open to where ever the Book Depository ships to. Please ensure they will ship to your location before entering. You can check their locations here.
5. If your account is private, or you are a giveaway account (you only post to enter giveaways) you will be disqualified. I cannot see those who enter with a private account 
6. The giveaway will run from Sunday September 7, 2014 until Sunday September 28, 2014 
7. You must be the age of majority or have a parent/guardians permission before entering, because if you win, I will need you mailing address 
8. One winner will be announced on Sept 28 at approximately 1pm MST, I will be using random.org to pick the winner. 

Thanks again everyone for the support and good luck!


Monday Reviews - Ignite by Lily Paradis

Hello everyone!

So sorry I have been on a bit of a hiatus lately, with my last year of high school starting up, I haven't had a ton of time to blog, however, I am planning on getting back on track on the weekends, and maybe writing a few posts in advance.

Anyways, let's get to the review!

Recently, I received an free e-ARC of Ignite by Lily Paradis from the author/publisher to read and give an honest review. Let me just say that I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this book because it was a spectacular debut novel.

I feel like there just aren't enough positive adjectives to adequately describe this book. It was a stunning and beautiful debut that I plan on purchasing in physical form to add to my library, because it is just that amazing.

Ok, before I get too ahead of myself here, here is the synopsis.


After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine. 

Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she's always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life? 

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?





Does that not sound like a stunning premise? I think what I loved most about this book is that is was so different. Her father was a miner, and passed away in a mining accident. How many books have you read recently that had a miner? Other than The Hunger Games? Exactly! The father could have been an accountant or something, and died in a car crash, but how interesting is that? Plus, the mine thing kind of is important a little later on.

I seriously could not put this book down. There were so many unexpected twists and turns, and the characters were so realistic. The amount of heartbreak and sorrow these characters had gone through in their lives was so immense, but they still got through it.

I gave Lily Paradis' debut novel Ignite a 5/5 stars on Goodreads. I strongly recommend you pick it up and I cannot wait for more from this author!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Reviews - The Selection by Kiera Cass

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Before I get into my review, here is a quick synopsis of the book.


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Overall, I enjoyed this book. I thought it was better than most people made it out to be. I have seen a lot of negative reviews, and while I can see why they are there, it was still an entertaining read. People have said it is poorly written, and the main character is annoying and whiny, in fact, just looking on Goodreads, the first 5 reviews for it were all 1 stars. The data breakdown says that while only 2% of people rated it 1 star, that is still over 3,000 people!

I however, did enjoy it. I went into it knowing that there were going to be some Bachelor-type events and that America Singer may get on my nerves, but I just read through the hype and took it for what it is.

Was it literary perfection to be remembered for hundreds of years to come? No.
Was it an entertaining read that made me want to read the rest of the series? Yes.

In the end, I gave The Selection by Kiera Cass a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads and look forward to continuing the series.


August Wrap Up

Hello everyone!

I am here with my August wrap up! This month, I have been taking advantage of my library, so a lot of these books I got from there, others are mine. In total, I read 30 books! That was just a couple more then last month. Let's get started!



First, I read Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan. I really enjoyed this one, even though it is technically a children's book series, it was still entertaining and fun for anyone older.

Basically, it is about this boy named Percy who is sent away to boarding school to help protect him, but he gets kicked out again and lives with his mother. She decides to take a trip to Camp Halfblood, where he will be safer and he is ultimately accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt.

Brimming with Greek mythology, this was an entertaining, fast paced read that was fun and thrilling. I highly recommend you pick up this series, even if you are a little older than its intended children's audience. I gave Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.






Next, I read an ebook, because I was away from my books and I needed something to read. I picked up The Summer I Gave Up Boys by Kassandra Kush. This was a quick, 80-something page novella that I enjoyed.

The story follows a girl named Kaliyah, who, upon finding out her boyfriend was cheating on her, declares she will have a boy-free, drama-free summer. But then her old nemesis shows up, and he seems adamant on rekindling their friendship, or possibly more.

I enjoyed this story, it was a super quick read. You do, however, have to go into it knowing that at 87 pages, it is not going to be an amazingly developed story with flushed out characters. There just simply are not enough pages. Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed it.

I gave The Summer I Gave Up Boys by Kassandra Kush a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.





After that, I decided to pick up Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford. I thought that the premise of this book was good, just not well executed.

The ideas behind the story is that on New Year's Day, 15 year old Jeff is involuntarily committed to the psychiatric ward of the local hospital. The reason he ended up there, or why he tried to commit suicide isn't revealed until later on in the book, and frankly, I don't want to spoil anyone, but I felt like his reasons were not what I was expecting and once we found out, the author kept trying to stuff acceptance on the issue down our throats. I am not against anything like that, but I just felt like it was pushed too hard on the reader.

In the end, I gave Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.







After a slightly painful read, I decided to pick up The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I have to say, I was disappointed in this one. I don't know if its just because there was so much hype, but I just didn't really enjoy it.

I don't even think I could give this book a good summary, but there are Keepers who make sure the Histories (the dead) stay in the Archive.

I don't understand all the hype around this book. I just could not get into it. There were at least 4 occasions where I was reading it and was like I should put this down. But I didn't, I finished it and I have no desire in reading the sequel. I just had a hard time imagining some of the things happening and there was a semi love triangle that I just thought wasn't necessary. 

In the end, I gave The Archived by Victoria Schwab a 2/5 stars on Goodreads.






Next, I read Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Now, going into this book, I thought I was going to really like it, I had heard great things. But, I have read other Lauren Oliver before and wasn't impressed. Unfortunately, this was added to the category of Lauren Oliver I didn't like.

The concept was good, that love is a disease and you need to be cured of it. But ultimately, the writing just didn't do it for me, and although the ending was a cliffhanger, I have no desire to pick up the sequel.

I ended up giving Delirium by Lauren Oliver a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.











Next, I decided I wanted to read a contemporary and see if I just wasn't in the mood for dystopian/fantasy. So, I picked up The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle. Overall, this book was meh.

It follows this girl who is always trying to please her parents, and during senior year, she decides to make a change for her. There is a boy with a troubled past involved, and well, you can probably guess the rest.

Honestly, I had higher expectations for this book. It was slow, cliché, and just didn't do anything special for me. I gave The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle 3/5 stars on Goodreads.











After that, I read These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I really enjoyed this one. I had heard it was like Titanic in space, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I have never seen Titanic so I don't know how it compares in that sense, but overall it was very good.

The story follows Lilac and Tarver, as the luxury space liner they are on malfunctions. They get in the escape pods and end up on a strange planet neither of them know anything about.

I really liked this book, I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads, only taking a star away because it has a sequel, but isn't set up well for it. I did some further research and established that the next book is set in a similar setting, but with new characters. Basically, there is no Lilac and Tarver! Which would explain the lack of a cliffhanger ending.






Next, I picked up The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman. I honestly don't remember much about this book. I know there was a love story, but it wasn't a great one, and I frequently found myself bored throughout this book.

The story was about a girl and a boy who don't have a typical love story, but I felt like there was so much emphasis on the fact that it wasn't love at first sight, I had a hard time accepting their relationship. And really, you just had to look at the cover to see how things were going.

In the end, I just didn't care about the characters and gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads, which might actually be a little generous.










Next, I wanted something action packed. I picked up Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I quite enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and I felt like it had some deeper messages that are not usually touched on in YA.

The story follows a boy named Wade who lives in these RV stacks and the world is just falling apart. People use technology to escape and spend their days in the OASIS, a virtual world. When the multi-millionaire creator dies, a scavenger hunt is set forth, to solve the "game" and inherit the fortune.

I thought this was a pretty good book. I was born in the 90s so most of the 80s references just went right over my head, but I still enjoyed the story. I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.








Ok, brace yourselves for this next one, I read Harry Potter and the Philospoher's Stone by J.K. Rowling for the first time. That's right, I have never read any Harry Potter before.

Honestly, it wasn't terrible, I thought it was good. It was a fun and entertaining read, that had a similar feel to Percy Jackson being a childs book, with a boy who doesn't know what he is.

I don't know if I will be continuing on with the series, at least not right now. Maybe later on, if I can find it for cheap, but right now there are other books that  I want to read more.

I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads because while it was good, it wasn't great.






After I finished that, I went away on vacation and read the entire Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which consisted of Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx), Lux: Consequences (Opal and Origin) and Lux: Opposition (Opposition and Shadows: A Lux Novella). Overall, I loved this series. I would give it probably a 5/5 stars overall.

Basically, this series is about a girl named Kat who has just moved into a new town that is super small and weird things start happening. Eventually, she finds out that her super hot neighbours are aliens.

I am not usually into paranormal or alien books, but I loved this series. I definitely recommend you pick it up. The romance in this book was really good, and overall, I just thought that the series as a whole was really well done.







Next, I read More Than This by Patrick Ness. This book was eerie and confusing, but also beautiful.

It is one of those books that make you think. I was confused for a fair bit of the book, but I still enjoyed it. The writing was beautiful, but it still had a deep meaning.

One of my favourite quotes from this book is "know yourself and go in swinging" and I just love the meaning of this quote.

I would pick this up, it is definitely not a favourite, but is so beautifully strange it works. In the end, I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.










Next I read The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini. This is my second book by Vizzini and I thought it was alright.

I don't know about this book, I feel like I enjoyed it for the most part, but I didn't love it. I'm not big on the whole dungeons and dragons thing and I found some parts of the story lacking. The romance wasn't as good as I had hoped and I almost DNF multiple times.

Overall, good, but not great. I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.














Next, I read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This is the first in a trilogy and I really wanted to love this one, but I just had problems.

First, the narrator is illiterate so the book was written with words like "creacher" and "stayshun" which was annoying but I did eventually get used to it. It was suspenseful but some parts were hard to understand why things were happening and I couldn't really picture the world.

The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger but it didn't cause me to want to pick up the sequel right away.  Overall, I gave this book a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.











Next up, I read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and I loved this book! It was such a thrilling book that even someone who isn't big on fantasy could appreciate and really enjoy.

I was about 7 pages in when I realized that I was going to love this book, and I couldn't wait to read the whole series.

I gave Shadow and Bone a 5/5 stars on Goodreads, it as just that good!














After a fantasy book, I knew I wanted a lighter contemporary read, so I picked up The Statistical Probablitlity of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I thought this book was good, it was cutesy and lighthearted but at the same time deep and dark.

I felt like I could easily relate to Hadley and I enjoyed the story.

I gave TSPoLaFS by Jennifer E. Smith a 4/5 stars on Goodreads because while it was good, I didn't think it was anything super amazing.













Next I read The Disenchanments by Nina LaCour. I have never read anything by this author and I don't know if I will.

I felt like the premise was good, and the story had such great potential. I was good hoping for a fun, road trip book about the summer before college but what I got was a boring, and confusing story.

Overall, it wasn't a great book, and I gave it 3/5 stars on Goodreads.













After that, I read For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana PeterfreundThis book wasn't terrible but it wasn't good. I almost DNF multiple times, but eventually kept going. 

I thought the premise was good but I just felt like it drug on too long. I didn't really find it to be a good love story, and frankly it wasn't the best dystopian either. 

I am not familiar with Persuasion so I don't know how it compares to that story but overall, I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.













Next I read The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams ChimaI thought this was a good book, there was plot twists, and fairly well developed characters. It seemed to fly by, and wasn't super heavy on the world building or fantasy elements that are sometimes boring.

I found that I was surprised by this book, I didn't think I would enjoy it. I am not sure if I will continue on with the series, I have heard that it gets better though.













Next up, I read You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith. I felt likthis book had the potential to be so much better.

I just found that I really wasn't invested in the characters, we knew very little about them and the structure in which the story was told was a little confusing.

I liked the idea and concept but overall, it just didn't follow through. I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.















Next up, I read The Selection by Kiera Cass. have to admit, this was actually better than I thought. I didn't find America overly whiny or irritating like many people have said and frankly I enjoyed the story.

The characters weren't super special, but I did enjoy the storyline and the premise.

I did feel like something was missing however, so this book gets a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.














Next up, I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. OH MY GOSH! This book! This book had me on my toes the whole time.

I will say that I never really grasped the unreliable narrator concept. Does Mara imagine everything that happened? Or is she just imagine parts of events?

Regardless, this was a fast paced, thrilling read. I am a little weary of the ending but it was still shocking. I can only wait for the next book. I gave this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.











Next, I was contacted by the author to read The Kindness of Kings by Chelsea BallingerI thought this book was interesting, but some of the concepts were a little confusing. I had a hard time imagining the world, it is supposed to be a modern day society with kings and queens. I just kept picturing medieval times and then they were talking about modern technology and I just couldn't picture it.

I did enjoy the story and the characters though, I thought that the queen was a good character and the king seemed just so cruel at the beginning.

Overall, it wasn't a great story, but it was still good. I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.








Near the end of the month, I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorI'm not big on fantasy, so maybe that was my problem with this book. I thought it was good, it kept me guessing and there were plot twists, but ultimately I just couldn't picture what was going on.

And that has nothing to do with Laini Taylor's writing, it is written beautifully, but I just could not picture the creatures and I had a little bit of a difficult time understanding and picturing everything.

Overall, I gave it a 3/5 stars on Goodreads.











And finally, I finished off the month with The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black. I really enjoyed this book. There were so many plot twists!! I couldn't believe the last few chapters, so much happened.

In all honesty, I am not big on vampire books. This is my second or third vampire book and I really enjoyed it. I didn't see most of the twists coming and I thought it was very well written and well planned out. 

I am taking away a star because I just felt like the romance was a little lacking, but I guess this isn't a romance novel. Overall, a solid 4/5 stars on Goodreads.









Whew! That took longer than I expected! I read a ton of books this summer, and I can't believe it is already over.