Monday Reviews - True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Review, this week it is a contemporary called True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager.

As always, a synopsis:

Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round. However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically "unfriend" her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it. 

I thought this book was good, but nothing spectacular. The narrator of the story is a 13 year old girl and it was fairly obvious. Maybe that was why I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped to.

I found that Landry's problems were a little too childish for my liking. Keeping in mind I read this book in the midst of Colleen Hoover's Confess where the problems are a little more in depth than just getting ahead in a modelling competition and losing your grade 8 pals.

None of my gripes with the book have to do with the writing of the story or the author herself, I just feel like overall, it was a little too naive for my liking.

If I was a little younger, I would be able to appreciate it better, but in the end I gave it 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Thanks so much to the author for providing me a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

Monday Reviews - Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing a book I was send by the author herself; Broken Skies by Theresa Kay!

As always, a quick synopsis!

After the Collapse wiped out more than 90 percent of humanity, the aliens arrived. Known as the E’rikon, they sit within a shielded city, content to ignore the dwindling human settlements. Seventeen-year-old tomboy Jax Mitchell and her twin brother, Jace, are among the survivors, living within the community of Bridgelake.

When a terrified yet defiant Jax watches the E’rikon kidnap Jace, she decides to rescue him on her own. Wracked by crippling nightmares and panic attacks, Jax finds an ally in Lir, a handsome teenage E’rikon who was left behind by his ship. The two of them form an unlikely partnership, with Jax guiding Lir through human territory while the alien promises to sneak her into the E’rikon city. But as Jax’s connection with Lir intensifies, she discovers a shocking secret—one that could have catastrophic effects on humans and aliens alike.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! If you've been around for a while, you know that I haven't read a ton of paranormal YA, but I do enjoy it. The main storyline I have to compare this to is the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I loved that series. 

Similarity wise, these are two very different stories. Lux focused more on the romance side, and while there was still a romance in Broken Skies, it wasn't the main focus, which I liked.

The main character in this story, Jax, is definitely a kick butt character! She takes nothing from nobody and frankly, I loved her personality. Even when there was the opportunity for a budding relationship, she didn't let it stop her from her goal of saving her brother.

I found this book to be a little reminiscent of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, the survival/travelling aspect mainly. There is also another similarity, but that is a major spoiler, so I'm not even going to talk about it.

A few things I hope are worked on in the other books in the trilogy;

  • I didn't really get what caused the "Collapse," I may have missed it or can't remember it now, but I felt like it was made out to be this huge deal, on why the aliens are there, it wasn't really explained
  • Why are the aliens there? This is fairly similar to my first point, but it was never mentioned what there purpose was. There was a mention of some health issues, maybe that was it.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and read it in less than a day. I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads!

You can also enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a copy for yourself! Enter here

Monday Reviews - Confess by Colleen Hoover

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Confess by Colleen Hoover!

As always, a quick synopsis of the book:

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Okay, so just to be clear, I absolutely adored this book! It is my 9th Colleen Hoover book, and I am here to tell you, she did not disappoint with this one! I loved how the storyline came together, and how the struggles the characters went through were so real. 

Throughout the novel, there are paintings that are inspired by anonymous confession left at the studio. I loved the paintings and what they added to the story, I felt like they really helped bring the story and the characters together.

Character wise, my heart broke for Auburn so many times, and Owen was so amazing despite his family issues. On the other hand, I absolutely hated Trey and I really wasn't the biggest fan of Lydia, especially when it came to AJ. 

While I really enjoyed this story, I feel like there could be more to it. Maybe another novel? Or a novella? I just feel like Trey wouldn't let things happen like that and he would fight back a little more. Plus I also want to see a "10 years later" or something!

Overall, I loved this novel and I highy recommend it! If you haven't read CoHo, what are you doing with your life?!? I gave this one 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Monday Reviews - The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.

As always, lets start with the synposis!

730. That's how many days I've been trapped.
18. That's how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible...

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister...

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She's about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window...

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

I thought this was a very interesting novel. I wasn't sure what to expect from it. Although it was technically a contemporary, it wasn't one of those fluffy, romantic contemporaries. I will warn you though, it is NOT A DYSTOPIAN. I feel like reading a lot of Goodreads reviews, people were disappointed because they thought it was something it isn't.

I think if I was to describe this book in one word, it would be epic.

From the moment I picked it up to the last page, I was hooked. The story was captivating and just so riveting. 

Although I guess fairly early on who Jin's sister was, it didn't take away from the story. The three main characters' stories wove together so beautifully. 

This story was gritty and scary, but also hopeful and touching. I think that it appeals to many, and it definitely left its mark on me.

Highly recommend, 4/5 stars on Goodreads!