Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TBR Tuesday - November 24

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! There are a few more books this week, quite a few sequels, so enjoy!

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

I was able to read an e-ARC of this book, and I posted my review last week, you can read that review here! While I didn't love this book, I think some people will relate to it, and there are many issues touched on in this book that are very important today.

Queen by Aimee Carter
Book three in The Blackcoat Rebellion, this is a series I am not too familiar with. I have heard good things about it though, and if you are interested, I would definitely check it out!

Promises I Made by Michelle Zink
I haven't read this series, but the first book intrigued me. I haven't heard much about either of these books, but the Goodreads reviews are pretty decent.

Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin
Yet another sequel, this is the second book in the Wicked Games series? Duology? I don't know. Book one has better reviews than this one so far, but who knows?

Light of Day by Allison van Diepen

Okay, this one I did know about! I'm currently reading the companion to this book, On the Edge and while I'm not very far into it, I am really enjoying it! This book seems to deal with some interesting issues of today's life. I'm definitely going to be picking this one up soon!

Well, that's it for today! See you next week!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TBR Tuesday - November 17

Hello everyone!

I'm back with another TBR Tuesday! Get your Goodreads out and add these books! While there's not a ton of new books this week, but hopefully there are some that you are interested in!


The Game of Lives by James Dashner: This is the third book in The Mortality Doctrine series by Dashner, and while I am only familiar with his popular The Maze Runner trilogy, I've heard good things about it! From the synopsis, it sounds like every gamers dream!


Calvin by Martine Leavitt: This book sounds so intriguing! I'm not super familiar with the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, but I am always up for a book about mental illness. This seems like an interesting twist on the usual schizophrenia novel, plus, it sound like it might involve a road trip? Its the best of both worlds!


Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler: After reading Dahlia's NA novel Last Will and Testament I am interested in hernia YA novel. The concept sounds a little familiar, but hopefully Dahlia's writing can make it work!

Alright friends, it looks like that is it for new releases this week, let me know if you know of any others in the comments below!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Reviews - Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern. Thanks again to Raincoast Books for providing me with an eARC for review. All opinions are my own.


While I really wanted to love this book, I didn't.

I felt like the story was a little too slow and I didn't really connect with the characters. Rose was whiny and she was always changing her mind. She wanted to know, she didn't want to know. She wanted to do ballet, she didn't want to do ballet. And I get it. Sometimes you change your mind. But I just felt like she made a choice and then the next day regretted it.

I enjoyed the romance aspects of this book, but Caleb and Rose's relationship sometimes got so unnecessarily strained.

It is a diverse read, and boy does the author never let you forget it. It seemed like every issue between Caleb and Rose was racial including the severity of the illnesses faced. I enjoy with diverse characters, but between Lena and her white guy/Asian girl fetish and Caleb bringing up 3 million times the fact that he is African American, I was annoyed.

I also felt like the characters were always trying to one-up each other. "Oh, your mom has Huntington's? Well my mother AND sister's all have Sickle Cell Anemia." It was painful at times.

I don't know a lot about Huntington's so I can't speak to the accuracy of the depiction but I also know from the acknowledgments that the author doesn't know much personally and HD either, so that might play a role in her ability to portray it. I always find it interesting when authors write about an illness or something they don't have personal experience with.

This has been called the new TFiOS (which, by the way, don't even get me started on how just because it is a teen romance book, and their sick, doesn't make a book like TFiOS!), and honestly, if people are thinking that, than I need to reread TFiOS because I don't remember it being this painful.

Overall it was just ok. If you are ok with a whiny, floppy main character than you might like this but otherwise I wouldn't recommend it.


Monday Reviews - This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. Thanks to Raincoast Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange of an honest review, all opinions are my own.


This book was heart shattering.

I cannot even begin to fathom what it would feel like to be trapped in a gym with a shooter going after people.

In the wake of many shootings across the United States, this book will strike a chord with readers.

The story is told from 4 perspectives, one on the outside, three inside. It also includes blog posts and "live" tweets of the shooting.

I thought this was very well written, and at times, quite intense! I read it in two sittings, and I enjoyed the diversity of the story. The author herself is a member of We Need Diverse Books, and you can definitely tell. There are characters from many ethnicities and races, as well as sexual orientation throughout the book. This book also deals with issues such as alcoholism, sexual assault, abuse, and various other hard hitting topics.

I did find that while this was a harrowing story, it seemed a little, plain. The shooting was interrupted with backstory of the people to try and understand why the shooter is doing what he is, etc. I felt like the flow could have been better to keep readers on their toes. I also felt like the diversity throughout the story was a little too much, it seems like every character has their own "diversity." It just took away from the story.

I also felt like some of the "main characters" were not all that likeable, so it almost didn't matter how their life would turn out in the end, after the shooting.

I only gave it 4 stars because I felt like we didn't need all 4 perspectives to understand the story and I felt like the ending was a little rushed and over dramatic.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

TBR Tuesday - November 10

Hello everyone!

So I've decided to re-vamp my concept of TBR Tuesday. Instead of telling you what book I'm currently reading, I am going to be sharing all the new releases in YA for that week! So its books to add to your TBR... get it? Anyways, hopefully this will be a new and exciting way to talk about new books!

Without further adieu, the books coming out on November 10, 2015!
Winter by Marissa Meyer: This is the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles! I cannot wait for this book to come out, all 832 pages of it! If you haven't read this series yet, you need to!

Soundless by Richelle Mead: I haven't really read anything by Richelle Mead, I tried to read the first book in the Vampire Academy series but I just couldn't get into it that much and gave up 50 pages in. I don't know if I will be picking this one up but the reviews on Goodreads have been fairly decent, so if you are interested, you should definitely pick this one up!
For the Record by Charlotte Huang: I haven't heard anything about this book, or this author but it seems interesting. This is a debut novel, and the reviews on Goodreads have been pretty good, so if you like music, you should check it out!
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick: There have been a lot of mixed reviews for this authors previous books, and I personally haven't read any of her books, so I can't speak to her previous books, but this one looks promising, at least from the synopsis. The reviews on Goodreads do seem a little mixed so far with this one too, so I think I'll wait a little bit before I decide if I want to get it or not.
Consent by Nancy Ohlin: I'm not sure I love student-teacher romances, but this is one with a musical twist. The reviews on Goodreads are a little low, but it seems promising, plus the cover is gorgeous.

Ok, well I hope this was an interesting post, and a little bit better than the old format for TBR Tuesdays! See you next week!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Reviews - My Second Life by Faye Bird

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing My Second Life by Faye Bird. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book to review. All opinions are my own!

Overall, this was a good book. It just wasn't spectacular.

The concept of the book, being born again, and knowing it, is very intriguing, and if you add in a layer about in that first life, possibly committing a crime, and never really getting over that guilt, this book was very interesting.

I just found the more I read, the less intriguing the story became. The ending unravelled in a way that didn't really make a ton of sense to me, and I feel like a lot of the drama could have been avoided.

That being said, this was a very fast-paced story, I read it in one sitting of about 4 hours. It held my interest until the very end, even though I didn't love the ending.


If nothing else, this was a fast-paced, unique story about guilt and consequences.

Overall, I enjoyed it. If you are looking for a thriller that won't let go, and has just the smallest touch of mental illness, this is the book for you.