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Apr 27, 2017

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli
Source: eARC provided for review.
My Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back. 
There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. 
Right?


*****

I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda last year and I loved it, but… I loved The Upside of Unrequited a lot more! I had a huge smile on my face almost through the whole book. It’s one of the cutest contemporaries I’ve ever read. It’s right next to Anna and the French Kiss… and that’s one of my fave books ever.

You know, I’m a not-thin-not-fat person, and I could relate to Molly so much! She describes exactly how, while you don’t hate your body, you think everyone is going to do it. It’s extremely hard to be that self-conscious around boys and Molly made me remember how that can stop you from falling in love. This is the first time I read a book that describes that so well and gives a strong and positive message about loving yourself as you are.
It also describes perfectly how sad it is knowing you’re drifting apart from someone you love.
UPSIDE is one of the most diverse books I’ve read. And I loved it! It takes place in the days previous and after to the day same sex marriage becomes legal in the whole country. And guys, the joy I read in those chapters brought tears to my eyes.

The Upside of Unrequited is not only a cute and light read. It’s positive about everything. Sex positive. Body Positive. Relationship Positive. A bunch-of-things positive! (I’m sorry; my English is not that good yet).
And the romance was the cutest thing ever! I’m not only talking about Molly and Reid! Cassie and Mina and Paty and Nadine. Their romances were pinterest worthy.
Overall, The Upside of Unrequited was a fun contemporary with a relevant topic and the cutest characters. It’s a must read!

PS: There are some SimonVS, cameos. I didn’t even notice right away, but OMG! 
 
 
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Apr 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins


 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

 What I'm waiting for...

 


Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.



 *****


Why am I waiting on this book? I haven't read any horror book ever. Only a few thrillers, but the mini synopsis of this book reminds me of the anime ANOTHER and since I loved it, I'm going to give this one a chance. I really hope I love it!

What about you?

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Apr 25, 2017

What's New? And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin


 
I'm not sure this book is for me, but I loved the title as soon as I saw it and I want to read more thrillers, so I guess I'll give it a chance. Also, if it's really for fans of Lauren Oliver and Neal Shusterman I'm sure I'll enjoy.
Check it out!

Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Dial Books

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

New York Times bestselling author Nancy Werlin returns to YA suspense with this page-turner mystery for fans of Lauren Oliver, Neal Shusterman, and Lois Duncan

Let s not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents
.

When a building collapses around five teenagers and they just barely escape they know something strange is going on. Little by little, the group pieces together a theory: Their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true? And if so, how did their parents come together and why? And, most importantly, how can the five of them work together to save themselves? With an unlikely group of heroes, sky-high stakes, and two budding romances, this gripping murder mystery will keep readers guessing until the last page.


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Apr 24, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Source: eARC provided for review
My Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


*****

I’ve tried to write about this book so many times, but I never found the right words to do so. It’s just that The Hate U Give was such an amazing and important and GOOD book. 
I think you all understand the importance of this book, but that wasn’t the only amazing thing about it.
The characters were unique and lovely and likable and so strong and honest. I didn’t dislike any of them; I think I liked even the ones I wasn’t supposed to like (except that racist friend we all hate).

The writing was past-paced and addictive. It got me on the edge of my seat. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The plot was well done, I loved that it wasn’t centered in hate, but in positivism and the importance of finding your voice to fight injustices.
And if this wasn’t enough, the romance is swoon-worthy. Starr and Chris were so cute together.
And I’m so here for a DeVante book!

The Hate U Give is masterpiece. Everyone must give a chance. Like I said, you won’t read only a book with a relevant message, but a beautiful romance, beautiful friendships and beautiful family dynamics.
You also have to be ready for the heartbreak. Some parts of this book are gut-wrenching and painful.
And it’s also hopeful.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I can’t recommend it enough. 


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Apr 21, 2017

Some Books Ago: Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber


Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!

I loved this book so much! To be honest, this is my personal Twilight. It's been a long, long time since I read it, it was, in fact, one of the first YA books I read. That's why it's hard to say that when the last one came out, I didn't love it cause I found it too childish and.... well, not for me anymore. But I still have great memories about Raven and Alexander and I still think this is a cute read for younger readers or if you're looking for a light and fun read. 

Vampire Kisses was published on August 5th 2005 by HarperTeen


 


Summary:

In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven, a vampire-crazed goth-girl is an outcast. But not for long...
The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people, especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires?
Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

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Apr 20, 2017

Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel

Lucky Girl 
by Amanda Maciel
Source: ARC provided for review
My Rating: 4 stars.
Summary:
Being a pretty girl is who Rosie is, but it’s the start of a new school year and she wants to be more. Namely, she’s determined to be better to her best friend, Maddie, who’s just back from a summer program abroad having totally blossomed into her own looks. Rosie isn’t thrilled when Maddie connects with a football player who Rosie was hooking up with—but if it makes her friend happy, she’s prepared to move on. Plus someone even more interesting has moved to town: Alex, who recently garnered public attention after he stopped a classmate from carrying out a shooting rampage at his old high school. Rosie is drawn to Alex in a way she’s never really experienced for a boy before—and she is surprised to discover that, unlike every other guy, he seems to see more to her than her beauty.
Then one night, in the midst of a devastating storm, Rosie suffers an assault that tears apart her life and friendship with Maddie. Forced to face uncomfortable truths about beauty, reputation, and what it really means to be a friend, Rosie realizes that change doesn’t always happen the way you want it to—every disaster has consequences. But with a lot of help and the right people around you, there might also be a way forward.


****

This was my first book by Amada Maciel, I was a bit sad that I never got to read Tease because many of my friends loved it. Just like Tease was an important book, Lucky Girl is, too. I wish I read a book like this when I was younger and I hope young readers have the chance to read it, too.
TW: Lucky Girl is a book about rape culture. If you have any triggers about rape, I’d suggest you keep this in mind.

I had a hard time connecting with Rose in the first pages of the book, because she was a little whiny and selfish. The first thing you know about her is that she’s jealous of her best friend because she returned home looking hot and finally learned how to flirt with guys.
I didn’t read the synopsis when I started it, so I was afraid she was going to be an unlikable and shallow main character until I started to understand.
Rosie is an honest and real character. She knows her own flaws and she’s trying to change, to be a better friend for Maddie. And later on, a better sister and a better person.

I think the most important thing in Lucky Girl is the message of self-worth and real friendships.
This book tackles hard topics such as near-rape experiences and slut shaming. It’s something you see in real life and it made me think of how we judge people when we don’t know them.
Personally, I don’t think I loved any character. I liked them all, yeah, but I don’t think the author put enough attention to their characters arcs.  I really liked Rosie’s sister and Ryan, though. I wish there were more scenes with them, but I’m content with what I got.
The writing was okay, too. Just not as good as I heard it’s Tease’s.
For me, the importance of Lucky Girl is the message it sends. It’s really empowering to read something that made me remember of my self-worth and how important is to overcome prejudice.

Overall, Lucky Girl is a good book with a deep message, but it didn’t shine among the other with similar topics. 


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Apr 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare



 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

 What I'm waiting for...

 


Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight.
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.



 *****


Why am I waiting on this book? I feel like I'm cheating here, because I haven't read the first book in this new series (I haven't even read THIS synopsis). But I love Cassie Clare and the shadowhunters, I mean, it's the reason why I'm a reader, and I will read Lady Midnight next week. So, I'm really excited for this book!

What about you?


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