Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Just A Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

Review: Just A Girl 
Author: Carrie Mesrobian
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by HarperCollins

After finishing Just A Girl all I can say is that it was, hmm, interesting. It was definitely attention-grabbing, if only because it was such a trainwreck. And I don't mean it in a bad way exactly, but not in a good one either. It's hard to explain why this book was not what I thought but I'll try.

First of all, I thought it was going to be about a girl who is just having fun with her life. But Rianne was not having fun, or it didn't seem to me she was. She pretended to be happy while all the time she was a big emotional mess. It was awful to witness.

Second, Rianne had a friend who was a big witch yet it literally made no difference to Rianne. I just don't get why Rianne would want to, and keep trying to, stay friends with a girl who is responsible for the whole school basically calling Rianne a slut. That's just wrong. That girl was a total bully and didn't deserve good friends like Rianne.

Third. The cheating. Need I say more? Rianne had a perfectly good boyfriend who was sort of clueless yes, and he didn't make her happy I give you that. So why not break up with him instead of pretending you love him in front of his family? That was so messed up I practically have shudders right now.

And finally, I have no real opposition against Russian guy Sergei, but my gosh, she knew nothing about him. They didn't even have that many conversations throughout. She even says she doesn't think it's love. Then I don't get why she would do what she did.

Honestly it was all much too messed up for me. I am certain that the author is alright and if she comes out with a book with characters I don't want to strangle I would most certainly give it a shot. Meanwhile I would advice you to read this one only if you don't have a problem with anything of what I mentioned above.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: The End Of Our Story by Meg Haston

Title: The End Of Our Story 
Author: Meg Haston
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by HarperTeen

Disclaimer: Hello friends. I decided that this book is basically this song in story form. So if you want, you can listen to it while reading my review. If you don't want that, please don't do it just because I said so. 

So, as I read the last chapter of The End Of Our Story I have mixed feelings. There isn't a single chapter in the book that didn't depress me. Seriously it was all an avalanche of sadness.

And yet. Yet I kind of liked it.

The writing was very lyrical and the character's background story was my favorite part. You know how I am a sucker for bestfriends turned something more, and this story had plenty of that.

Bridge and Wil had been each other's closest friends for a long time, they were even a couple at some point. But situation after situation have kept them apart for a year. A year where things unraveled into a huge mess.

Bridge and Wil were not perfect. In fact I was annoyed at both of them most of the time. They were flawed but they were real. I wouldn't do the same things they did if I were in their place but I understood where they were coming from. It was easy to, because they felt like very real, very confused teenagers. And who can judge them, honestly? There is not one of us who doesn't regret something they did at seventeen.

That led me to be okay with the story, after everything, I was okay. I accepted it and I actually think I enjoyed it. 

That's why I have no doubts in recommending this book. Give it a try. Especially if you love a different kind of romance, that might or might not be bittersweet. ;)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review. The Hundred Lives of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Title. The Hundred Lives of Lizzie Lovett 
Author. Chelsea Sedoti
Release Date. January 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks
Goodreads /  Amazon

Who would have thought I’d be reading a book about a girl suspecting another girl’s disappearance was because she turned into a werewolf?

I certainly didn’t expect it. Neither I think I knew what this book was about when I opened it. I wonder if that had changed things. Probably.

Because I am not a fan of fantasy. Or a fan of werewolves for the matter.

And yet.

Yet I pretty much read the whole book in two sittings. Because even though strange things started rolling—like Hawthorn, the narrator, convincing herself Lizzie Lovett a local girl who disappeared, turned into a werewolf—I not only chose to keep reading, I was in fact like..

Yes, really. And the strange things keep on piling up. Like Hawthorn somehow starting to live Lizzie’s life, getting her job and maybe even her boyfriend all while trying to solve a mystery that it seemed only she cared about.

I was appalled, worried, concerned for her sanity, but I was also very compelled. The story is weird and magical in a sense. Very different from what I am used to in Contemporary YA. And I loved it. I really truly did, it had that marvellous combination of an outcast opening her eyes to see the world around her for the first time, and experiencing heartbreak and love and fun and pain in the process. Pretty much what I seek in any contemp I read. 

If you are like that I suggest you give this book a chance too. It might surprised you in an awesome way like it did with me.

PS. I can never get over how cute Connor's nickname for Hawthorn is. Thorny. Thorny, Thorny, Thorny. Ow, my heart.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: Puck (A Twisted Lit Novel) by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Title: Puck (A Twisted Lit Novel) 
Author: Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Expected publication: November 15th 2016 by Doublet Press

I was very excited to jump into Puck, the new story on Amy and Kim Shakespeare retellings aka Twisted Lit series. I'm glad to inform that I wasn't disappointed.

Puck as you'd expect, is a really good heroine. She's had a tough life, and it has made her maybe a bit too cynical. But she was still likable, and it might have to do with her awesome sense of humor.

The story revolves around a group of misfits thrown into the wild mountains of Utah for a rehabilitation camp of sorts. As you could imagine, Puck was very wary of everyone, maybe I was a little bit too, but it took less than a quarter of the story for me to see so many good qualities in the group that I ended up loving every single one of those guys.

There is a twist in there that I don't think I saw coming even though in retrospective I think I should have. But that's the thing about this retellings, they are much than that you forget you already are supposed to know the story.

The only thing that semi-bothered me about it was that Puck's relationship with Paula, her foster mom, wasn't as explored as I would have liked. It would have been great to glimpse a little bit more about their relationship and how it grew to the state it is in now. Because it is quite refreshing (and hopeful) to meet a good foster mom. 

But all in all I really enjoyed the book. The parts where Puck was in the camp were all very entertaining and sometimes laugh out loud funny. Puck was a satisfying read after the long wait. :)