By Your Side by Kasie West

Title: By Your Side

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: January 31, 2017

Pages: 352

 

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Kasie West is my go-to contemporary author because I know I’m guaranteed some fluff. When I saw the synops for By Your Side I couldn’t be more excited. Trapped in a library? Dream come true! However, this fell so flat for me. It was cute, but very dull. There was no development and I couldn’t get attached to the characters. Easy to do when the two MCs keep reminding us they “didn’t want attachments” just “distractions” which we both know was going to be a bunch of bs. Though I felt for Dax’s situation and thought he was cute, I wish he was fleshed out more. I wish the whole story was fleshed out more.

What I really, really wanted to see was more of Dax and Dax’s growing friendship/relationship. I felt like everything went by so fast! They were stuck in the library for a few days and then hung out a couple times afterwards. Though everything was still pretty cute and made it clear Dax was perfect for her, I didn’t get that attachment. Maybe because Autumn was too focused on Jeff (and I really didn’t care about Jess, at all).

I enjoy Kasie West’s stories and writing, but this was a bit weak ): it was still fun to read though! And the ending was still very cute so there’s that!

Read when you’re in a slump! 😀

Get it Together, Delilah by Erin Gough

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Title: Get it Together, Delilah

Author: Erin Gough

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Pages: 336

 

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A story about falling in love, literally.

Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn’t have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it’s working fine. Her dad is on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, so Del’s managing the family café in his absence. Easy, she thinks. But what about:
– homework and the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell
– or how one of Del’s best friends won’t stop guilt-tripping her
– and her other best friend is so in love with his tutor he might go to jail for her if Del doesn’t do something

But who cares about any of that really, because above all else, she can’t stop thinking about beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street until one day Rosa comes in the café door . . .

And if Rosa starts thinking about Del, too, then how in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?

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Thank you to the publish and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of an unbiased review.

This book was very difficult for me to rate. I didn’t know exactly how I felt while reading it because I just wanted a bit more? The characters weren’t very appealing, the plot was a little dull, and the romance didn’t give me any fluff. I expected some cute fluff.

My main issue is with the main character Delilah, she was so selfish and whiny. She was obsessed over the Flamenco dancer that she watches every night dancing, but doesn’t really interact with much? In fact, they don’t start seriously interacting until way over half of the book. I just didn’t find their romance to be believable. Or plausible. Delilah made some very bad decisions when it came to running the café for her father. Which brings me to another complaint. What father leaves his seventeen in charge of his café while he goes gallivanting in another country? This leaves Delilah with all the pressure of running this business while it’s slowly going downhill. Plus she has to deal with school. Another bad decision. I just could not symphasize what she was going through when she was constantly making bad decisions and being so prickly to those who clearly care about her. In fact, the only character I really enjoyed was Charlie, Delilah’s best friend. He was such a great friend to her and I really enjoyed their friendship.

The plot was bland and didn’t quite hold my attention. Delilah tries to pick up business for The Flywheel (the café) and this takes up the entire plot. In fact, I thought it was a bit weird that this book is blurbed about Delilah “getting it together” when it clearly should have been named after the café because that’s where we spend most of the time anyway when I found out this book was already released under the name The Flywheel. That made a bit more sense to me then.

I don’t know. I just didn’t like it. I was very angry at Delilah at her reaction over Rosa’s feelings and I didn’t even care if they ended up together or not. I liked that Delilah was so comfortable and self-assured about who she was and her sexuality, but she couldn’t force others to feel the same way? Also, really appreciated the way Gough dealt with homophobia and bullying.

Like I said, I am confused. I am disappointed. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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Dream Loot Crate: Beauty and the Beast

Hello lovelies! Today I have something fun to share with you guys. Loot Crate was looking for new people to come up with their “Dream Crate” and I couldn’t pass this opportunity up! if you didn’t know, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends you a crate full of geeky awesomeness right to your door (just like Owlcrate or Fairyloot minus the books).  I am sure you guys are completely unsurprised that I chose Beauty and the Beast, right? If you’ve been following me for a while you know Belle and BATB is my favorite Disney movie ever and with the new movie just released…what a perfect time to share my dream of everything BATB!

So without further ado, if this showed up in my mailbow….instant fangirl mode!

Sidenote:  I am pretty sure this has already been done by some other crate service, or something, but hey this is my “dream” and what I would love! 

Be Our Guest candle from In the Wick of Time. 

  

Belle Funko Pop

Beauty and the Beast pillow (absolutely gorgeous!!!) from Evie Seo

 

Can’t forget these adorably cute magnetic bookmarks from Read and Wonder. Make reading fun while the princess discovers Prince Charming in chapter 3.

Beautiful Belle art print by Megan Lara

and lastly, a tote to keep all my books together while I find adventure in the great wide somewhere by Risa Rodil

Click the picture to find store 🙂

What is your dream crate? what would be included? or what fandom would you choose? please feel free to create your own dream loot crate and tag your post in the comments so i can see it!

until next time,

Mini Reviews: A Conjuring of Light, Love & Gelato, The Hate U Give

Hi guys! So I am trying something new. I haven’t really been motivated to write many reviews lately (aside from eARCs that I receive) so I decided that maybe writing “mini reviews” will get me back in the swing of things. I have been reading some pretty great books and this might be an easy way to still put my thoughts out there while not overwhelming me with lengthy reviews.

So for my first edition of my mini reviews segmentA Conjuring of Light, Love & Gelato, and The Hate U Give

Title: A Conjuring of Light

Author: VE Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic #3

Recommendation: Read the entire series if you haven’t and this immediately!

THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK, GUYS! Blew. Me. Away. It was such a huge book filled with so much action and adventure I cannot believe it was the last in the series. I am still in mourning that this series is actually over. I have fallen in love with these characters and they hold such a special place in my heart. The trilogy could not have ended more perfect.

The first couple parts of the book were so intense and action packed, then it slowed down a bit and I lost momentum to rapid read. However, everything still flowed together so wonderfully and you really just sink yourself into the story.Especially when everyone hops on board a ship! Yay pirate adventures!

My favorite parts were definitely Rhy Alucard. I seriously love these two so much! They are filled with so much angst I can’t deal. Especially the ending? Oh my gods ❤ 😀

Honestly, you have to read this ASAP if you haven’t already. It’s such a great conclusion and I am super happy with everything. Even the one part with one particular thing that made me cry my eyes out 😥 was still perfect.

Basically this was me the entire time reading:


Title: Love & Gelato

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Recommendation: Read if you want a fast contemporary

I picked this book up on a whim because the cover was so cute. Yes, I couldn’t help it. This was a cover buy and I am not ashamed because it ended up being pretty cute. I expected a bit more adventures, but overall it was entertaining. I had a few issues with it though which I will touch on and the romance wasn’t really what I expected, but I can still appreciate the fluff.

First of all, our main character. Oh my god she was so ridiculous sometime it hurt to be in her head. She was a bit annoying and some of her decisions really bothered me, but she is a teen girl who just lost her mother and now has to live with a man who she just met and is her father. Wouldn’t you be a little hesitant and slow to warm? Yes, I know I would. However, my problems were with how she handled things with Ren! She completely shot him down and said she “never ever ever thought of him like that” and then wonders why the heck he’s upset? But she thought he kind of, maybe was starting to like her? Like seriously girl? Are you that dense? She kept stressing about this for a good few chapters and she was annoying the heck out of me. Thank goodness she got her head screwed on straight! Because that ending? Adorable. I couldn’t be happier!

My favorite part of the book though was Howard. Lina meets Howard after her mother dies and asked her to spend the summer in Italy with Howard and her grandmother reveals that he is actually her father. Howard and Lina had a very rocky start. They weren’t talking and it was so awkward for them to be around each other! I was so sad that Lina wouldn’t let him get close or take the time to get to know him, but everything worked out in the end. Howard was such a cupcake and I want him to adopt me too and feed me gelato 😉

Fast and fun read. Definitely appreciated after ACOL.


Tite: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Recommendation: READ IT IMMEDIATELY

 This is the best book I’ve read in 2017 and 2017 has just started. One of the most powerful, thought-provoking, beautiful, heartbreaking story I have read in a long time. Everyone needs to read this book— especially if you’re white.

Seriously, this is a YA take on Black Lives Matter and it is truly a must-read. You can’t just not read it. It’s essential. Within the first 20 pages I was already bawling my eyes out and I couldn’t even count how many more times it made me cry because it was that sad and that powerful.

One complaint I had though was the romance. This book by no means is centered on the romance and it’s just a side plot, but it felt so off. I didn’t feel any chemistry between Chris and Starr at all. Besides the fact that he wore Jordans and was “so fine” I have no idea why Starr even liked him. He was so bland. Everyone else was great though and I really liked Starr’s family and how close they were.

I am not going to say much else about this book because you just need to read it immediately.

Well that it’s so far! What do you think? Should I do more of these? I am really hoping this motivates me to get back into blogging so we’ll see! Until next time, thanks for reading!! ❤

February Wrap Up ’17

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February was a pretty good month for me. I read a few audio books, graphic novels, and eARCs. A pretty good mixture I’d say.

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  • Fangirl | 3 stars – This book was good, but the plot was too slow for me. It’s very much character driven but I kept zoning out a few times. Also I don’t remeber if I included this in my wrap up last month? I finished it at the beginning of February but I don’t remember.
  • Everything Leads to You | 4 stars – This book was all kinds of cute! I loved it.
  • Aristotle and Dante | 4 stars – I am glad I finally picked up this book! I am so in love with Ari and Dante!
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | 3 stars – After some thought I realized I had a few problems with this book and had to drop my rating to 3 stars. Though I still very much liked the story and the characters, there was too many stereotypes and offensive sentences. They bothered while reading and I failed to mention them in my review. I updated my review so if you’re interested, you can read it here.
  • The Bone Witch | DNF – I forgot to picture this book because I ended up having to DNF it. I didn’t finish this book because I was too confused and it was too slow to keep my interest. I am bummed. You can read my review here

The audio books

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  • City of Glass | 5 stars – reread and I loved it!
  • 13 Reasons Why | 2 stars – I didn’t like this book. I don’t even know why Hannah included Clay in her little tapes game. Oh well, I just wanted to read it before the tv show.
  • The Runaway Queen | 1 star – oof this was also a reread and I only listened to it because I don’t remember much about the bane chronicles. But listening through this I quickly remembered why I didn’t like this novella lol. It was just so boring. The novellas that included TID were my favorite and I should have just listened to those instead. But this was narrated by Athelstan from Vikings so I am not completely complaining 😉

The graphic novels

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Nimona | 4 stars – SO CUTE! I loved the story and the artwork!

Ms Marvel Vol 1 | 4 stars – OH MY GOD THIS WAS FANTASTIC!  I loved that Ms. Marvel is a Muslim teen and this it’s fantastic that she is included. I can’t wait to read more because I am ashamed how behind I am.

In Real Life | 3 stars – this was cute. I enjoyed the artwork but I felt like the plot was a little flat. The ending was too quickly resolved. Which I guess is okay considering it;s a graphic novel but I don’t know. Still entertaining though.

the Poetry

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I absolutely loved the little doodles that went with some poems and thought they added a special touch. However, some poems didn’t really scream original to me. Some were just a small sentence of things that I’ve seen quotes twitters tweet over and over. But I still really liked this poetry collection and can’t wait to read more.

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Well there you have it. What was your favorite book in feb? have you read any of these books before? lets discuss xxoo