They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | ARC Review

Title: They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: September 5, 2017

Pages: 384

Format: eARC

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: death, suicidal thought/suicide

They Both Die at the End literally tells you the ending to the story yet you can’t help holding out hope that it’s somehow a trick or a lie. I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say this was me the entire story, but still crying at every turn anyway. The book centers around two boys who receive the alert that they will be dying within the next 24 hours. No one knows how or when, but no one can stop it either. While this can be a blessing for some people to say their final goodbyes and get things in order, how absolutely terrifying at the same time, right?

Rufus Emeterio and Mateo Torrez couldn’t be more different at the start of the novel. Rufus is almost fearless and seems ready to take his exit, while Mateo has been sheltered and led his life being afraid to take chances. When the two meet on the Last Friend app (an app bringing people together to spend their “End Days” with) a truly beautiful friendship blossoms. Rufus pushes live and take chances. Mateo helps Rufus make amends and become a person he’s finally happy with being. Both these boys are so complex you feel like you really know them. Seeing their connection become what it does was really special and organic. I am really happy with the outcome.

The only complaint I have with this book is that I wish it was somehow longer. I got invested with the random stranger POVs and would have liked to see the ending fleshed out a bit more. However, the ending (and last sentence) still gutted me and in a way was perfect. I don’t know how Adam Silvera comes up with these gut-wrenching stories, but he pulls on some major heartstrings. This novel was beautiful and truly makes you realize that you need to live your life to the absolute fullest. No more playing around. Take risks. Do something you’ve already been afraid to do. Life is way too short.

An eARC was provided in an exchange for review by the publisher and eldeweiss. All opinions are my own.

Paper Hearts by Ali Novak

Title: Paper Hearts

Author: Ali Novak

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Series: The Heartbreakers Chronicles #2

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 384

Release: July 4, 2017

-I’m sorry, – he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. -It’s just-I didn’t want you to think of me any differently.-

Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn’t accept that he was the person looking down at me.

-My real name is Alec.-

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she’s had the full weight of her mother’s expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he’d flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he’d turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity’s missing sister. And she’s about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be…

Now I don’t know if it really made a difference to read the first book or not (because I didn’t), but I didn’t care for this book much. It brings me pain to have to DNF this book. I remember reading her other book, the Walter boys and loving it (at the time) so I figured i would enjoy this book as well being that it’s supposed to be cute and fluffy, however what I got was a slow, dragged plot and no real substance.

Felicity is volunteering at a masquerade ball when she meets a cute guy who ends up being a member of one of her favorite bands. Dream come true right? Even better? He offers to drive her on a road trip to find her missing sister that she hasn’t seen in about four years. Now I can get behind this cliched plot, sure. But if the plot doesn’t give me something with more flavor it’s guaranteed I will lose interest. Fast. This is exactly what happened with Paper Hearts. I enjoyed Alec because he seemed so shy and sweet, but I just couldn’t get into the story enough to enjoy it more. Felicity was too worried about money and just seemed like a dud. When she finds missing letters from her sister under her mother’s bed she still insists that her mother wouldn’t hide letters from her! Sweetie, the evidence is right there. How did they get there then?

As for her friends, Boomer and Asha, I couldn’t even tell you anything redeeming about them. Boomer is a 17 year old boy who sat around playing pokemon the whole time and Asha just fangirled over Alec to the point of embarrassment. I know these are teens, but I think maybe I am just over these types of stories because I couldn’t help being annoyed? In fact, I was disappointed when Asha and Boomer invited themselves to go on the road trip with Felicity and Alec. I would have much rather have it just be the two of them so I could have felt more attachment to them. However, I was bored.

Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I know many others will probably like it, especially those who liked the first book. However, either I wasn’t in the right mood for this type of book or I am just not the intended audience anymore. 
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag | 2017

Wow I cannot believe it’s already time for the Mid-Year Freak Out tag! I have already completed my Goodreads reading challenge and I am feeling pretty good about myself right now!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but decided to do it anyway. Also I have no idea who created this tag so if you know, please feel free to let me know so I can tag them!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ IN 2017 SO FAR

Right now I am going with WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon. If you haven’t read this book, please do so immediately. It is the perfect rom-com for summer reading. It’s so cute and filled with the most adorable two nerds ❤

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

I could not pick up any other book besides LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare. This was one of the most amazing sequels I’ve read since ACOMAF. It is quite the roller coaster though. So be prepared for some major heart-stopping moments!

NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

I am so sad I haven’t gotten to read this yet! I am such Hamiltrash and I was anticipating this release for so long! What makes matters worse is I don’t even own it yet! 😥

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR 

    

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I know. No one is as shocked as I. However, I think ACOMAF was so perfect that I just had too high expectations. There was so much war plotting and scheming that it just got lost for me. Rhys wasn’t the same snark High Lord that stole my heart because he just bent to Feyre’s every whim. Plus there are all those issues that SJM included surrounding the LGBT+ rep. I acknowledge the problematic material and I think it just rubbed me the wrong way even if I still somewhat enjoyed the book. But as a finale, not so much. I know that SJM is planning the spinoff books so that let the ending too open ended. But I can’t wait to read the next books! I hope one of them is about my bby Tarquin!!

BIGGEST SURPRISE

I am going with WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY by Ines Vieira. I am surprised how much I fell in love with this book and Isaac and Cassie! The story really tugged at my heartstrings and made me feel so badly for Isaac! Plus, Cassie’s brother Nicky???? Ines has made me fall completely in love with one single character in less than a few pages. I don’t know how she did it, but she did. I can’t wait for his story!

If you haven’t read this book, do it!

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

Definitely Adam Silvera aka the only author who has made me cry at page 1. His writing is so special. His stories are so special. He is now one of my all time favorite authors. I will read literally anything he writes from now on.

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH 

Oh lord so many!!! I’ll just make a list for this one because there is literally too many to find fanart for lmao.

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  • Nicky Mackenize from WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY by Ines Vieira | Now we don’t really see a lot of Nicky in this book, but it was enough to get me completely in love with him! I can’t wait to read more about him and see him in his own novel! Ines is going to make me the happiest when I finally get some more Nicky ❤
  • Paul Markov from THE FIREBIRD TRILOGY by Claudia Gray
  • Stiles Stilinski from Teen Wolf (I know this isn’t book related. Shh I love him)
  • Azriel from ACOTAR (he is my mate. it’s true) | okay i’ve always loved him but now I am obsessed and I am fully convinced that he is my mate. if you’ve read ACOTAR you know what I mean *nudge nudge*

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Dante Quintana from ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz. He is a precious cupcake and I love him to bits.

I don’t know the artist or else I would have tagged.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

THIS BOOK IS SO EMOTIONAL! I dare you to read it and not cry!

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

This is my favorite book. I’ve already read it 4 times because whenever i’m sad I want to be back with Simon and Blue.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR (OR RECEIVED)

LOOK AT IT!! That cover is so gorgeous! ❤ ❤ ❤

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR 2016?

    

It’s been a year since I’ve read Drums of Autumn 😦 I don’t know if I want to continue reading Outlander, but I figured I better just read book 5 and decide.


Well there you have it! I can’t believe I actually did a post for my blog! I am so proud of myself!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS IN 2017 SO FAR?

until next time xxoo

My Roommate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes | ARC Review

Title: My Roommate’s Girl

Author: Julianna Keyes

Publisher: self-published

Release: June 12, 2017

Pages: 287

Format: eARC

The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.

When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.

Then I saw Aster.

Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.

So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.

But you know what they say.

Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.

MY ROOMMATE’S GIRL is a steamy, not-what-I-expected novel that I wanted to love, but just fell a little under impressive. The main character is Aidan, who received a second chance at like when a judge issued him to go to college instead of jail, swears he is done stealing what doesn’t belong to him. When Aidan moves in with his new roommate Jerry and meets his girlfriend Aster, all bets are off.

Aidan, at times likable, is a total douche. He does something so unthinkable and unacceptable to get Aster because “he wanted her” just did it for me. I don’t really care for his backstory or any redeeming qualities he might have had because of what he did to Jerry and Aster. Yes, he befriends Aster and is actually a really nice friend to her and I loved their banter at times, but the connection just wasn’t there for me. Speaking of Aster, she was such a jerk in the first couple of chapters too. When her POV is surprisingly introduced, I was taken aback. I didn’t expect the story to be headed that way and while it should have made me feel sorry for her troubled childhood/life, all it did was make me hate her too. She was so fake that I just didn’t trust her anymore either. When Aidan was trying to be nice to her and she was being nothing but closed off and then magically flipped a switch to be pleasant and polite? Nope. I don’t trust her and Aidan at all and if I dislike both main POV characters… what’s the point?

I had to stop reading at 66% because it feels like we already hit our conflict and I just don’t have the energy to read another 36% about nothing. I wanted to like this book because it seemed angsty and steamy, but it fell too hard.

I do like that Aidan didn’t seduce Aster while she was with Jerry and made her cheat though. That’s why I thought would happen and I was already hesitant about this book so that was a little better, but then again…what Aidan did? Nope.

The writing was fine and it was easy to fall into the story and it pains me that I didn’t like it better.

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger ARC Review

Title: Follow Me Back

Author:  A.V. Geiger

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release date: June 6, 2017

Series: Follow Me Back #1

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Mystery

 

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire, AV Geiger, and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy inchange for an unbiased review.

I am having the hardest time thinking of what I want to rate Follow Me Back and I have no idea why. While the book was fast and easy to read it was also not what I expected. I expected this book to told in more tweets, dms and such. I actually thought it would be a bit like Illuminae. This is what intrigued me, but I was a bit disappointed? I just wish there was more I guess because I have fallen in love with mixed formats.

Tessa is described as a shy, innocent fangirl obsessing over Eric Thorn. Because she is agoraphobic, Tessa spends every minute in her bedroom on Twitter in the Eric Thorn fandom. She recently got a bunch of new followers after she started writing her own fanfic that went viral under the hashtag #EricThornObsessed. I really liked Tessa and enjoyed seeing her try to go through many of her coping strategies to try to beat her agoraphobia and what caused this (something that happened in New Orleans that we don’t find out until the very end). I was looking forward to reading about a character that has agoraphobia, but I do not believe this was portrayed very well. At all. She seems to have just “gotten over it” in the end and while the author seems to try to explain this, I didn’t buy it. It almost seemed a bit too “Everything Everything” to me. If you’ve read that book, you’ll understand why.

On the other hand, I loved Eric Thorn! I felt so bad for his fears and his sadness. He is living his dream and it wasn’t all it cracked up to be. He felt so alone and trapped. His POV chapters were definitely some of my favorite parts because I felt more connected to him.

As for the story itself? A little predictable. I don’t even know what to make of the ending because it feels like the last 5 pages or so should not have been included at all. If the book ended before the additional police transcripts I think I would have thought it was a cute fluff piece, but the ending kind of ruined it for me. It feels like it was added for shock value to get readers interested in reading a sequel (which I didn’t know existed until I checked the Goodreads page) and it didn’t get that result from me.

Follow Me Back was fast, easy, and quite addictive to read. I definitely couldn’t put my Kindle down until I devoured the entire book! I recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick read! Especially after a book that has left you in a book hangover 😉

I am settling on 3 stars because I still enjoyed it, but the ending is messing me up lol