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.

  • Nicky Mackenize from WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY by Ines Vieira
  • 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

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 

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

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TCPcoverTitle: The Color Project

Author: Sierra Abrams

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: July 18, 2017

Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

Pages: 464

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Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

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This book blew me away. I don’t say that lightly. It literally blew me away. I am friends with the wonderful author, Sierra Abrams, and while I knew I was in for a wild ride of emotions I didn’t know what else to expect. I have to say…I got more than that. Sierra’s writing is vibrant, real, and often times poetic. I literally can’t say it enough. I am blown away.

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This book is so vulnerable and real. It’s so relatable that I can’t help, but see myself in it and I think that’s what makes the world of difference. The characters are real, they’re relatable, their pain and feelings are relatable. You see your family and yourself in these situations. So much so, that that’s what had me sobbing. The relationships between family and friends are closely knit and so wonderful. I absolutely fell in love with Bee’s entire family!

But, let’s talk about Bee for a second. Bee is a beauty. She shows doubt, her pain, her happiness, her guilt, and everything in between so wonderfully. She has fantastic inner dialogue that had me cracking up. Her thought process is just a prize. She’s sarcastic to the point of being funny and her banter with Levi is just so cute.

Speaking of Levi, how incredibly adorable is he?! I want Levi. I mean it, I need Levi right this second. I want him to take me to Peterson’s so we can enjoy some delicious donuts listening to music at midnight looking at the stars. Okay, maybe I don’t because he belongs with Bee, but a girl can dream! Levi is selfless, kind, total dreamboat and all around one of the best guys I’ve read about that is just good. Good inside and out. ❤

giphy-5Now while I didn’t really think this book wasn’t too big on the conflict I can kind of appreciate that. It was more character driven. It was about Bee’s journey with love and grieving. What Bee goes through I can only imagine the pain and heartbreak. I was sobbing from almost the very beginning because it hurt. But, the way Bee handles the situation made sense and I couldn’t fault her at all. The way her family stick together and they have such a strong foundation of love is inspiring.

Plus, the ending?! I couldn’t stop giggling because I was so gosh dang giddy! SO MANY FEELS!

I really don’t know how Sierra did it but she had me sobbing and smiling at the same exact time. She broke my heart but then gave me a comforting hug. I am in love with Levi and Bee and this book.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s everything I love in a contemporary and I have a feeling it will be for you too. Recommend 100x!

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It Started with Goodbye by Christina June | ARC Review

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Title: It Started with Goobye

Author: Christina June

Publisher: Blink

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Retelling

Release: May 9, 2017

Series: Standalone

Pages: 272

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Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

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*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for review. This is no way influenced my opinions.*

When I saw this on Netgalley I just had to “wish for it” immediately because I love contemporary retellings! It Started with Goodbye is a Cinderella retelling. Once you begin this book you can immediately start seeing the parallels. It’s actually quite fun making all the connections. Tatum has one stepsister ,Tilly, who isn’t “evil” but she is distant and they do not really get along. Her father is absent because he is away on business so this leaves her alone under the very close watchful eye of her stepmother, Belén. To help make sure Tatum is on the right track during the summer Belén brings her mother, Blanche “the fairy godmother”, a quirky abuela who seems to be the only one in Tate’s corner. Tatum starts her own freelance graphic design business online and quickly gets some new clients. One of them being, SK. SK! Tatum and the mysterious Sk begin a penpal-esque friendship and it is adorable. SK is adorable and exactly what Tate needs to show her she has more people in her life that are there for her.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was so much more than just a romance story (though I could have used a little more romance 😉 ). This book was surrounded by building friendships, new relationships, and mending familial relationships. It was very much family and friend centered and I appreciated that. Tatum needed some mending and this showed her maturity. She admitted when she was wrong and didn’t act out. She accepted responsibility for her actions (even though she didn’t do anything wrong in the first place) and paid her dues. I really respected her.

Now, the romance. Ah, you can quickly see who the mysterious SK would be right from the beginning, but who else he ended up being really surprised me. I loved the cute little surprise and the way he swept Tatum off her feet. I may or may not have swooned myself. Okay, I am lying I totally did.

While I wish there was a tad bit more romance, but I still loved how family oriented this book was. It was cute and just the right amount of fluff.

If you like modern retellings, definitely pick this one up!

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