Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Book Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

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Synopsis:

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.

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This is only my second Morgan Matson book and I loved it just as much as The Unexpected Everything. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is a cute summer book that was fun and quick to read. I think I read the whole book in one day because I just couldn’t put it down. I really loved all the characters in this book and I could really relate to Amy. I found Roger to be really funny and he and Amy had great chemistry.

I also really enjoyed how this novel was written. At first when I saw doodles I thought someone had drawn in the book because I got it from the library but then when I realized the text was written around the doodles I realized that was part of the book. I’m curious to know if Matson did those drawings herself or if an illustrator did that. Either way it was a cool touch, as was the receipts, playlists, and other features from their trip. It made me feel like I was on the trip with them and now I want to go on a road trip.

Now that I’ve read it I absolutely want to buy this book. I’m already thinking about scenes I’d love to read again. It was so good and the romance is well earned and doesn’t feel forced at all, which is one of my pet peeves. Matson is a phenomenal contemporary YA author and I can’t wait to read more of her books.

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.”

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'Point of Retreat' Blog Review

Book Review: Point of Retreat

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Synopsis:

Colleen Hoover entranced readers everywhere with her bestselling novel Slammed, the book that introduced Layken and Will, a young couple whose love overcame devastating hardships to emerge stronger and more resilient than before. Now, as Layken and Will’s emotion-packed story continues, a stunning and unforeseen revelation about Will’s past leaves them questioning everything that they thought they knew about each other. With the foundation of their relationship at risk, they must decide whether they are willing to fight for a future together, or to retreat back into solitude and heartache.

How far does Will have to go to prove to Layken his love for her will last forever? It will require something truly extraordinary to keep this couple together, and the decisions they make and the answers they find will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.

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Clearly I’m on a Colleen Hoover binge and I have no regrets. It’s been pretty hit or miss for me when it comes to Queen CoHo and unfortunately Point of Retreat is a miss for me. As much as I enjoyed Slammed I don’t think it needed a sequel and I don’t plan on reading the third one, although my need to finish series might make me read it.

There were definitely a lot of cute and funny moments in this book and I loved the addition of some new characters but I couldn’t get past the somewhat ridiculousness of Will having to prove his love to Layken. He definitely makes a few mistakes but I couldn’t understand why Layken didn’t trust him and how what honestly was kind of small thing turned into a really big fight.

Additionally, without spoiling it I’ll just say there’s a major event towards the end of the novel that I didn’t think was necessary. To me it just felt like Colleen just wanted another climatic event in the story so she added this in but there was really no need for it. At this point it just felt like Colleen just kept throwing curveballs at Layken and Will just to see what would happen or just to shock us. It was too much.

Overall, I still really liked Layken and Will’s relationship and chemistry, I just didn’t like the plot of this novel at all.

Stars:

3 stars

Favorite Line:

“Love is the most beautiful thing in the world. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the hardest things in the world to hold on to, and one of the easiest things to throw away.”

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'The Silence of Six' Book Review

Book Review: The Silence of Six

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Synopsis:

“WHAT IS THE SILENCE OF SIX, AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?”

These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming presidential debate at their high school.

Haunted by the unforgettable image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting for his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.

Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances and virtual identities–all the while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.

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*I received a free copy of this book from Adaptive Books. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel is now on sale.*

To be honest I don’t read a lot of sci-fi books but The Silence of Six sounded interesting to me and gave me Mr. Robot vibes. However, I think my lack of really any knowledge about hacking and only a basic understanding of computer programming made it difficult for me to get into this novel. There were a lot of things that the main character, Max, did that I didn’t understand and had to just take the book’s word for it, which made this book a little unbelievable to me. Again, I don’t really know a lot about hacking but it felt like at the start of this novel Max had a really hard time trying to decode the mystery his best friend, Evan left behind for him. However, towards the end of the novel it seemed like everything just resolved itself pretty easily.

Like I said I think a lot of this book went over my head so maybe I missed something but I expected something more climatic from the ending that I just didn’t get. Confusing plot points aside I really liked the characters, particularly DoubleThink. You’ll have to read the book to know more about their personality because I refuse to spoil it but I thought that character was really well done and surprised me. I also liked Max a lot. I didn’t swoon over him or anything but he didn’t bug me in any particular way either.

Overall, I feel indifferent about this novel. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. I just thought it was fine. I probably won’t reread it but I will read the sequel because I’m curious. Hopefully the next book is a bit more exciting.

Stars:

3 stars

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'Ugly Love' Blog Review

Book Review: Ugly Love

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Synopsis:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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This may just be my favorite Colleen Hoover book ever. I raced through this book because I loved it so much and then after I was done I immediately wanted to reread it. Miles and Tate’s chemistry is absolutely amazing, and I must say this is probably CoHo’s sexiest book besides Too Late, which is in it’s own category. Seriously though Miles and Tate together was so steamy but that’s not what made me love this book. It’s the way it’s written that I found incredible.

As with the majority of CoHo’s books Ugly Love is written in alternating point of views between Tate and Miles, except Miles’ POV takes place in the past. While Tate and Miles “relationship” develops we also learn about Miles’ past and it’s written kind of like poetry and it’s beautiful. I love Miles. He’s climbed his way to the top of my book boyfriends list and I felt for him so much in this book. Similarly, I also felt for Tate who wanted to know about the past that only we, the reader, were getting. It was heartbreaking.

Colleen did an amazing job with this novel. The plot was so perfectly woven together and tugged at my heartstrings the whole way through. I teared up, I laughed, and I was frustrated. I loved all the characters, including Tate’s overprotective older brother, Corbin, and Miles’ best-friend, Ian, who I wish we saw more of. My favorite character was definitely Cap though. His words of wisdom were always spot on and I had to make a note in my iPhone for all the great quotes in this novel.

If you haven’t read this book yet please do so immediately. You will not regret it. I promise!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.”

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'It Ends With Us' Review

Book Review: It Ends With Us

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Synopsis:

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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I wanted to love this novel. Everyone told me I would love this novel. I was sure I would love this novel. I did not love this novel. That being said I think Colleen Hoover handled the subject matter really well and I could tell this was a very personal novel for her. Still, this is my second least favorite book I’ve read by her, followed closely by November 9.

The truth is my issues with this novel really comes from the fact that there was too much of Ryle (who hated) and not enough of Atlas (who loved). However, I don’t think Hoover could’ve written this book any other way to get her point across so I feel bad faulting her for this but it’s truly how I feel. I wanted to see way more of Atlas than what was given and that drove me crazy. I was not satisfied at all with how this book ended and I desperately wanted more than what I was given. Moreover, I really liked Lily but I didn’t really love her or any of the other characters in this book. I can’t even remember the name of Ryle’s sister (I checked, it’s Allysa) and her husband (Marshall) right now because they left no impression on me.

I’m not sure what I was expecting going into this novel. I guess I was expecting to cry like so many people said they did and that didn’t happen until I finished the book and read the note from Colleen, where she talked about how her mom inspired this novel. That brought me to tears but this novel did not. Again, I really wanted to love this book but for me this is definitely not a book I’ll be reading again. If you disagree feel free to tell me in the comments. I’d love to discuss this one.

Also, please note if you plan on reading this book it deals heavily with physical abuse so if that’s triggering for you please read this book with caution.

Stars:

3 stars

Favorite Line:

“In the future…if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again…fall in love with me.”

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ARC Review: Interference by Kay Honeyman

ARC Book Review: Interference 

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Synopsis:

As a Congressman’s daughter in Washington, D.C., Kate Hamilton is good at getting what she wants — what some people might call “interfering.” But when her family moves to West Texas so her dad can run in a special election, Kate encounters some difficulties that test all her political skills. None of her matchmaking efforts go according to plan. Her father’s campaign gets off to a rough start. A pro tip for moving to Texas: Don’t slam the star quarterback’s hand in a door. And whenever Kate messes up, the irritatingly right (and handsome) Hunter Price is there to witness it. But Kate has determination and a good heart, and with all her political savvy — and a little clever interference — she’ll figure out what it takes to make Red Dirt home.

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*I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this book from Arthur A. Levine at Book Con. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel will be released on September 27, 2016.*

I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen retellings so when I heard this was a retelling of Emma I knew I had to read this book. Kay Honeyman does an amazing job of putting her own twist on this classic romance and I absolutely loved it. Interference takes place in a small town in Texas and the main character Kate is a congressman’s daughter that thinks she knows it all. Just like Emma she tries to play matchmaker for her friends, while her new friend, Hunter, tries to tell her to stay out of everyone’s business. Naturally, Kate doesn’t listen.

Add in your typical high school hijinks, football games, and political campaigns and this book was a roller coaster of drama, laughs, and romance. I absolutely loved the characters in this book and Hunter gave me full on heart eyes. For anyone that doesn’t really like Emma because they find Emma annoying you will like Kate more than Emma. I found Kate to be very relatable and even though a lot of the time I would think, “Kate, no!” it was hilarious seeing her make so many mistakes.

If you’re looking for a cute and quick romance that will give you Friday Night Lights feels, you should definitely pick up Interference. You won’t regret it.

Stars:

5 stars

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Five Books That Actually Live Up To The Hype (Guest Post)

*This is a guest post written by Darian Duckworth and she runs her own book blog, The Novel Millennial, and a BookTube channel of the same name . If you would like to do a guest post for To Borrow or Buy, please email me at toborroworbuy@gmail.com*

If you’re anything like me, you tend to get turned off by really popular or hyped up books and series. But I’m here to tell you that there are actually some popular books that actually live up to the pedestal they’re put on. Proof: I didn’t read Harry Potter until a friend forced me to read Prisoner of Azkaban in the third grade. (PS: it’s still my favorite book in the series). Recently, I caved and picked up some seriously popular books that I was extremely turned off from because of their popularity. Here are five books that I think actually live up to their hype:

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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ACOTAR is a retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairytale. If you’re looking for a strong female protagonist, don’t let the fantasy genre of this series deter you. Even if you don’t typically like fantasy, ACOTAR has something for literally every reader. There’s adventure, fantasy, romance, and lots of action, especially towards the end.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Okay, if you don’t like fantasy then you probably don’t like sci-fi with cyborgs and all that jazz either. Well, here’s the series that’s going to change that. Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella but the similarities between the two stories are few and far between. There’s cyborgs, a different race that lives on the Moon called Lunars, and a plague threatening Earth. It’s pretty intense.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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You’re probably sitting there like “Who hasn’t read THG?” but I know y’all are out there. If you haven’t read this series, do it now! I can’t say that enough. The political atmosphere alone is enough to make this book live up to the hype. Pro Tip: The rest of the series is pretty good too, and Catching Fire is the best one.

4. It’s Not Okay by Andi Dorfman

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I’m not one for self help books and I’m definitely not one for self help books about breakups but I am a fan of all things The Bachelor. Andi Dorfman made waves on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and people were legitimately shocked when she and her fiancé called it quits nine months after the finale. It’s Not Okay is Dorfman’s raw and emotional journey at coping with the aftermath of that very public breakup and it is every bit worthy of you clicking “Buy Now” on Amazon.

5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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I hate poetry, mostly because it takes too much effort to interpret, usually. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is the exception to that first statement. The poems are raw and real and powerful and I damn near read the entire thing in the bookstore. I simply could not put it down!