Book Review: P.S. I Like You

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Synopsis:

While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters — sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

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Review

I am such a Kasie West fan now. I want to read all her books. They’re so good!

P.S. I Like You was the perfect romance novel and I wish I owned it so I could read it again. The story is told from Lily’s point of view and although I loved her I also liked that she had flaws. She knows how to hold a grudge and sometimes misjudges people but always apologizes when she realizes she’s made a mistake. Besides Lily though, I also really liked her family and her best friend, Isabel.

Although the person who Lily was writing the letters to was pretty obvious to me I was still really happy with the romance of this novel. Lily figures it out about half way through the novel and I like how that wasn’t the end of the story. It was kind of just the beginning actually. Lily was forced to come to terms with the fact that her letter writer wasn’t who she hoped it was but also that there’s more to some people than meets the eye.

I really liked the relationship between Lily and the letter writer and he was absolutely swoon-worthy to me. I also like that just because Lily liked the person in the letter she didn’t just automatically decide she was in love with him when she found out who it was. She had to grapple with her feelings and figure out how she felt about the whole situation. I also liked that there were other small conflicts in the story that didn’t take away from the romance but added to the main plot as well.

Overall, this is definitely a buy and I can’t wait to get it after my book buying ban is lifted. I’m literally counting the days because I plan on rereading it as soon as I get it. Definitely give this book a chance if you haven’t already.

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“P.S. I like you. A lot.”

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Book Review: Fly

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Synopsis:

Meet Colton Wade, FMX rider…

I’m just a small town guy who caught a lucky break. Now I’m living the dream, on the brink of high-flying super-stardom. But something’s missing.

That something is Taylor.

She’s my best friend. The one who makes me want to push harder and higher. The one I fall back on when shit gets tough. The one I’d give it all up for.

I’d do anything to protect her. To make her dreams come true too.

But a single night changes everything.

And now the one she needs protection from…is me.

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Review

I’ve said this before but I am still a sucker for best friends turned lovers romance story. Even though I know how it’ll end I continue to read them anyway. It’s my guilty pleasure, I guess. Plus Fly is currently free on Kindle so I figured why not. That being said, if I actually had to spend money on this book I definitely wouldn’t have purchased it. Although it was certainly a quick read I wasn’t all that impressed with any of the characters.

The novel is told in alternating point of views between Colton and Taylor and while Colton certain sounds attractive he wasn’t swoon-worthy in the slightest. Nothing he did made me think, “Oh yes, I see what Taylor sees in him.” He was just okay. Speaking of Taylor, although I should probably expect this from books like this, it was intensely infuriating that Taylor not only failed to realize just how much Colton was into her but also how much her other friend, Matt, was into her as well.

That was my other big issue with this novel. I wasn’t sure what the point of Matt was. Just to make Colton jealous? Colton seemed jealous of every guy that came into contact with Taylor, though, so why was Matt necessary? He was just a nuisance and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to think of him. He’s clearly the villain but like did he maybe have real good intentions with Taylor and was just looking out for her? Or was he really just trying to get into her pants? I’m not sure.

Then there was also Colton’s ex Bria who floated in and out of the novel as well. I hate when authors make a woman a villain just because she also wants to me with the guy that the main character wants to be with. Colton slept with Bria, apparently multiple times, but how dare she wish Colton would still want her and be in a relationship with her. Couldn’t she see Taylor was here now and she should move aside? Yeah, no. Colton was in the wrong and while Bria definitely made some snide comments to Taylor that were unnecessary I also couldn’t blame her. I felt bad for Bria and I’m pretty sure the author didn’t want me to.

All in all, I thought this book was all over the place and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to get from this novel. This novel did end on a cliffhanger though, so of course now I want to know what happens next but I refuse to pay for this next book. However, if I can get it for free I’ll definitely read part two.

Stars:

4 stars

Favorite Line:

“He held me like he owned me, and in a way, he does.”

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Book Review: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

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Synopsis:

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season.

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Review

I was nervous to pick up The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily because I read some bad reviews. However, it was just as funny and amazing as I thought it would be, and perfect for the holiday season.

The story picks up a year after Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and it’s been a rough year for Lily. Her beloved grandpa had a heart attack, which led to a nasty fall and health complications. Lily being the kind person she is took it on herself to be her grandpa’s caregiver and that took a toll on her relationship with Dash. Of course, Dash being the best book boyfriend that he knows how to be, tried his best to be supportive but Lily, who handled her feelings in the worst way, kept pushing him away.

It broke my heart to see Lily and Dash going through a rough time and Lily drove me absolutely crazy. I just wanted to shake her and tell her to just tell Dash how she felt. However, I’m only 23 and still have a firm grasp on how it feels to be a teen and feel so much for a person and feel like they don’t feel the same way (even when they obviously do). So I found it in my heart to be sympathetic towards Lily and I had to give her points for when she really did try with Dash.

Besides, Dash and Lily, this novel also contained all my favorite characters from the first book, including Sofia, Boomer, Langston, and Mrs. Basil E. It was so great seeing these characters again and what was going on in their lives. I was even a little glad to see Edgar again. He’s still trouble, by the way.

Overall, I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this novel and Dash made me utterly swoon (I’m currently searching for my own Dash in The Strand). If you’re looking for a funny, romantic holiday read The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is the perfect book.

Stars:

4 stars

Favorite Line:

“Sometimes you make plans. Sometimes plans make themselves.”

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Book Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

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Synopsis:

16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges.

What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Co-written by Rachel Cohn (GINGERBREAD) and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), DASH & LILY’S BOOK OF DARES is a love story that will have readers scouring bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

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Review

I first read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares while I was in high school and I remember loving it the first time I read it but I didn’t remember the details enough to just dive into the sequel. So I decided it was time for a reread and I’m so glad I did because I loved it just as much as I remembered.

Told in alternating POVs between Dash and Lily, this is a cute holiday romance filled with amazing characters and the perfect amount of hilarity. I read the whole book in a day because I couldn’t put it down. It was that good.

The story began with Dash discovering a red notebook in The Strand (my favorite bookstore) that leads him on this adventure that’s presumably started by Lily, but actually it was her brother Langston’s idea. Lily absolutely loves Christmas but this year she feels utterly abandoned. Her parents went to Fiji to celebrate their 20th anniversary, her grandfather went to Florida to propose to his girlfriend, and Langston was totally wrapped up in his new boyfriend. Therefore Langston decided it was time Lily found a love of her own, hence the notebook.

Through the notebook Lily and Dash give each other dares while also sharing some of their best and worst Christmas memories. Along the way they enlist their friends and families to help them as they try to discover if they can really have a relationship off the pages of the notebook or if the person they thought they knew is nothing like how they really are in person.

I’m always surprised by how much I love this novel because although I’ve liked Rachel Cohn’s books I could never get into David Levithan’s writing. Even one of the other novels they wrote together, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List, irritated me to no end and I never finished it. Somehow though Dash and Lily really works for me and I could see myself reading this novel every year during the holidays. Definitely give it a read if you haven’t already.

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“I mean, what if love isn’t a yes-or-no question? It’s not either you’re in love or you’re not. I mean, aren’t there different levels? And maybe these things, like words and expectations and whatever, don’t go on top of the love. Maybe it’s like a map, and they all have their own place, and then when you see it for the sky—whoa.”

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Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade

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Synopsis:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

In these action-packed prequel novellas to Throne of Glass, Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery?

This bind-up features all four of the previously published e-novellas along with a story now available in the US for the first time, The Assassin and the Healer.

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Review

*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2016 Reading Challenge.*

It took me forever, but I finally finished the Throne of Glass series. The Assassin’s Blade was the only book holding me back but after realizing I was behind on my Goodreads challenge I finally got the push I needed to finish it. It took me so long to read this book not because it was bad but because I knew how it would end and I wasn’t looking forward to that ending. In truth, the book was actually very good.

I really enjoyed learning more about Celaena’s past and her relationship with Sam. Now I finally understand why everyone loves him. He was amazing and my heart hurts for him and what he went through. This book also made me realize even more why I do not like Arobynn. He is honestly a trash human being and so incredibly manipulative that it tittered the line of unbelievable.

Reading this novel after I read Empire of Storms definitely cleared up a lot of questions I had about Empire of Storms. In The Assassin’s Blade I learned the history of the Silent Assassins, Ansel, and the Pirate Lord, all of which comes in handy with where the series is currently at.

Overall, The Assassin’s Blade was definitely worth a read and I’m glad I finally read it and can now say I’ve read all of Sarah J. Maas books this year. It’s crazy to think I didn’t even know who she was a year ago. Make sure to check out Maas’ novels if you haven’t yet. They’re all spectacular.

Stars:

4 stars

Favorite Line:

“I love you. And from today onward, I want to never be separated from you. Wherever you go, I go. Even if that means going to Hell itself, wherever you are, that’s where I want to be. Forever.”

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Book Review: Nevernight

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Synopsis:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.

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Review

I’d been meaning to read Nevernight for the longest time so when I saw some people on Instagram were doing a readalong for it I decided to sign myself up. If you don’t know what a readalong is it’s basically exactly what it sounds like. Each week we were supposed to read a certain number of chapters then discuss it before moving on. It’s basically an online book club and I’ve liked it a lot so far. As for Nevernight itself, I actually really enjoyed it too. Just not at first.

Before the novel began, the reader is given this one page intro from the Narrator that tells us the hero is currently dying in the heroine’s arms. The heroine is Mia, the protagonist, but of course it’s unknown who the hero is. All we know is the Narrator is not going to sugarcoat this story and he was also in love with Mia. Interesting. This part drew me in but once the story actually began I was bored.

Mia’s journey to get to the Red Church didn’t really interest me and I’ve never been a fan of flashbacks, which a lot of the first third of the book entailed. However, once I got to the real action of the story I was hooked. Mia grew on me by the end but I really liked her friend and fellow acolyte, Tric, and Mia’s shadow friend, Mister Kindly. They were my favorite characters.

The narrator was also enjoyable although I could’ve done without all the footnotes. While some were short and funny, others were so long I just skipped them because they distracted me too much from the story and honestly, I didn’t care about the information they provided.

Despite these minor flaws I will definitely read the sequel because I want to see what happens next in Mia’s story and if the next book starts at about the same pace this book ended at, I know it won’t be a slow beginning like this first book. At least I hope not.

Stars:

4 stars

Favorite Line:

“Apologies,” Mia frowned, searching the floor as if looking for something. “I appear to have misplaced the fucks I give for what you think…”

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Bookish Sweet 16: My Favorite Authors

Thanks to #bookstagram I discovered a lot of new authors this year and I’m so glad I did. Here’s my favorite 16 authors of the year, in no particular order. Check them out if you haven’t read their books yet. They’re all great and I even got to meet some of them!


1. Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom)

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Leigh Bardugo was absolutely hilarious and it was a pleasure to meet her. Besides that, her Six of Crows duology was absolutely amazing and one of my favorite reads of the year.

2. Colleen Hoover (It Ends With Us)

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This year I read almost every single one of Colleen Hoover’s novels and loved most of them. So when her latest novel, It Ends With Us, was released on my birthday and I saw she was coming to New York I had to go and it was totally worth the insane line.

3. Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven King)

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I’d never read a book by Maggie Stiefvater until this year but I fell in love with her Raven Cycle series and read all four books this year. I can’t wait to read her new series about Ronan. I need it yesterday.

4. Alexandra Bracken (Passenger)

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Full disclosure, I still haven’t read Passenger because there’s been mixed reviews, but I love The Darkest Minds, which is why I was so excited to meet Alexandra Bracken at BookCon. She was so sweet and it was awesome meeting her.

5. Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court)

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Even though I haven’t read The Glittering Court yet I had to go meet Richelle Mead when she came to NYC. I’m obsessed with her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series and I think she’s amazing.

6. Morgan Matson (The Unexpected Everything)

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I had never read any of Morgan Matson’s books when I went to her signing for The Unexpected Everything but after meeting her and seeing how awesome she is in person I had to read her books. So far I’ve only read two but I loved them both.

7. Nicola Yoon (The Sun is Also a Star)

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I read Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star this year and they were both amazing in very different ways. It was awesome to hear Nicola Yoon speak about The Sun is Also a Star and read from the book.

8. Marie Lu (The Midnight Star)

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Marie Lu is an amazing author but she also just seems like a really chill person. When I went to her signing at Books of Wonder she read a first draft of The Young Elites that was so wildly different from what the series became that it was absolutely hilarious. I’m so glad I got to meet her this year.

9. Victoria Aveyard (Glass Sword)

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If you’re not following Victoria Aveyard on Twitter do it now! She’s so outspoken and funny and I can now guarantee she’s the same way in person. I’ll admit I didn’t love Red Queen but Glass Sword totally won me over and I can’t wait to get my hands on King’s Cage.

10. Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Mist of Fury)

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I tried so hard to meet Sarah J. Maas at BookCon but had no success. That didn’t make me love her and her writing any less though. I read all her books (excluding The Assassin’s Blade) this year and I loved all of them. So good!

11. Brittany Cavallaro (A Study in Charlotte)

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First of all, Brittany Cavallaro follows me on Instagram and that just makes me so happy. Secondly, if you haven’t read A Study in Charlotte yet you’re truly missing out because it’s amazing and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

12. Cassandra Clare (Lady Midnight)

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Cassandra Clare is another author I attempted to see at BookCon to no avail. Still, Lady Midnight was so incredible that I let my disappoint of not meeting her go and just enjoyed the book. After all these books she still sucks me into the Shadowhunters’ world again and again.

13. Lauren Blakely (Mister O)

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Prior to this year I think the only erotica I’d read was Fifty Shades of Grey, which is not the best. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon Lauren Blakely but I’m now obsessed with her writing, which is bad because she publishes at least five books a year. There goes my money.

14. Ryan Graudin (Blood for Blood)

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I’d never heard of Ryan Graudin until I went to BookCon and snagged an ARC of Blood for Blood. I’d seen the first book in the duology, Wolf by Wolf, on Instagram and decided to take a chance and of course they were amazing. Definitely a must read and now I need to read her other books.

15. David Arnold (Kids of Appetite)

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I fell in love with David Arnold’s writing style when I read Kids of Appetite and have now purchased Mosquitoland, his debut novel, so I can give it try. If you haven’t read either of his books yet definitely check him out.

16. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Gemina)

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These are two more authors that I hadn’t heard of until this year but thanks to an ARC of Gemina that I won I decided to give them a try. To be honest, sci-fi isn’t typically my thing but I was totally sucked into this series and how these books are written. Definitely a must read.

Who are some of your favorite authors of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.