Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Title: Emmy and Oliver

Author: Robin Benway

Series: No.

Format: ARC provided by Heather Doss from HarperTeen (THANK YOU!!)

Page Count: 342

Publisher: HarperTeen

Age Range: 16+

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age

Description on Goodreads:

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

Review:

I don’t normally review books DIRECTLY after finishing them. I don’t normally gush and ugly cry either. Emmy and Oliver is one of those books you HAVE to talk about after finishing. You need someone to talk to about it.

I started this book on a whim. I was wanting a fluffy, light hearted romance. I got that and so much more.

I don’t want to spoil anyone, so I will be as detailed yet not as I can.

I felt like I was there with the characters the whole time. Like I was a member of their group of friends. There with them as they surfed, talked and just confied into each other.

This story was heartbreaking, and worth every fracture along the way. The love and the friendship felt so genuine between more than just the main characters. I felt something for every single character. I love that the parents were so involved and just the fact that every character was so strong.

This is how contemporary should be written. This is a story that will be sticking with me for a long time. This is easily one of my favorite books of this year. It comes out on 5/23/15, my only regret is I have to wait til July to get a finished copy. ;_;

BUT! It will be well worth the wait.

My Rating: 5/5 all the way.

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who loves to ugly cry. Anyone who loves a good, well rounded love story.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13132816-emmy-oliver


Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn [DNF]

Title: Broken hearts, Fences and other things to mend by Katie Finn

Author: Katie Finn

Series: Yes, Trilogy.

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 339, I stopped at 164.

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Age Range: 15+

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Social Issues

Description on Goodreads:

Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already.

Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn’s first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.

Review:

Now, before I start I want to say this: I loved the writing style and I will be picking up other books under her other name; Morgan Matson. I loved the prose and how the story flowed… I just didn’t like the story. From the beginning I was getting through it quickly, but just as quickly it fell apart for me. The idea behind the series is great! Revenge, remorse, heartbreak, new romance, drama… it has it all!

But.. it just didn’t click with me. Something about the characters seemed overly predictable. I didn’t like how it was painstakingly obvious what was going on between Hallie and Gemma. I got it the first moment they saw each other again. I also flipped to the back and was right about another prediction I made.

The story wasn’t for me, but it might be for you! 😀 I am not going to rate this, since while I didn’t like the story and it felt overly predictable where it was going, I loooovveedd the writing and style. I will be picking up Since You’ve Been Gone hopefully soon!

My Rating:

n/a

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who likes a good contemporary novel!

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18525657-broken-hearts-fences-and-other-things-to-mend

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Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu

Title: Exquisite Corpse

Author: Pénélope Bagieu

Series: No.

Format: Finished copy. (Thanks, Gina!)

Page Count: 124

Publisher: First Second Books

Age Range: 18+

Genre: Graphic Novel. Fiction, Adult, Romance, Humor, Contemporary

Description on Goodreads:

Zoe isn’t exactly the intellectual type, which is why she doesn’t recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment…and into his life. It’s also why she doesn’t know that Rocher is supposed to be dead. Turns out, Rocher faked his death years ago to escape his critics, and has been making a killing releasing his new work as “lost manuscripts,” in cahoots with his editor/ex-wife Agathe. Neither of them would have invited a crass party girl like Zoe into their literary conspiracy of two, but now that she’s there anyway. . . . Zoe doesn’t know Balzac from Batman, but she’s going to have to wise up fast… because she’s sitting on the literary scandal of the century!

Review:

This book took me by surprise.

From down, dower and abused, to new love, excitement  and PLOT TWISTS FROM OUTTA NO WHERE!

Zoe is an amazing character. Even though her boyfriend at the start is a horrible person, she is herself, no matter what. Even when a random chance encounter happens.

With a wide variety of complex and lovely characters, I can see myself reading this over and over again. 🙂

My Rating:

5/5

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too):

Anyone who loves realisitic, although a bit far fetched fiction, plot twists, and a good read.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22718721-exquisite-corpse

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Invincible by Amy Reed

Title: Invincible

Author: Amy Reed

Series: Yes, a duology.

Format: ARC provided by HarperCollins. (Thank you!)

Page Count: 325

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Age Range: 16+

Genre: Contemporary

Description on Goodreads:

The Fault in Our Stars meets Go Ask Alice in this dramatic romance about a teenage girl who survives a terminal cancer diagnosis, only to get trapped in the deadly spiral of addiction. Fans of Gayle Forman and Sara Zarr will be swept away by this gritty romance, the first in a duology.

Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she’d be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live.

All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there’s no place for her in it–at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and her boyfriend’s constant, doting attention is suddenly nothing short of suffocating.

Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly, fully alive. It’s better than a drug. His kiss makes her feel invincible–but she may be at the beginning of the biggest free fall of her life.

Review:

Oh my god I devoured this. This was like a heavenly mix of Gayle Forman and Ellen Hopkins. The pure transformation of Evie from sick “Cancer Girl” to her recovery to downfall is just pure magic. Amy Reed really knows how to write. I will definitely be looking more into her books.

I will say, if you are trigger sensitive to drug use, LGBQT, and family issues, please be careful.

Everything felt genuine. Like, I was actually there. God. I want the second book now!

My Rating: 4/5

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Fans of Ellen Hopkins, John Green, Gayle Forman. 😀

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22960609-invincible

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The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Title: The Girl at Midnight

Author: Melissa Grey

Series: Yes.

Format: eARC

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Age Range: 16+

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Description on Goodreads:

For readers of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’sShadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Review:

I really enjoyed this. Echo was someone I really wanted to know. 😀 The pacing was quick, but I felt I could safely put the book down and come back to it, in a good way. I rarely have those kinds of books. The kind you can feel safe just setting down for a few days, and then just jump right back in! 😀

The style was very unique. I didn’t feel the City of Bones feel, then again I have never read it… but I did get a Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s and Shadow and Bone feel. Those two I had the same previous feeling with. I LOVE that feeling. That wonderful feeling. Sometimes taking a while to finish a book is a great thing! 😀

The world building is something that was very strong. I found myself thinking about so much of the scenery for days. Miss Grey really knows how to paint a picture.

And how to build a great set of characters.

I don’t want to get too much into detail, but there is one thing I am happy about. Something that makes me soooooo happy. NO LOVE TRIANGLE. Yes, there is romance though. A GREAT ONE! 😀

I am definitely grabbing a copy of this physically, as it has entered my heart as a possible favorite series. ❤

My Rating: 4.8/5

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who loves fantasy, and a great journey.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20345202-the-girl-at-midnight

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The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

Title: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy; A Handbook for GIRL GEEKS

Author: Sam Maggs

Series: No.

Format: eARC and Finished Copy

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Quirk Books

Age Range: 14+

Genre: Non-Fiction, Feminism, How to, Guides

Description on Goodreads:

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

Review:

First off:

EVERY GEEK, NO MATTER IF MALE, FEMALE, NON GENDER BIANARY, NEEDS THIS. Oh lord. This is the best guide I have seen.

Yes. I am gushing.

I have been WAITING to make this review. This is what guides should be. There are so many topics, and how to’s, terminologies… I thought -I- knew them all. I was so wrong.

From Saltgunners, to Otakon, Anti-Troll advice, Conventions do’s and don’t’s, this book has it all in so little of pages.  I want every person in the world who identifies as a geek, nerd, hell even Jock and Prep and BEYOND to have this book. This has to be the single most amazing geeky thing I own. And I own a lot.

Like a Jake the Dog bowtie.

This guide is all at once, informative, cute, kick ass and just a need in all homes. I know I must be gushing, yet not giving much detail. There is a reason. I want you to experience it yourself. Like any good book, hearing about it second hand is NOTHING like reading it yourself.

My Rating: 5/5

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): EVERYONE. GET IT. NOW. PREORDER THAT SCHNIT!

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22926684-the-fangirl-s-guide-to-the-galaxy

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99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Title: 99 Days

Author: Katie Cotugno

Series: No.

Format: ARC

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Age Range: 16+

Genre: Contemporary/Young Adult/Romance/Social Issues

Description on Goodreads:

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

Review:

Well. This is one whopper of a book. I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. When I first recieved it from the wonderful Heather Doss at Harper, (thank you again!), I was skeptical. Very skeptical. I know How to Love had been hyped quiiitteee a bit on Twitter and on Booktube… but I had heard very little about 99 Days. Heck, part of me forgot it was even coming out.

This book will live up to any of the hype it gets. Despite some iffy subject matter, I really enjoyed this book. I flew through it, and while I did have some problems with a few characters, the over all development was nice. The story building was nice, and a bit refreshing. It’s been a little bit since I read it; and I still find myself thinking about Molly.

I really found myself emotionally charged and invested in the story. I still want more! I need to know! I felt like a teen again, caught in what felt like “real life” was. It actually motivated me to grab her first book!

This book comes out on the 21st!

My Rating: 4/5

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who needs a good reminder of youth/Loves drama/Loves soap operas.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836575-99-days

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Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everbound

Author: Brodi Ashton

Series: Yes.

Format: Hardcover.

Page Count: 358

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Age Range: 15+

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Description on Goodreads:

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

Review:

I could not have loved this more. If I wasn’t already a fangirl of Ms. Ashton’s writing, I would be after this. This is actually the book that broke my fear of secondbookitous. Without being too spoilery, what Nikki goes through in this section of the Everneath series has to be one of the most heartwrenching things I have read in a book in years. We were introduced to some new, very well rounded characters, and delved a bit deeper into some already established ones.I have to say, I really started to like Cole in this one. Just the sheer personality that you see in this one, how far he is willing to go for Nikki… it’s damning. No pun intended. An amazing installment to this series. I cannot wait to read the last book. 🙂

My Rating: 4.5/5

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too):

Anyone who likes a good paranormal romance, great twists and good adventure.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13115995-everbound

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