Review | Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Imprint: Delacorte Press for Young Readers
Release Date: September 01, 2015
Type: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 310

Blurb from Goodreads:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Thoughts-01

I have high expectations from Everything, Everything. First, those high ratings and awesome reviews. Then there’s that eye candy cover. Followed by a unique and catchy premise! This book wasn’t bad but I wasn’t over the moon with it either. I think the idea was great and having a protagonist with SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency)—an illness that I didn’t know anything about—makes it an even more intriguing read for me. The ending felt like a cop-out though, and I wasn’t very satisfied with it.

“Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”

Yoon’s writing was lovable as ever. It has the same charm and smooth flow that I saw and loved in The Sun Is Also A Star. Hers is the kind of writing style that will make you fly through the pages without even noticing that you did. The short chapters really worked for me. It felt like the book is giving us a story using only a few words but without losing the weight of the message that it’s trying to convey—that love is a wonderful thing that could ignite hope, but at the same time, it could also drive a person to do stupid things. Read More »

Review | Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon

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Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon
Published by HarperCollins on August 23, 1996
Pages: 427

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Four nuns find themselves suddenly thrust into a hostile world they long ago abandoned for the safety of the convent. Unwittingly they become pawns in a battle between the charismatic Jaime Miró, leader of the outlawed Basque nationalists, and the ruthless Colonel Ramón Acoca of the Spanish Amy.

Four women – and the men they are forbidden to love.
Megan – the orphan, who feels an overpowering attraction to Jaime.
Lucia – the fiery Sicilian beauty on the run for murder – and Rubio Arzano, the freedom fighter who risks his life to save her.
Teresa – whose guilty conscience finally drives her to betray her friends.
Graciela – who bears a terrible secret that almost destroys her – and the courageous Ricardo who loves her.

From the same author of the books “The Other Side of Midnight”, “Rage of Angels”, “Bloodline” and “Windmills of the Gods”. The book is set in Spain and centres around four nuns and their unwitting involvement with outlawed Basque nationalists and the Spanish Army.

MY THOUGHTS

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If reality doesn’t require a person to work, do the chores, and go to sleep, I would’ve finished this book in a single sitting. The story was so riveting right from page one. It will hold you tight and it doesn’t let go. Set in Spain in a time of political unrest, Sands of Time brought us a story of love and violence, of faith and passion, of war and loyalty. And of nuns and their unintentional team-up with Spain’s most wanted rebels! Now that’s something I haven’t seen before! And that just made me all the more intrigued about this book.  Read More »

Review | Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill

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Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 27, 2016
Pages: 392

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Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

MY THOUGHTS

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I am greatly disappointed. First, the book managed to hit all the clichés I was trying to avoid. Second, the world-building made no sense. Third, Britta just can’t stop whining. God! (More on this later.) Fourth. It. Was. So. Predictable! Fifth, I didn’t see so much clashing of kingdoms for a series that is called Clash of Kingdoms. I thought I was getting some action-packed fantasy story dashed with a little romance. But instead, it’s the other way around. Sixth, the romance was boring. Everything… and I mean everything, was pretty basic and unimaginative.  Read More »

Review | It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on August 02, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult, Standalone
Pages: 376

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Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

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.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

MY THOUGHTS

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What a powerful read! This book just hit me in the heart so hard it left a mark. It was so real, and raw, and so honest. It doesn’t just inspire its readers. It educates. Read More »

Review | Crow (Boston Underworld #1) by A. Zavarelli

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Crow (Boston Underworld #1) by A. Zavarelli
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on February 10, 2016
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 314

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An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart. I had a plan. Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right? Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door. That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either. Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission. Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him. Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.

MY THOUGHTS

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Now this isn’t a book I’d normally read. I’m a young adult fantasy junkie, you see. But I do step out of my comfort zone once in a while and I try to pick up a book from every genre. So I had my eye on this series for my steamy reads. And boy, this book? It burns!

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Review | Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 12, 2016
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Standalone
Pages: 322

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For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

MY THOUGHTS

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Dreamology is the kind of book that will easily get a reader’s attention. Because, first, look at that gorgeous cover! And second, its concept is extremely unique and intriguing. This was quite a fun read, playful and dream-filled, cute and lighthearted. The thing I like most out of this book though is its humor. There were a couple of issues I had on the way, but hell if it didn’t put a smile on my face!Read More »

Review | P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published by Point on July 26, 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Standalone
Pages: 330

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Signed, sealed, delivered…

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…

MY THOUGHTS

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Letters were safe. They were words, easy to read if enjoyable and stop reading if hurtful. Letters didn’t stare at me like he was staring at me now, full of fire.

This is YA contemporary at its cutest, funniest and loveliest form! I didn’t thought I‘d rate this book this high because most of the books I’ve read from this genre just doesn’t hold my attention for long. But this, oh boy, I sacrificed five hours of good night sleep for this!

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Review | All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Published by St. Martin’s Press on August 09, 2016
Genres: ContemporaryRomance
Pages: 346

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As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

MY THOUGHTS

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Well, true love exists. But sometimes, time is a bitch that tries to ruin it for you.

I needed to collect myself after this one. It totally owned me. And it kind of made me question everything –my feelings, my reaction, my judgments. I read books mostly for entertainment. Sometimes, I read to visit places I’ll never see. Other times, I read to live some people’s lives that have no resemblance to mine and this book was surprisingly good at giving me that. Gritty, unsettling, and daring, this book is something I wouldn’t normally read… and love, but here I am so eager to give this a five star.  Read More »