Review: Paper Towns by John Green

paper townsTitle/Author: Paper Towns by John Green
Publisher/Year: Speak on September 22, 2009
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Nope.
Other Books by Author: The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

My Thoughts copy

 

I’m going to start off by saying that I think that Paper Towns has been my favourite John Green novel to date. I was so absorbed by the content in this book that I had trouble focusing on any other task at hand! The plot moved swiftly, and was paced very well leaving my unable to put the book down for only very short intervals!!!

Paper Towns is centred around a boy named Quentin, or Q, for short, who has been admiring his love, Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar for far too many years. They used to be friends when they were younger, but time has torn them apart. However, on one fateful night in Q’s high school life, Margo climbs back into his life – literally! She crawls through his bedroom window in the middle of the night wanting his help on an epic nighttime revenge adventure. I think that this part may have been my favourite part of the book. Their dangerous, rule breaking escapades had me living on the edge vicariously through their story. It was fun for me, because I’m always the person who never breaks the rules, and never even comes close to toeing the line of rebellion. Anyway, after their super fun night out, Margo has mysteriously disappeared, but not without leaving a couple of clues behind.

Quentin takes it upon himself to look for Margo with all his might. And boy does he take his search seriously. I can’t imagine being able to piece together little tiny bits of information from the past with very, VERY subtle clues in order to find my friend. Even if I really wanted to and was trying with all my might! So props to Q for that one. Throughout the course of this novel, Q grows in so many ways, and is on his way to becoming part of a new person. I’m always a sucker for some good character development! Ben and Radar, Q’s friends are two of the most funny characters in the book, and I was always glad to read about them. As for Margo, she really is a mystery.

One more thing to note about this book is that although it may seem pretty heavy in terms of content, it is laced with humour on every page. Reading this book is easy and fun and interesting and I encourage everyone to do so.

Final ThoughtsLike I said above, this is my favourite John Green book. I don’t really know why, because I also really love Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. Paper Towns just has some sort of intangible amazing quality about it that I cannot describe, but is experienced when it is read. If you are looking for a witty, funny mysterious novel written from a male POV, then this is the book for you!

5 hearts

Favourite Quote

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

Second opinions

Jamie says that Paper Towns is “witty, heartwarming, and quirky.”

Estelle says “READ THIS NOW.”

Talk to me

Have you read Paper Towns? What did you think of it? Have you read anything else by John Green? Do you have any suggestions of books similar to this one? LET ME KNOW! :)

Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway

First things first, let me apologize for my absence this summer. I thought I was going to have way more time to blog, but life got in the way, even after I posted my Hiatus is Over post!!! :( I wish I had had more time for blogging this summer, and even my reading took a hit! However, I am back, and I am here to stay! (*fingers crossed*)

I have spent a lot of time getting myself organized for this school year’s classes as well as planning and scheduling a lot of blog posts. I really hope that I will be able to keep this up, and I will strive my hardest to keep this blog up and running. And now, onto the review!!! :D

also known asTitle/Author: Also Known As by Robin Benway
Publisher/Year: Walker Books for Young Readers on February 26, 2013
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮
Genre: YA Contemporary/Spy Thriller/Romance
Series: Yes!
Other Books by Author: Going Rogue (Also Known As #2); Audrey, Wait!; The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: Which is more dangerous: being an international spy… or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world’s premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it’s three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she’s attending a private school with hundreds of “mean girl” wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school’s elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat… all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world’s greatest spies don’t have a mission plan for love.

My Thoughts copy

I will admit, due to falling behind on blogging I am writing this review about a month after I finished reading this book, which is going to be difficult. However, it is not going to be as difficult as it would have been if I were writing a review about a book I didn’t love! So that’s what I going to start off with – I LOVED Also Known As and (mostly) everything about it. It was downright hilarious, had awesome characters (main characters as well as secondary), and had an interesting mystery plot too!

Firstly, how often do you read a book about a girl who grew up in a family of spies?! Not often enough is the answer to that question! I thank Robin Benway for writing a superb spy-girl novel that is as equally hilarious and heartwarming as it is witty and smart. Maggie, the MC of the book, is a teen safecracker who works for a spy agency called The Collective. Her first solo assignment is set in New York City, and involves cracking the safe (who knew? ;P) of a person who poses the threat of releasing the identities of many of the espionage agents who work for The Collective. NO PRESSURE, HUH?

Maggie, who has never really had the chance to be a teenager in the real world before, gets to go to high school! How exciting is that! Well, I guess for most of us it’s not that big of a deal, but for Maggie the opportunity to be around hundreds of peers her age is the most appealing thing in the world. At school she meets Roux, a quirky, rebellious teenager who has fallen from her high rungs on the social ladder due to some relationship drama. They become fast friends, and Roux helps Maggie come out of her shell, as well as helping Maggie out with a little boy trouble of her own.

The boy in question is Jesse Oliver. Doesn’t that just sound like the name of a smart, attractive teenage boy? Although Jesse wasn’t all that special to me, he was utterly fantastic for Maggie! I wouldn’t call their relationship instalove, but I would say that the whole thing was a little fast paced for my own liking. But, I think that had to do with Maggie’s lack of real-life experience and the fact that an apparently perfect boy just dropped out of the sky for her! So, all the power to her.

My favourite character was Angelo, no question about it. He’s like your cool Aunt, or your best friend’s dad who is just totally awesome and gives you great advice and life tips. Whenever there was a scene involving him, I couldn’t help but picture him as Michael Caine in his role as Victory in Miss Congeniality. Don’t ask why, because I don’t know. But that’s how I pictured him speaking and acting!

Final Thoughts

You will want to read this amazingly cute and laugh out loud book all in one sitting. Also Known As has it all! A spy girl, a super awesome best friend, a cute boy, a witty and helpful adult friend, and best of all – a mystery.

5 hearts

Second opinions

Brittany says “it’s super, super cute.”

Alexa says Also Known As is “laugh out loud funny [and] packed with superb characters.”

Judith says that “this book may cause uncontrollable giggling and/or the unability to wipe that smile from your face.”
Talk to me

Have you read Also Known As? What did you think of it? Have you read anything else by Robin Benway? Do you have any suggestions of books similar to this one? LET ME KNOW! :)

HIATUS IS OVER!!!! An update on my life for the past five months + Single Sentence Reviews of all the books I’ve read in that time!

I’m baaaaaaack!!!!

I’m so sorry that I disappeared without a trace, but I am so thankful to all of you lovely people who stuck around with me on twitter and tumblr, and who will pick right up where they left off with me! <3 I love you guys! But my life has definitely not been the same without blogging and the wonderful friends I’ve made through blogosphere. I’m so excited to be back online!

giphy

Anyway, you’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to for the last five months! Well, mostly school stuff. Second term was a lot busier than first term, and I had a lot more meetings and training sessions to attend to prepare me to be a Frosh Week leader for September! I successfully completed my first year of university, and discovered where my passions lie. I will be pursuing an English Major degree with a minor in math. These are the two subjects that I want to teach when I become a teacher.

I also just had my first ever student teaching placement, and it was in a full day kindergarten class for two weeks.  It was so much fun, and the little kiddies were so adorable!!! It was an eye opening experience, and I learned a lot. I’m glad that I got placed with such a young group, because it is basically the complete opposite end of the age spectrum of who I want to teach – which is high schoolers.

I also signed the lease on a house with four of my friends that I made at school this year, and I can’t wait to move in and live independently next year. I mean, I was in residence this year, which is independent, but it is no where near as much responsibility as living in your own house where you need to cook and clean for yourself.

Now, let us move on to talk about all of the books I’ve read in that time!

Natalie’s Single Sentence Reviews

OK. OK. They’re not all single sentences… but they’re short.

3-59the perks of being a wallflowerallegiantmy life next door image

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

This book was the perfect blend of creepy and alternate universes.
5 hearts

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This one wasn’t really my cup of tea, but it was still an okay read.
3 hearts

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 I really enjoyed how Veronica Roth ended off the Divergent Trilogy with Allegiant, despite what a lot of others have said about this book.
4.5 hearts

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

This was one of the cutest books I’ve read in a while, and I loved the twist at the end!  I also fell in love with the entire Garrett family, and would love to have them as my own next door neighbours! I can’t wait to read What I Thought Was True!!!
5 hearts

Anna and the French Kisssmart girls get what they want angus thongs and full frontal snogging the fault in our stars

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss did not let me down after I heard all of my blogging buddies raving about it! I need to find myself a St. Clair. *swoons*
5 hearts

Smart GIrls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

I absolutely adored the main character Gigi, and was able to relate to her and to her relationships with her two best friends.
5 hearts

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging

I didn’t find this book as hilarious as I know loads of other people have, but it was still a quick and enjoyable read for me.
3 hearts

The Fault in Our Stars

Let’s just say that when you get to the end of TFiOS you won’t want to be reading it in a classroom full of students… the tears will still come even if you will them to stop.
4.5 hearts

Love and other perishable itemswhy we broke uphopelesssiege and storm

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

This book was refreshingly real–the characters, the plot, and all the emotions.  I devoured this book over one night and one morning. I quite enjoyed how the story was told in chunks by the two MCs because it really allowed me to understand their feelings. All in all this was a really good book, it just lacked the WOW factor for me.
4 hearts

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

This one was a DNF for me. I got about 80 pages in and it was just so repetitive and whiny. I was rather upset because I ADORED A Series of Unfortunate Events.

DNF

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

I literally have no words to even begin to explain how amazingly wonderful this book is. If you take my word, and only my word for just one book, this is the one you should take it for.
5 hearts

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The second instalment in Leigh’s Grisha Trilogy, this book was just as fantastic – perhaps even more so – as the first!
5 hearts

perfect chemistryhyperbole and a halfcrankthe infinite moment of us

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

This book was your classic “good girl” meets “bad boy” book and it was enjoyable but nothing special.
3 hearts

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

If you want a book that will make you laugh until you cry, and also give you a new perspective on serious issues like depression, this book full of short stories with hilarious illustrations is for you!
5 hearts

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

This book grabs ahold of your heart and doesn’t let you go until you finish the very last page.
4 hearts

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Something about this book didn’t sit quite right with me, and I think it was the writing that was somewhat colloquial at all of the wrong times.
2.5 hearts

anatomy lessondead girls dont write letterssince youve been gonecity of ashes

Anatomy Lesson by Matt Spadafora

(This book is going to get a little bit longer of a review than the other ones.) (Also my review of this book is not biased in any way.) Anatomy Lesson is a book of short stories written by my good friend Matt Spadafora. He took a “Making a Book” class in his last year of university and successfully wrote and published this book! The interesting concept is that each of these short stories revolve around a memory about a part of his body. Some of them are hilarious, some are revolting, and some of them hurt your heart. Also another major selling point about this book is that I’m mentioned ;)
5 hearts

You can purchase Matt’s book online from Amazon, and you can read more of Matt’s writing on his blog, Mathew John Writes.

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles

This one is a very quick read, but will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time, and you’ll never know what to think about everything!
4 hearts

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I can’t get over how amazing this book was!!! I fell in love with the characters and the story and I literally have no bad things to say about this! And the cover is super cute too :)
5 hearts

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I didn’t love this book as much as the first TMI book, City of Bones, but I still liked it! I’m excited to read the rest of this series, and City of Glass is coming up soon in my TBR pile.
4.5 hearts

the replacementevery dayThe programwhere the stars still shine

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Creepy, weird book that didn’t seem well thought out, and left too many questions unanswered for my liking.
2 hearts

Every Day by David Levithan

The concept of this book is very interesting, but lacked slightly in execution. The writing was beautiful, but the story itself felt repetitive and drawn out.
3 hearts

The Program by Suzanne Young

I literally could not put this book down. The characters and the superbly unique plot had me captivated from the very first page.
5 hearts

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Phenomenal writing and exquisite characters and development = TEARS. In a word? Flawless
5 hearts

Well, there you have it. A complete list of short review of all of the books I’ve read in the time since I let blogged (minus finishing a couple of series that I want to write about in separate posts.) Thank you for sticking with me and welcoming me back into the blogosphere with open arms!!! I’m so happy to be back :)

ARC Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.inddTitle/Author: Panic by Lauren Oliver
Publisher/Year: HarperCollins on March 4, 2014
Rating: ✮✮✮½
Genre: YA Thriller/Contemporary
Series: Nope. STANDALONE!
Other Books by Author: Delirium Series, Before I Fall
How I got this Book: ARC provided to me from HarperCollins Canada in exchange fr an honest review. Thank you! Here’s a link the book on their website.
Summary From Goodreads: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

My Thoughts copy

Panic is a game that is played every summer in a town called Carp, where there is nothing else fun to do. It’s a dangerous game – people have lost their lives in the past, or have become seriously injured. Essentially, the game is full of dangerous tasks, and the last few people to complete each on are eliminated. The last man standing wins a pot of $64,000 – enough money to make a new life for themselves outside of Carp.

Heather and Dodge both have their own reasons for entering the game, and both of them are in it to win it. I personally would never enter a game like this!!! Some of the tasks they had to complete are INSANE, and I would never ever risk my life to win some money. Anyway, throughout the story, we discover why each character has entered the game and what they want to use the money for. We also learn secrets about other characters in the story, and where everyone’s true motivation lies.

Lauren Oliver wrote Panic from dual POV, which I am usually not a fan of, but she pulled it off well enough. While not written in the first person, we still got a good glimpse into the mind of each main character. I do think that writing in the first person would have added more to the story for me, and would have allowed for more evidence of character development and growth. And I give Oliver major points for not having the two MCs be each other’s love interests!!! I was delighted when I realized that they weren’t going to fall for each other, and that they were both interested in other people. It was unexpected (especially in the case of dual POV) and I applaud the choice.

Even though I wasn’t completely enthralled by Lauren’s writing this time (which was a shame, because I absolutely adored Delirium and Before I Fall) I was still unable to put the book down because the plot was riveting! I always needed to know what was going to happen next, and what the next dangerous task was going to be. Unfortunately, when I reached the end of the book it just didn’t hold up to the same standards at the beginning and middle. To me, it felt rushed and didn’t pack the same punch as the rest of the book.

Final Thoughts

Panic by Lauren Oliver was an attention grabbing, action packed book, with a slightly lacklustre ending. The writing is not as great as the rest of Oliver’s work, and I don’t recommend this to be your first read by this author! (If only for the fact that her other books are in my opinion better written and more captivating and interesting.) Overall, I still thought this book was an enjoyable read, I just would have liked some more depth and growth in the characters.

3.5 hearts

Favourite Quote

Taken from the ARC:

“It was so strange, the way that life moved forward: the twists and the dead ends, the sudden opportunities. She supposed if you could predict or foresee everything that was going to happen, you’d lose the motivation to go through it all. The promise was always in the possibility.”

Second opinions

Christina says, “It’s fast-paced, high octane, and a definite page-turner,” and gave it 3.5 stars!

Nikki highly recommends Panic and gave it 4.5 stars!
Talk to me

Have you read Panic? What did you think of it? Have you read anything else by Lauren Oliver? If you haven’t read it yet, do you think you’re going to add it to your TBR? And what are your thoughts on the dangerous game of Panic?? LET ME KNOW! :)

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

fangirlTitle/Author: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher/Year: St. Martin’s Press on September 13, 2013
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
Series: Nope. STANDALONE!
Other Books by Author: Attachments, Eleanor & Park
How I got this Book: Finished copy sent to me from St. Martin’s Press. Thanks!
Summary From Goodreads: In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Thoughts copy

Wow. That’s the first and only word I can think of to start off this review. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was just perfect in every aspect. Fangirl centres around Cath and her sister Wren and their transition into University as freshman students. Reading this after having only been at university for a month myself, I was able to relate very easily to the feelings that Cath was having. Although I know that I am a much more outgoing person than Cath, I could very easily imagine a person in my position who is not feeling the exact same way, and I thought that was great.

Rainbow Rowell also created extremely realistic relationships in Fangirl. And when I say this, I mean all of them. Cath and her sister, Wren; Cath and her father; Cath and her absent mother; Cath and her roomate; Cath and Levi. In every single situation that each of these relationships were submersed in, the way that they acted and interacted together felt genuine and real. Now, speaking of relationships, this leads me to Levi.

Levi. Ohhhhhh Levi. What’s not to love? He loves coffee… and I don’t really want to say too much else about him, because learning all about him and how his relationship with Cath evolves is one of the best parts of the book. I’ll leave that part for Rowell to take care of ;) But one thing that I especially love about the romance in this novel is that although it is a main part of the book, it doesn’t ever really take centre stage, and it shares the spotlight with other important aspects of the story.

Fangirl touches on a lot of different topics, and does it well, never going too much overboard with one and forgetting about the other. There is a perfect balance between all of them. This book has it all: a girl who had a perfect, easy time in high school thanks to a great relationship with her twin sister/best friend and all the perks that brought about, but who needs to break out of her shell now that she’s in university and on her own; a father who has raised his two daughters wonderfully, despite experiencing worsening depression; and a wonderful relationship that slowly develops between to people who are so different and yet so alike.

Final ThoughtsI have nothing bad to say about Fangirl at all. Cath was a wonderful, relatable character who I would love to be friends with. Levi was, well, Levi. Rainbow wrote a book that I will love for years and years to come, and that became an immediate favourite once I was finished.

5 hearts

what monica thoughtY’all remember Monica, right? Well she had her first guest post here on Books, etc. just a few days ago! Anyway, I thought it would be fun if she shared some of her thoughts on Fangirl with the rest of you too, so here they are:

I cannot think of one major thing that I disliked in Fangirl. My favourite part was how relatable it was.  Since I’m a first year student at university too, I could really relate to what Cath was going through with a new school.  I could just picture this story happening as if it was happening at Queen’s, maybe even to the girl down the hall from me.  Also the way that Rowell created the relationships between the characters was realistic and relatable too.  Oh and Levi. He was definitely one of my favourite parts about this book, hands down, for many reasons. ;) This book also gives me hope that me and my own fangirly, flailing arms will one day be accepted and appreciated.

Favourite Quote

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”

Second opinions

Lauren said, “the characters were outstanding.”

Yasmine says Fangirl “is a very good book so reading it is definitely something everyone should do.”
Talk to me

Have you read Fangirl? What did you think of it? Have you read anything else by Rainbow Rowell? Do you have any suggestions of books similar to this one? LET ME KNOW! :)

Guest Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

I’d like to introduce to you my very first guest reviewer on Books, etc.! I met Monica this year at Queen’s, and she loves to talk books as much as I do. We always chat over coffee after our Wednesday morning class about our latest reads, and give each other book recommendations! So, one day I offered her the opportunity to write some guest reviews for the blog, and she took the opportunity. Here’s Monica, to introduce herself to you a little bit :)

Hey I’m Monica and I’m a student here at Queen’s in Con-Ed. I’ve always loved reading books, especially YA ones and it was great to meet Natalie and talk about all the different ones we’ve read! I loved the opportunity to write a review for the blog! Aside from reading I love history and watching Netflix. Hope you guys like the review!!

Grave MercyTitle/Author: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Publisher/Year: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 3, 2012
Rating:  ★½
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Series: Yes! (His Fair Assassin Book 1)
Other Books by Author: Dark Triumph (sequel!!!)
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My Thoughts copy

I absolutely loved this book.  At times I got confused with all the characters that were involved, but thankfully there was a cast list at the beginning of the book that cleared everything up for me!  I had no problem figuring out who the important characters were, and keeping track of the nobility was tough but totally worth it. I could easily figure out who I intensely disliked and who became my favourite minor character.  As soon as I finished this book I waited incredibly impatiently for the sequel to come out, even though you don’t technically need to read it.  I just grew so attached to the minor characters as well as the major ones that I had to see where they all ended up after Grave Mercy.

One of my favourite aspects of this book was the setting. I’m a huge history fan so the fact that it was set in Medieval Europe and introduced the intricacies and backstabbing plots was one of the best parts of the book for me! I found myself really rooting for the Duchess and playing detective myself trying to figure out what exactly was going on.

And Ismae is one of my favourite female heroines; I mean the fact that she was such a badass during a time where women were basically nothing was fantastic. Plus there was the whole, she can kill you if you cross her, which was pretty hardcore.  Despite all this, she has such strong loyalties and is an interesting combination of someone who can handle herself fine in some situations, but can be completely unsure and insecure about herself in other situations. It made me really root for her, especially when she throws herself into her new life at the convent and loves it simply because she was accepted as is.

And then of course there’s Gavriel Duval who is part of Ismae’s cover when she goes to the high courts of Brittany.  Both of them were so suspicious of each other and it was so easy to see their dislike of each other from the beginning.  So it was even better when they begin to trust and befriend each other instead of being at each other’s throats.

Final Thoughts

It was really nice to read a book that made me really root for the main characters and want to sneak a peek of the ending before I got there (I stayed strong though!). Grave Mercy kept me up reading all night as I tried to figure out what exactly was going on – all the twists and turns kept me guessing right up to the end.  I’ve already read the second book in the series, Dark Triumph, and am now eagerly awaiting the third!!

4.5 hearts

Favourite Quote

“When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.”

Second opinions

Giselle said “Sign me up!”

Christa said “Amazing book” and “Really well crafted story.”

Brittany says “Buy it. NOW.”

Talk to me

Have you read Grave Mercy? What were your thoughts on it? Do you like the cover? If you haven’t read it, do you think you will? LET ME MONICA KNOW! :)

Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

the promise of amazingTitle/Author: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Publisher/Year: Balzer + Bray on December 31, 2013
Rating:  ★½
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Nope!
Other Books by Author: None yet
How I got this Book: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thanks HarperCollins!
Summary From Goodreads: Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

My Thoughts copy

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine was not as amazing as the title leads you to believe. Sadly, there wasn’t much amazing in there for me at all.  Wren Caswell was a likeable character, but she wasn’t anything special. She was too typical for me. You know, the indecisive, average at everything, middle of her class (socially and academically) kind of girl. Wren works at her family’s Banquet hall, and while working one night, she saves a hottie teen boy from chocking to death on a cocktail weenie. And then BAM! Instalove hits you right in the face.

We learn that this boy Wren saved is Grayson Barrett, a bad boy who wants to change his ways… maybe? He manages to land a job working for Wren’s family’s business to, you guessed it, be closer to Wren and spend more time with her! Told from dual point of view, this is where the book took a turn for the worst. From this point onward – and even a little bit before – all we ever got to read about was the internal banter of Wren and Grayson each wondering if the other one liked them (which they obviously did) and what they should do about it.

We also got to read about Grayson and all of his past term-paper-pimp antics, and his band of miscreant friends and all of the trouble that they like to get into. Which to me, just didn’t seem realistic. I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ve never heard of a group of young teenagers doing things like that before. But even Grayson alone didn’t do it for me. He just didn’t seem like a good person, even though he was trying to change.

Final Thoughts

All in all, The Promise of Amazing started out kind of okay. I’ve got to admit, the moment that Wren saves Grayson from choking was kind of cute. But after that it all went downhill for me. I found the characters underdeveloped and unrealistic, and therefore I couldn’t connect with any of them. And I also found the plot (/lack of a real plot other than their internal bantering?) mind-numbingly boring. But, it has a really cute cover!

1.5 hearts

Second opinions

Diane said The Promise of Amazing “had so much potential but lost its steam.”

Amber said it was “bland.”

Debby said “It wasn’t a completely terrible read.”

Talk to me

Have you read The Promise of Amazing? What were your thoughts on it? Do you like the cover? If you haven’t read it, do you still think you might, or is it a no-go? LET ME KNOW! :)

Mini Book Reviews: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

As most of you know, this summer had been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! And now that I’m actually in university, life is even more hectic! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

review cinder

cinderSummary from Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 What I liked:  Well, I am already a big fan of fairy tale retellings, and I just loved this futuristic take on the classic Cinderella story! I thought that Cinder’s relationship with her stepsister Peony was so perfect, and I also liked that Cinder was such an independent girl!

What I didn’t like:  The only this that is holding me back from giving this book a solid 5 stars is the fact that the BIG TWIST was for me, totally foreseeable. I had 100% guessed it at the first time it was mentioned. Oh well, still good :P

Swoon factor?:  YES! Prince Kai is soooooo dreamy <3<3<3

Favourite character:  Iko, Cinder’s little helper robot/friend!

Favourite quote: “Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

Rating: 4.5 hearts

review for darkness shows the stars

for darkness shows the starsSummary from Goodreads: It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PersuasionFor Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

What I liked: Where do I start?!?! I loved everything about this book. Its beautiful prose, the characters and their development, the world building, the story. I should have read this long ago, and I can picture myself reading this book a thousand times over. I also definitely need to check out Persuasion by Jane Austen now too. Simply put, there isn’t one thing about this book that I disliked.

What I didn’t like: See above ;)

Swoon factor?: Yup! And with another character named Kai, just like in Cinder above! What are the chances of that??

Favourite character: Elliot North. She was a smart young girl that knew where she stood in the world and knew exactly what she needed to do to take care of herself and her family and friends.

Favourite quote: “Three syllables and three thousand memories.”

Rating: 5 hearts

review city of bones

city of bonesSummary from Goodreads: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

What I liked: City of Bones definitely draws you in and keeps you hooked. Once you start reading you really can’t stop because you just NEED TO KNOW what is going to happen next! The world building in this book is pretty good, and gives you a good understanding of the hidden life that is happening all around. And then there is Jace. Oh, Jace. He’s a pretty boy Shadowhunter who also plays the piano. What’s not to love?

What I didn’t like: Well, there is a love triangle which I am not usually a fan of, but it kind of works here. No instalove, which is good, but yeah, still a triangle.

Swoon factor?: I personally like Jace the best out of the two boys involved in the love triangle. The other is Simon, Clary’s best friend. But for me, Jace is the one she belongs with. I appreciated the buildup to their romance and the fact that it wasn’t instalove, and I also like that Jace is blonde and pretty kick-ass if you ask me!

Favourite character: Clary. She does what she has to do for herself and isn’t just some helpless little girl character.

Favourite quote: Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

Rating: 5 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below!!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3

Mini Book Reviews: Angelfall by Susan Ee, The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell, and The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

As most of you know, this summer had been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! And now that I’m actually in university, life is even more hectic! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

review angelfall

angelfallSummary from Goodreads: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercyof his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 What I liked:  First of all, I want to thank Octavia for sending me this book! I won it through one of her twitter giveaways a while back. It took me a while to get started with the book, but after lots of prodding from Debby, Octavia, and Nikki, I finally started it! To be honest, I was quite skeptical of this book. I’m not usually a huge fan of angel books, but this one took me completely by surprise, and I ended up LOVING IT! This book starts right off the bat with some serious action, and it never slows down! You will be in the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading this book. It’s insane! There are also some pretty crazy plot twists.

What I didn’t like:  Honestly, nothing. This book was perfect just the way it is.

Swoon factor?:  Yes!! And there is NO INSTALOVE!!!!! Yaaaaayyyyyy!!!! The romance between Raffe and Penryn is perfect. It progresses nice and slow, just like a real life relationship.

Favourite character:  Penryn. She’s such a kick-ass heroine, and at the same time has the thoughts and actions as a real life teenage girl. She’s just a perfect character!

Favourite quote: “What if they don’t let us go through?” I ask, trying not to move my lips.
“They will,” he answers from the dark recesses of the backseat footwell.
“How do you know?”
“Because you have the look they’re looking for.”
“What look is that?”
“Beautiful.” His voice is like a caress from the shadows.”

HOW CUTE IS RAFFE OMG.

Rating: 5 hearts

carrie diearies review

carrie diariesSummary from Goodreads: Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

What I liked: I picked up this book from the library because I’ve seen the first season (plus other random episodes) of Sex and the City and I wanted to learn more about Carrie and how she ended up doing what she’s doing in the NYC. This book was only ok for me. The only thing I really liked about this book was seeing Carrie develop more as a writer, and figuring out who she is as a writer. Other than that, not too much about this book appealed to me. (see below)

What I didn’t like: Quite a bit of stuff. The way guys and girls interact in this book is crazy, and completely unrealistic if you ask me! Two can be dating each other one day, and then broken up and dating someone else the next!! There was also a lot of smoking and drinking in this book, which I understand does happen, but for some reason it just didn’t sit right with me in this book. Carrie is also sometimes a bit of a bitch to her “best friend,” which I wasn’t a fan of.  Also, the book wasn’t particularly well written.

Swoon factor?: Kind of, but it didn’t work for me. NO MORE LOE TRIANGLES!

Favourite character: Carrie…. but only because I had to choose someone.

Favourite quote: “What if I’m a princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?”

Rating: 2.5 hearts

the duff review

the duff coverSummary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

What I liked: UHM, everything?!?! Well, close enough to everything. This book is pretty much flawless. Bianca is such a real portrayal of today’s teenage girl. In fact, almost all of the characters in this book were fairly realistic. I also enjoyed how although this book dealt with some heavy-ish issues, they were handled very well, and they also didn’t take away from the main plot of the book. Can I also just throw in there that this book was written by an 18 year old girl!!!! I was blown away when I found that out! I also laughed out loud multiple times when reading this book!

What I didn’t like: My only small complaint about this book is that the teens (as realistic as they are) seem slightly more sex-obsessed than all of the teenagers I know.

Swoon factor?: YES!!! Bianca + Wesley = <3

Favourite character: Bianca. She’s just so real! (I know I know I said it before, but it’s so true!)

Favourite quote: “Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High… but he was kind of hot. Maybe if you could put him on mute… and cut off his hands… maybe—just maybe—he’d be tolerable then. Otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit.”

Rating: 4.5 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below!!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3

Mini Book Reviews: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd, Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

As most of you know, this summer has been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

mini review if you find me

if you find me

*** Recommended to me by Judith. If she ever recommends something to you, you listen.***

Summary from Goodreads: There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

 What I liked: EVERYTHING!!!! I am not kidding. This book was fantastic! I couldn’t put it down the entire time I was reading it. Emily Murdoch is a writing genius, and this was most definitely one of the best – if not the best – debut novel I have ever read! Murdoch took such great care in writing from Carey’s POV as someone who does not know much about civilized life, and the way she describes simple things that Carey has never seen before is amazing. Also, being an only child myself, I really appreciate reading about a great sibling relationship as I don’t have one myself and love living them vicariously through books! Carey and Janessa are perfect, and are definitely up there tied for the top of my favourite sibling relationships along with Sam and Dean from Supernatural!!! Anyway, I can’t say enough good things about this book! READ IT NOW and thank me later.

What I didn’t like: Nothing. I literally have not one single complaint about this book. Except maybe that it could have been longer. So that I didn’t have to stop reading it so soon and that the amazingness would never end!!!

Swoon factor?: It’s not a huuuuge factor in this book, but there is this boy named Ryan Shipley, and he’s perfect. <3

Favourite character: Carey. She’s amazingly awesome and takes care of her little sister so well.

Favourite quote: “I answer her with my silence, understanding the full power of it for the first time. Words are weapons. Weapons are powerful. So are unsaid words. So are unused weapons.”

Rating:  5 hearts+ a million more hearts!

mini review the madman's daughter

the madman's daughter Summary from Goodreads: In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

What I liked: This book was another fast favourite of mine! I’ve never read The Island of Dr. Moreau before, but I think I might have to now so that I can see what Megan Sheperd pulled from that book in her retelling. The Madman’s daughter was perfectly dark and creepy and had just the right amount of plot twists and shocks woven in! Juliet is a strong female MC, which I just love so much. I also was a fan of both male characters present, Montgomery and Edward, however I think I liked Montgomery just the tiniest bit more than Edward. Also, THE ENDING! Megan did an amazing job of leaving just me on a little bit of a cliffhanger, and throwing in another twist! I need the next book, NOW!

What I didn’t like: My only minor reservation about this book is that there is a bit of animal torture/death…. Now, had I known anything about The Island of Dr. Moreau, I would have been a tad more prepared for this. I am one of those people who react so much more to animal deaths in books/movies, so this was a little bit hard for me to swallow. Nevertheless, don’t let that hold you back from reading a fantastically creepy book!!!

Swoon factor?: I didn’t really fall hard for either love interest in this book, but like I said above, I like Montgomery a little bit more than Edward.

Favourite character: Juliet. She was the perfect strong female MC, with just the right amount of sass!

Favourite quote: “The ways of men and women are such a puzzle. And I could barely decipher my own feelings, let along anyone else’s.”

Rating: 5 hearts

mini review pretty girl 13

pretty girl13 Summary from Goodreads: Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she’s returned home…only to find that it’s three years later and she’s sixteen-or at least that’s what everyone tells her.

What happened to the past three years of her life?

Angie doesn’t know.

But there are people who do — people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her “alters.” As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?

What I liked: Pretty Girl-13 has some crazy heavy subject matter, and the way that Liz Coley deals with it and writes about it is amazing. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of research that would have had to go in to writing a book like this. Pretty Girl-13 goes to show just how much the human brain is capable of, and how far it will go to protect you. This is one book that I literally couldn’t put down, and I had finished it in a matter of only a few hours. Kudos to Liz for writing such an entertaining book!

What I didn’t like: The only thing holding me back from giving this book five stars is that unfortunately, it was a tad too predictable for my liking. By the time I had made it to the HUGE OMG moment, I had guessed it. But still, it’s an amazing twist, if not slightly too much strangeness if you know what I mean.

Swoon factor?: As much as I love for books to have a love interest and kissing, this book wouldn’t have been able to incorporate that, and that’s ok. It would have been waaaay too much and would have made everything a big mess.

Favourite character: Due to spoilery things, I can’t tell you who my favourite character is, except for that it isn’t Angie… Read it and find out!

Favourite quote: “For three long years all I’ve wanted is to know what happened to you. Now, I don’t honestly know if I want you to remember.”

Rating:4 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below, and also let me know what you think of the mini review idea!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3