Review | Like It Never Happened – Emily Adrian

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Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian

368 pages
Published: June 2, 2015 by Dial Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Summary:

When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

Review:

(and I thought I’d never find something to use this gif for haha ❤ Ollie!)

The title really fits this book .. I kinda want to make it as if it never happened. In all honesty, it wasn’t outright horrible. If it was, I would have stopped reading it a while ago. I pretty much stopped reading this about 55% into it and just started speeding skimming it. I got the gist of the story and wow, it just got crazier. I was very genuinely confused yet … intrigued by it. I wanted to know what was going to happen with the the main character, Rebecca, and the others in the “Essential Five” thespian troupe group or whatever. I’m not a theater person so it was pretty hard for me to connect with Rebecca. This was her passion, this was her life. But that was it. She felt very 1-dimensional and didn’t really have much else going for her character. She was a decent human being with some questionable thought processes but I digress. The “Essential Five” was not my favorite. I understand having your clique and close group of friends but they were very exclusive and looked down on the other thespians because they were the director’s favorites.

Another thing that bothered me was the timeline and pacing. This was especially noticeable in the beginning. I’m pretty sure that the author was doing a present/past flashback thing but it didn’t work out effectively with the way she did it. It just caused some confusion and I got easily irritated because it affected the flow and pacing of the book. The book centers on relationships with boyfriends, friends, teachers, and family. I think the relationship Rebecca had with her sister Mary was the best one here. Everything else felt awkward and just weird. Rebecca’s relationship with Charlie was very rocky. Charlie’s the biggest douchebag and I don’t know what Rebecca or every other character in this book were thinking. He’s downright disrespectful and despicable. I don’t understand Tess and her motives. Tim was hardly mentioned and Liane … I wish there was more Liane.

The last thing that bothered me was how the book was so centered on sex and this mission to lose her virginity when she knows herself that she’s not ready for it. I was also very annoyed about how nonchalant characters were for being slut-shamed and one even glorified in being called a slut and whore? It just really bothered. The smoking habits of teens was also really relevant. Literally everyone smokes? Never seen smoking that prevalent in a book but whatever, maybe I’m just being picky because I’m not a smoker. But still … I felt like it was mentioned way too much. I was actually more interested in the plays that they were doing because they were my favorites (The Crucible and A Streetcar Named Desire).  I’m not saying my teen years were of the norm but it was never this dramatic.

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Review | The Way to Game the Walk of Shame – Jenn P. Nguyen

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The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

306 pages
Published: June 7, 2016 by Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Summary:

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

Review:

(Guys, I’m really serious about all the Oliver Queen gifs – but look how gorgeous he is!)

I read the synopsis for Way to Game and I knew I would love it. These kinds of books are like my guilty pleasures. Sexy guys, drama, fake-relationships, and romance just calls to me. I love the high school drama and it just makes me want to read it while eating popcorn. If you want cute banter and just plain entertainment, you’ll find it with this book. Don’t go expecting some kind of plot twist. I know that fake relationships in books is predictable and it’s the same with this book but I don’t care, I loved this book. It was light and fluffy and just what the doctor prescribed.

Setting aside the obvious double standards playing in this book, it was still a lot of fun. Taylor is your nerdy and bullied teen who ends up waking up in the same bed with the playboy Evan. SCANDALOUS! How does the little genius resolve this?? She has Evan [fake] date her in real life and make it seem as if she’s the girl who turned the playboy into a one-woman kind of guy. Seriously… I loved the plot haha. Just like other fake relationships, you find that people who actually spend time together start having deeper and meaningful feelings. I love how it developed and that it wasn’t entirely forced. I love their cute banter and let’s be honest, the romance was straight up adorable.

If you’re looking for a pick me up and just want a good read that will make you feel the feels and leave you happy, pick this up. The plot and pacing is great and it’s such an easy and fun read. I like that even though it had the opportunity to be more dramatic than it could be, it was straightforward and was dealt between Evan and Taylor. I liked that the dramatics didn’t have to involve the entire school and that their relationship was really a secret.

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Blog Updates! I’m Back!!

Hey there fellow bookworms! It’s me … Anjie. I know, I know. I feel like I have to re-introduce myself? I have not touched this blog since March. I’ve been having a terrible year and haven’t had the time to dedicate to my blog. Fortunately, there will be some changes in the coming future. So many things have happened since my last post, too. I also have hit a bad reading slump. I’ve only read 19 books this year so far! What is that?

Blogger Updates!

  • First and foremost, the best thing that has happened to me these past few months was the birth of my precious, precious niece! She was born on April and just hit the 2 month mark a couple of days ago. She was born a month early and was only 5 pounds but was as healthy as can be. Thank God there were no complications and now she’s a 10 pound baby! She took up a lot of my time, since I spent week after week at my sister’s helping her take care of Isabella. I call her Belly xD. She’s the cutest niece ever! I say this cause she’s my only niece haha okay, okay. I’ll stop talking about her. Here’s a picture of her! Isn’t she perfect?!? 
  • The great thing about having not blogged in such a long time is that I have so much content to catch up on! I have so many reviews coming up, including A Court of Wings and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (akjhgksjhae!!!). I also have to show you guys some projects I’ve worked on like book defacing (oh the horror!) and current obsessions like basically buying ever book-inspired candle out there!
  • The news I’m most excited to share is that I now have a CO-BLOGGER!! YES!! You read it right! The best part is that she’s also my BEST FRIEND! Guys! I can’t wait for you to meet her! Her name is Carolina (or just Caro)! She is awesome. I met her last year but you know what it’s like when you bond over books and characters! We have similar tastes in books and we’ve already done a couple of buddy reads. So watch out for some Point-of-Two Reviews!

  • Because of my new co-blogger, I will be updating the blog and adding her bio and everything! I’ll also try to keep with my book reviews. I am so behind. I think I have around 7 books to review (kill me now).

  • My new obsession: Arrow!!! The DC Comic TV Show on CW!! I am so obsessed guys! Any Arrow fans out there? I saw the first season when it first came on Netflix and I just stopped afterwards. I finally started watching again and I could not stop! For two days, I stayed on my bed just watching Arrow. I didn’t even eat and I barely slept. Guyyssssss I love Oliver Queen! I also tried watching Flash but ehh not there yet for me. But yessss to Grant Gustin! I also caught up to Supernatural! Whattt! I never thought I would and honestly seasons 1-5 were the best seasons.

  • BE PREPARED FOR A BUNCH OF ARROW/OLIVER QUEEN GIFS COMING YOUR WAY!
  • Okay, so maybe not that many changes have happened … especially when it comes to work. It still sucks haha pretty much  nothing as changed on the job front.

I just want to thank you guys for still following me and I’m so sorry for being away! It’s crazy this life. I can’t wait to get back to blogging! How are you guys?! I miss you all and I hope everything is well on your end.

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Review | The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave #1

457 pages
Published: May 7, 2013 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Summary:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Review:

The 5th Wave was never high up in my TBR list. I’m not really into the alien thing. Books with aliens are hit or miss for me. I’ve had the book with me for years now and I wanted to check it off but never found the need to read it. It wasn’t until the movie was in Starz. I decided to watch it. I’ve watched book adaptations before as an indicator if I should read a book or not. While the movie didn’t blow my mind with awesomeness, I really enjoyed it and knew that the book should be better. I picked up and started reading right after the credits rolled. If you didn’t like the movie, you will really like the book. They are so different but in a good way.

I enjoyed the characters and I love that it switches between them. It helps you get a glimpse of each character and help you fall for them. I like that the POVs weren’t all the same. You can tell who was “talking” in each chapter. While I did enjoy them, I didn’t overly love them – as I usually am when it comes of Sci-Fi characters. Along with that, I felt like the story was just that … a story. I didn’t feel as sucked into the world as I wanted to (hence the one star deficit). But I really did enjoy it. I’m not racing to get the second book and again that’s mostly because I don’t really read books with aliens – that’s just a personal choice.

What I really like about the book and what made it feel unique was the waves. The aliens really planned out their invasion. Maybe my alien-virginity is showing but I like how it was like step by step way to eliminate the population. I mostly really liked the plot twists. They were fantastic and really pushed the plot forward. There’s a twist with Evan but the twist with the alien invasion and their plans were so, so good. It surprised me. I think that the second half was better than the first and I am looking forward to what the second and third book have in store for me.

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Review | How to Keep Rolling After A Fall – Karole Cozzo

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How to Keep Rolling After A Fall by Karole Cozzo

272 pages
Published: August 2, 2015 by Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Summary:

After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance.

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.

Review:

I was introduced to Karole Cozzo through Netgalley when I read her first book… and I LOVED it! I even went out afterwards to buy it. I was so excited for her next book and immediately bought this when it came out. It took me longer to actually get to it (TBR lists that never end!) BUT I finally did and boy do I regret waiting. I love Cozzo’s writing style and how it elicits so much emotions. I don’t really have anything in common with Nikki, nothing at all really. However, I was able to connect with her. I felt what she felt and understood her. Her situation is tricky because she is caught in the cyber bullying incident. She isn’t directly responsible for it but she didn’t stop it either. However, as you read on, you can tell she really did felt remorse. The outcome of her taking the fall for the cyber bullying was incredibly hard and how she is treated by both her family and her “best friends” was truly heartbreaking.

Enter Pax – who is everything that I would want in a guy. He’s the total opposite of me and of Nikki. He’s very uplifting and positive. He’s charming and funny (wait guys, I’m funny too, so not the TOTAL opposite of me haha). Anyway, he is going through his own challenges and because of some bad choices, he was paralyzed. I like how he has come to terms with what happened but that he also still struggles, especially when it comes to Nikki. I love the way their relationship was weaved together. They definitely bring each other up. At first, it only felt like Pax was helping Nikki out but then you see the synergistic (big fancy word I learned in nutrition lol) effect of their relationship. Basically, they work together to produce a greater effect.

What I love about this book was all the struggles they went through – aye does that make me sound like a sadistic reader? Let me explain. I love their challenges because you get to see how they worked to overcome it. I liked that there wasn’t this simple solution and that it just wasn’t done overnight. They worked hard for it. I mean, it also added the drama, which HELLOOOO! Bring out the tissues! I also liked that it dealt with cyber bullying. I feel like that form of bullying is increasing nowadays with the technology and even though it kind of was like PSA, it didn’t feel like one. There are dangers to cyber bullying and ignoring it or letting it happen doesn’t help the victim. Well, that’s my PSA of that day.

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Review | White Hot Kiss – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Dark Elements #1

348 pages
Published: February 25, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Review:

To be completely honest, I did not know what to expect with this one. I absolutely love anything and everything from Jennifer L. Armentrout. But I admit, the cover and the title threw me off. It was pre-judgment on my part but who else hasn’t judged a book by it’s cover. I seriously don’t know how she does it! Every. Single. Time. I read her books and she pulls me into the world and makes me addicted. White Hot Kiss is no different! I cannot wait to read more from the series. I was really hesitant at first about the whole gargoyles but hey! It’s a new topic and it was cool.

The main character is half Gargoyle/”Warden” and half demon. You know with that kind of DNA she is bound to be something special. She lives with Wardens, who protect the world and she is raised into believing that demons are the big bad wolves. (Aren’t they always?) Anyway, her purpose with the Wardens come into question when she meets the demon Roth. Layla is in luuuurve with her best friend Zayne but it’s a huge no-no because she’s half demon (the whole soul sucking thing) and they can’t have kids to increase the Warden population. I loved both Zayne and Roth, for different reasons. They are very different in personality but they are similar in how much they care for Layla and want to protect her … it’s just displayed in a different way.

Other than having amazing characters, the plot was so fantastic! It kept you on the edge. It had romance, friendship, action, and you know lots of drama to keep you glued to the pages. Now there are some frustrating scenes with Zayne but in the end, you can tell how much he does care and love Layla. Now that ending, prepárate! (Get ready/prepare yourself). It’s intense and shocking and it will leave you crying on the floor! It was so surprising. I cried a lot haha.

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Review | By Your Side – Kasie West

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By Your Side by Kasie West

346 pages
Published: January 31, 2017 by Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Summary:

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Review:

Kasie West books are always an auto-buy for me. I fell in love with her contemporaries and her writing style exactly one year ago when I binge read all her published contemporaries. I love the way they made me feel. They were so much fun to read. They are fluffy and light. The same can be said about By Your Side. There’s a lot of reviews that I read about people not enjoying because they we’re expecting a bookworm in a library and that it would be magical. In real-life, we’d all love to be stuck in a library for a weekend and read our lives away, but I mean … how would that translate into a book? But everyone has their opinion. I love West’s books because there’s always something deeper than just the love story. In this book, we have the main character, Autumn, who has an anxiety disorder that she keeps hidden from her friends. Unfortunately, some of her friends think that she’s a flake. Dax, on the other hand, deals with neglect, loneliness, and inability to trust others because of constant moving between foster homes.

They are completely opposite people but I love how they mesh well together. They were so adorable and I love how their relationship develops. I love accepting they are of each other. Autumn opens up a lot more to him than to some of her friends and Dax pretty much gets his first friend in Autumn. I love the progression of the plot. I loved the drama haha. It surprised me actually because I wasn’t expecting it. It gave a good explanation as to why no one was wondering where Autumn was and why no one thought to go back to the library to look for her. Seriously, read this book if you want something easy and fun. The romance is just plain adorable!

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Reread Review | Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices #2
502 pages
Published: December 6, 2011 by Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steam Punk

Summary:

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Review:

We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.

If you know me at all, you know how much I enjoy Clare’s The Infernal Device. This is about the fourth or fifth time I reread the trilogy. I also own like 5 different copies of the books (no judging!). Anyway, I love and I hate whenever I reread this because it’s the book where crap hits the fan. I would say that it’s the most painful book in the trilogy but nothing beats the epilogue of Clockwork Princess – don’t argue with me on this! I still remember the first time I read this, I was dying! I cried so so much. Even after reading it so many times, it still hurts me. Will, Tessa and Jem have become my little babies and I can’t bear to see them in pain.

What I really love about this book is the friendship and love. Clare displays it all so well between the three and even though I do not like the idea of Jem and Tessa, I accept it. I don’t hate it but I mean, I’m 2000% a Wessa shipper. I think I love them more because I see myself in both Will and Tessa, plus Will Herondale is like my fictional boyfriend for life. I really enjoy Clare’s writing style and it makes it that much more enjoyable. This book is definitely tragic and I’m preparing myself for the depression after reading Clockwork Princess.

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