Category: Review

Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Title: Drowning Is Inevitable Author: Shalanda Stanley Genre: YA Format: Paperrback, 288 Pages Publishing Information: 9/8/15 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: Free ARC from TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Olivia has spent her whole live trying to escape from out from under her dead mother’s shadow. She lives with her grandmother, who regularly calls her by her mothers name, “Lillian”. She sleeps in her mother’s perfectly preserved bedroom.  Even when she tries to rebel the entire town thinks she is just acting like her mother. The only people that understand are her best friend, Jamie, her on-again off-again boyfriend, Max, and their friend Maggie. Everything changes when Jamie has a final, horrible fight with his abuse father. Without options, Olivia draws her friends close and runs. Thoughts I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction so this was a a little bit of a stretch for me. I’m really enjoying reading through all the different books I got at TLA, because I’m reading books that I wouldn’t normally pick up. Even if it wasn’t the kind of book I would choose for myself, I’m glad I read it. Olivia really struggled in this book. Every decision that she makes is colored by her mother’s short life and death. Her grandmother, who she lives with, has dementia and thinks that she is her mother. Her father can’t bear to look at her because […]

Posted June 2, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything Author: Nicola Yoon Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information: 9/1/15 by Delacourte Books Source: received free ARC at TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis  Nicola Yoon’s first novel tells the story of a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world. Maddy has a rare disease, SCID or Bubble Boy disease. It means that her immune system doesn’t work the way it should and any small germ can make her seriously ill. A new family moves in next door and Maddy’s entire world changes. She begins a complicated and often wordless friendship with Olly, the boy next door. This book has  diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. Thoughts I loved this book and I can’t say enough good things about it. It sucked me in right from the beginning. I actually read it all in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what happened next. I found the characters to be both likable and believable. When the book opens, Maddy is happy with her life. Its all she’s ever known. She wakes up, chats with her private nurse while doing homework, has her vitals checked every hour like clockwork and never thinks to complain. Then when her mother gets home from work they have dinner together and play a board game before going to bed. Maddy has her mother, her nurse, […]

Posted May 26, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Review: We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Review: We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Title: We are All Made of Molecules Author: Susin Nielsen Genre: YA Format: Paperback,`336 pages Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Andersen Press Ltd Source: ARC for Review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Stewart and his dad are doing OK after his mother’s death. Though, Stewart can tell that his dad is lonely. When his dad meets Ashley’s mom and they make plans to move in together, Stewart is 89.9% happpy. He’s always wanted a sister and Ashley and her mom sound really nice. Ashley’s life is over! First her dad moves out and he says that he’s G. A. Y.! How can he do this to her?!? Then her mom meets someone. In no time at all him and his dorky son, SPEWart move in. No one at school can find out. What would they think? Thoughts I really liked this book. Stewart is very sweet and sensitive but immature at the beginning. He is in the same grade as Ashley, but he’s a year younger and it shows. I got the impression that he was very sheltered and loved by his mother, which is one of the reasons he is so socially awkward, though his is never directly stated. Also he’s brilliant and weird, do that doesn’t help things. He’s dealing with his mother’s death the best way he knows how. He wants to keep objects that his mother loves […]

Posted May 19, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Marry Me, Charlotte B!

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Marry Me, Charlotte B!

Welcome to the Fandomly Bookish blog tour! This is the first one I’ve been invited to do. I love free books as much as the next girl, so I hope that I’m invited back! If you like free books too, then read to the end for the giveaway! Synopsis Nellie Canlas loves her job. She loves being assistant to reality TV star and wedding planner goddess, the fabulous Charlotte Bertram, and she loves working with couples to make their wedding dreams come true. What she doesn’t love is having cameras following her all the time, especially when sheÂ’s crushing hard on the lawyer from another floor.  Robert Bertram doesn’t like planning weddings. He doesn’t like being on TV either. But when he finds himself in possession of NellieÂ’s diary, he thinks he can turn her into anyoneÂ’s dream girl. If he doesn’t fall for her first. Published: 4/30/15 by Midnight Books Genre: New Adult Goodreads – Amazon – Smashwords Things I liked I loved the premise of this book. There are so many reality shows on TV but this is the first book I’ve read that tries to capture that feeling. The story is really cute and I thought that the premise was very original. Its unusual to find a way to approach a romance that hasn’t been attempted before and I think Carla De Guzman succeeded there! Nellie is a […]

Posted May 14, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Release Date: Out Now This book was a difficult read. Not because it was badly written or uninteresting. It was difficult because it was so incredibly well written. This book’s subject was heavy and at points it was hard to carry on. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth while. This is a book that will continue to hold your thoughts long after you put it down. I didn’t know much about this book before I picked it up. I knew I liked Neal Shusterman. I knew I wanted to read this book. I knew what the back cover said. “Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.” This was both a good and a bad way to read this book. I will let you decide if you want to know more.

Posted May 5, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Bad Kid: A Memoir by David Crabb

Review: Bad Kid: A Memoir by David Crabb

**UPDATE I’m giving away a copy!  http://www.emilyreadseverything.com/?p=68 ** Bad Kid: A Memoir on Growing up Goth & Gay in Texas By David Crabb Publication date: May 2015 This isn’t my normal kind of book. I don’t read too many memoirs. I’m not opposed to them but I usually read more fiction. If all memoirs are as funny as this one was, I will definitely be reading more. Just like the title says, David Crabb is gay and goth and growing up in San Antonio, Texas.  David falls in love with the cute boy in his gym class the moment he sets eyes on him. They become fast friends, bonding over their mutual differences. Together they sneak out at night, party at clubs they are too young to enter legally, meet the wrong sort of people and get in tons of trouble. Its a coming of age story and a story about being an outcast. David has a long, hard struggle to figure out where he belongs. This book is filled with unrequited love, drug use and unsupervised teenagers. I could tell that I’m getting older because I spent the entire book wondering, “Where are the parents?!?” I also wanted David to wise up and figure out that he had terrible friends who were only interested in themselves. I didn’t agree with many of the choices that David made. However, I empathized with […]

Posted April 28, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Manga Monday: Gakkou Gurashi!

Manga Monday: Gakkou Gurashi!

Hello. I like reading as well, though unlike Emily, I don’t read everything. I do read a lot of one thing, though and that is manga, aka Japanese comic books. On Manga Monday, I’ll detail some manga for you in a hopefully informative manner. Gakkou Gurashi! (literally Living at School!) is a slice of life manga serialized in Manga Time Kirara Forward, written by Norimitsu Kaihou and and illustrated by Sadoru Chiba. It stars Yuki Takeya and her friends in the School Life Club as they try to perform various helpful tasks around her school, and occasionally get into trouble. To go into depth about what I enjoyed about this manga, I’ll unfortunately have to mildly spoil it (though most of this is implied or outright shown in the first chapter). Spoilers follow the cut.

Posted April 27, 2015 by Allison in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

  Book Talk Daniel has been accepted to a prestigious summer college prep program held at a university in New Hampshire. Unfortunately the normal college dorm is closed for renovations. This summer the students are being housed in an older building on campus, that just happens to be an old mental hospital. Daniel and his two new friends must race to figure out what secrets the building holds before someone else gets hurt. This is the first book in a trilogy. Review This book reminded me, and everyone else, of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Asylum makes use of creepy black and white photographs  and hand written notes that just add to the unsettling feeling the author is cultivating. However, unlike Miss Peregrine, this book is not paranormal. Everything that happens is caused by natural means. Asylum is rated YA but I would place it a little younger than that. The characters are still in high school. That doesn’t automatically make it appeal to a younger audience but Daniel and his friends were immature. There was a little romance that was sweet, innocent and at odds with the horror theme that the author was going for. Nothing says horror like young love and first kisses. I just didn’t connect to this book the way I wanted to. I didn’t like the characters. I wasn’t scared. When […]

Posted April 22, 2015 by Emily in Review / 4 Comments
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