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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What I read 5/17 – 5/23

What I read 5/17 – 5/23

  So this week, I read 4.75 books. I’m not 100% done with the last one yet, so I’m cheating a little. I did read it this week though, so I think it counts. It’s my blog, I’ll do what I want! Title: The Boys of Fire and Ash Author: Meaghan McIsaac Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 336 pages Publishing Information: 5/12/15 Delacorte Books for Young Readers Source: ARC for Review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon This book was like Lord of the Flies meets a fantasy novel. A bunch of boys grow up completely unsupervised in a hostile environment and then leave for parts unknown. Then one day a boy returns. I absolutely loved the religion in this book though. Very interesting back story and the way the history was affecting current events was well thought out.   Title: Control Author: Lydia Kang Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 400 pages Publishing Information: 12/26/13 by Dial Books Source: Free from TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon This novel really reminded me of the X-Men. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. People with differences in their genes (mutants?) are unwanted in the general populace and hidden by one of two groups. The main characters discover this when they are in an accident that kills their father. One girl Dylia is kidnapped by rough men and drug out of the hospital. Her sister, Zelia, is then rescued and […]

Posted May 24, 2015 by Emily in What I read / 0 Comments
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IFTTT Thursday: Fantasy

IFTTT Thursday: Fantasy

In my opinion, the ultimate escapist books are High Fantasy. In a fantasy novel, everything is different. The people, the country, the languages, the culture and everything else are up for the author to invent and describe. When its done well, a reader feels like they have stepped into the pages and are off on the adventure with the characters. I love fantasy novels. I thought long and hard about what books I wanted to highlight today. There are so many good ones and then there are so many popular ones and sometimes, in my opinion, those are two different things. I even thought about mentioning Game of Thrones, which I love, but I couldn’t think of a series to compare it to. I’m going to start with an incredibly popular series of books: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. This series was the first fantasy series I ever read… well after Tolkien of course.  Is this a 90s cover or what?Librarything | GoodReads | Amazon The Wheel of Time is an exceedingly complex story that stretches over 14 volumes plus a prequel. This series has very elaborate world building with everything you would expect in a fantasy series. The magic in the world is interesting and original as is the religion and the prophesies. The story follows 5 main characters, 3 boys and 2 girls, from a very […]

Posted May 21, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 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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Manga Monday: WataMote

Manga Monday: WataMote

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (literally No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!, referred to as “Watamote” for the rest of this post for the sake of brevity) is a comedy manga serialized in Gangan Online, written and illustrated by Nico Tanigawa. Tomoko Kuroki has one desire out of her high school life: to be popular, with a cute boy toy on her arm. However, due to her less than stellar social skills, she instead finds it a struggle to even get through the day. The manga chronicles her life throughout high school and how she slowly (very slowly) comes out of her shell. I will admit, this review will be shorter than my other ones because I find it incredibly hard to be unbiased toward Watamote. In fact, it is almost certainly one of my top five manga of all time with a protagonist that definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite fictional characters in any medium. But I don’t want to gush too much, so I’ll cut myself short here. This series’ greatest strength is its character writing and Tomoko in general. Tomoko does not start this series as a good person. And indeed, as we’ve hit the middle of the series (with the class trip of second year arc going on longer […]

Posted May 18, 2015 by Allison in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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What I read 5/11-5/17

What I read 5/11-5/17

So this was a slow week. I only read 5 books. However, I really enjoyed all of them. 3 were ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) that I received at TLA. Title: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Author: Jon Ronson Genre: Nonfiction Format: ebook Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Riverhead books Source: purchased Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon I love Jon Ronson. He writes nonfiction about odd or interesting topics. This book explores the new trend of internet retribution; the way people’s lives can be destroyed with one stupid comment on social media. I also recommend The Psychopath Test. Title: The Master Author: Kresley Cole Genre: Romance Format: ebook Publishing Information: 2/17/15 by Gallery Books Source: purchased Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon This is number 2 in a series. Its about a Russian mobster who finds love in the least likely place. The Heroine is running from her past and runs straight into Maxsim’s arms.  The story and the characters were very detailed. I like a good story with my romance. Read this if you like Nora Roberts. 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 I’m going to do a more detailed review of Everything,  Everything in a few days. The theme really reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. It was about young love and living every day as if it’s your last. I highly recommend it! It comes out […]

Posted May 17, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized, What I read / 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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Manga Monday: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Manga Monday: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Sorry for no post last week. I was combating the dreaded final projects that every student must face. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (literally Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun) is a romantic comedy four panel manga serialized in Gangan Online, written and drawn by Izumi Tsubaki. High school student Chiyo Sakura has a huge crush on classmate Umetarou Nozaki. If you’re worried that this series that centers on the eternal “Will she confess?!” question, have no fear — from the first page out, Chiyo makes her feelings for him quite clear. However, due to her roundabout way of confessing to him (“I’ve always been your fan!”) Nozaki takes her to mean she’s a fan of his manga, and puts her to work as his assistant. The series follows Chiyo’s adventures in trying to get Nozaki to notice her, and engaging all her friends with Nozaki’s manga. Chiyo is a great heroine both from a romantic and a comedic perspective. Although her crush doesn’t make much sense from a realism standpoint, it still captures the feeling of high school infatuation. She’s sweetly devoted to Nozaki… Perhaps to the point where it clouds her judgment. However, in issues where Nozaki isn’t involved, she can clearly pinpoint the eccentricities of her friends, making her an excellent straight man. This also means that she isn’t the butt of the joke all the time, which is particularly nice […]

Posted May 11, 2015 by Allison in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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TTT Thursday: I won’t keep you in suspense…

TTT Thursday: I won’t keep you in suspense…

Don’t worry, I will run out of stupid pun titles soon. I’m not a huge mystery fan. Mostly its because I’m impatient and I can never wait til the end of the book to find out who did it. I like to flip ahead and see if I’m right. Getting a kindle has curbed my vice of skipping ahead, but in some ways technology makes it worse cause I can find reviews or read wikipedia if I’m really stressing out over not knowing. So mystery isn’t my favorite. Oddly enough though, I love suspense! My choice this week is Rules of Prey… or really the entire Prey series by John Sandford.   I picked the old style cover, since this is how it looked when I first read it. These were the first suspense novels I ever got caught up in. The reason is because the main character, Lucas Davenport, is kind of a jerk. I’m not sure if you are supposed to like him as a character at first. I didn’t. He’s a tough cop. He likes to punch people. He feels that he can basically do anything he wants as long as the end justifies the means. Still, Lucas is a good guy and you can understand his reasoning for what he does even if its not necessarily ‘right’. Every book has a killer who is stalking a […]

Posted May 7, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 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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