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I finally have a book blog!  I've been toying with the idea and even made it in August, but then talked myself out of it.  However, I've decided I'm going to do it!  I really just want a little corner where I can talk about books that's not necessarily a social media site.

 

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I was reading an essay and this just hit me so hard:

 

"My master used to read prayers in public to the ship's crew every Sabbath day; and when I first saw him read, I was never so surprised in my life, as when I saw the book talk to my master, for I thought it did, as I observed him look upon it, and move his lips. I wished it would do so with me. As soon as my master had done reading, I followed him to the place where he put the book, being mightily delighted with it, and when nobody saw me, I opened it, and put my ear down close upon it, in great hope that it would say something to me; but I was very sorry, and greatly disappointed, when I found that it would not speak. This thought immediately presented itself to me, that every body and every thing despised me because I was black." -Gronniosaw

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | In the After by Demetria Lunetta

In the After - Demitria Lunetta

3.5 flesh eating stars.


Imagine having to live in silence. You must walk without shoes, keep your lips pressed tightly together and breathe as shallowly as possible. Imagine having to do this for hours, then days, and then years. Imagine living in constant fear that if you breathed too loudly, if you dropped something, if you even sneezed, then you would die. Could you do it? Forever?


 In the After is about the destruction of humanity as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl. Humans have been killed off by creatures called “Florae” which annihilated entire cities in the span of months. Florae feast on human flesh and if you meet one, you either kill it or it kills you. Before, Amy was a normal- if not ambitious - tween girl, doing well in school and preparing for her future which would probably have been in politics. After, she is a survivor, living day by day scrounging for food and keeping to herself. She finds herself the reluctant “older sister” of a toddler she names “Baby.” Life in the After is difficult, and staying alive becomes even trickier after Amy makes an error in judgment.


One of the best aspects of this novel is Amy Harris’s characterization. From the beginning, she is more intense than the typical 16-year-old girl and brief glimpses into her past show that she has always been an intense student and child. This intensity, which led her to earn great grades in school, is what also helps her stay alive. She’s quiet, resourceful and observant, which also leads to her being a quick learner. She is not the most empathetic character, nor the easiest to like, but given the circumstances her personality is necessary. I was glad that Lunetta created a character focused on staying alive and not focused on getting people (or readers) to like her.


The mystery that appears halfway through the novel is where I actually began to really enjoy myself. It’s interesting because most people seemed to have enjoyed the first half, which resembles a survivalist apocalypse novel, but I preferred the second. Watching Amy unravel the mystery of the path month that she has been unconscious/out-of-the-picture was, in my opinion, handled delicately. I am a huge fan of slow reveals and each chapter led to more and more build up.


Granted, the “big reveal” at the end became obvious, but that didn’t deter me from my enjoyment because it became more important to see how Amy would take the development, not how I would react to it.


The characters are not as fleshed out as they could’ve been. Amy was the only one I felt like I really understood, but Baby is in most of the novel and, other than her “strange-ness,” I never got the opportunity to know. Other examples of this are all of the characters that are introduced in the second half of the novel. I never felt as if they had their own unique voices, with the exception of Dr. Reynolds – and even then, while his plans were made clear, his intentions or motives never satisfied me.

 

Because the characters felt 2D, the romance never struck a chord with me either.  But at that point, the romance was so low on my list of priorities for this book that the fact that it felt a bit shallow didn't bother me.


And, since this is an audiobook, a rating of the reader would be appropriate. This audiobook was read by Julia Whelan, who I thought did an extraordinary job. I am looking forward to hearing her again in the next novel, In the End.


Overall, I feel this was more successful as an audiobook than it would have been had I read it. The build up and reveals are perfect for narration and the story is the kind that you would enjoy listening to late at night when you find yourself most susceptible to fear.

BOOK HAUL
BOOK HAUL

I got all of these books for only $40 at BookOutlet.  I think I've found my new favorite online bookstore.  I cannot wait to dig into these.  I've heard such good things!

 

(And they're all HARDBACK COPIES!)

 

 

BOOK REVIEW | The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

I'm really starting to feel like I'm not the intended audience for this.

 

While this book was still cute, it boarded way too close on cheesy multiple times throughout the novel. The plot is rather contrived and convoluted, and things only work out for Percy and his friends because the author wants it to happen. There is no logical course of events. It's all just wrapped up with a pretty bow on top of it and I'm supposed to accept their last minute rescues like that's good planning or good writing. But it's not. Maybe if I had read this 15-years ago I would have been enchanted. The fact that Percy gets rescued repeatedly or has some last minute brilliant idea that makes no sense would have been fine because I would be able to feel more engaged in the story. But as it stands, I'm just not feeling engaged.

 

The simplicity of the writing is really starting to get to me. And when there is simple writing and simple plots, it means there is simple characters, too. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that Percy, who went through his own Quest last summer and saw monsters galore, cannot figure out that the 6'3" kid who is in his 7th grade class isn't a regular kid. I cannot accept that Percy wouldn't be unnerved by a random shadow with no body. I can't even believe that his mother would overlook these things. It's all just a way for the plot to build, but it's done so poorly that it's ridiculous. And this is done multiple times. There are so many instances where something is so obvious that I'm baffled as to how Percy missed it. Instead of the ignorance adding to the plot, it makes the characters seem stupid and it's also incredibly unrealistic given their circumstances.

 

I was unhappy with how Rick Riordan portrayed villains in my last review. While that wasn't nearly as bad - and there were even some heroes who were "ugly" in the story - it was still there a bit. But "a bit" is tolerable. Every chapter, which is my issue with The Lightning Thief, is exhausting.

 

Overall, I'm starting to lose interest in this series. I'll still read the rest of it simply because I own all of the books, but I'm not nearly as excited as I was before. I really hope the series will redeem itself for me.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost

At Grave's End - Jeaniene Frost

I can't exactly pinpoint why I'm rating this two less stars than the first two in the series, only that I didn't find "At Grave's End" to be as compelling as the first two Night Huntress novels were. Perhaps it's because the formulaic feeling of the books is beginning to feel redundant and recycled, or because the main villains are dispatched too quickly and too easily, or because I know who's safe and who's not so even if the author tries to trick me into thinking a main character is dead, I know it isn't true. Because it's just not that type of novel and it's not trying to accomplish that.

 

However, when so much of the book is focused more on the action and war aspect than the romance aspect the solid safety that certain characters possess becomes boring. Maybe I've been influenced by "Game of Thrones," but I want to feel anxious when I read a battle scene. I want to be sitting at the edge of my seat, rooting for the side I'm on to come out victorious. I didn't feel that in this novel and maybe that's where I began to become disenchanted.

 

Clearly, I'm still interested in the series, as my 3* rating proves, I'm just not in love with this installment like I was with the first two. I take Goodreads' rating system seriously and 3* means "I liked it." And I did! I just wish there had been more meat in the war between the vampires (and that it hadn't be resolved so quickly). I'm also swiftly growing uncomfortable with Bones' - the main love interest - protective and jealous nature. There was a scene in particular, after they had just finished a job where he becomes ultra alpha-like all because she was doing her job and had to seduce another man. I'm sitting there on the edge of my couch with my head in my hands wondering why it's okay for someone to be so overbearing and demanding to their partner. And, of course, he makes her tell him exactly where the other guy kissed her so that he can kiss her there, too - and make sure he kisses her better. Gag me with your petty and childish behavior, why don't you? (This may also be where another star got scraped off.)

 

Overall, I'm still very much enjoying the series. I'm not quite as excited to start listening to the next books in the series, but I have high hopes for this

Most Read Books in the WORLD! (According to this survey.)

 

 

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I can't even describe my virtual joy right now.  Who's a baker?  Where's Peeta?  Bread and cake can be synonymous, right?  Right!?

BOOK REVIEW | The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

This book was adorable. I don't know why I've waited so long to read the Percy Jackson books. Nearly everyone I know who has read them has loved them - or at least thought they were cute. Finally, on a whim, I picked it up and, while I don't know if I love it, I definitely found it worth the read and will be diving into the second one as soon as I finish this review.

 

The story of The Lightning Thief is as follows: 12-year-old Percy Jackson has always had a problem fitting it. He suffers from dyslexia and ADHD, making school hell to get through and, on top of that, weird things always seem to happen to him to the point where he has been to six different schools in six different years. It turns out that he is a demigod, the child of a god and a human. His eyes are made to read Ancient Greek (hence the dyslexia for English) and his ADHD helps him stay alert in battle. Life is tough being a demigod, though, when your godly father is accused of stealing another god's possession and now the world is on the bring of WW III. And it's up to Percy Jackson and his friends to save it.

 

So, it's cute. It's a typical middle-school fantasy. Who doesn't feel like the weird-o in middle school and who wouldn't love to find out they're a demigod? Heck, at 23 I would still love for someone to tell me I was a demigod and that I had special powers, too. Much in the same way that Harry Potter fulfilled kids' dreams with wizardry, Percy Jackson fulfills them with demigod status. And there's nothing wrong with that. The book is fast paced, easy to read and full of adventure. I very much recommend this to anyone in middle school, anyone in high school and a good deal of people I know who are adults, too.

 

My gripe with this is that it is so middle-school-oriented in its simplicity, that I could never foresee it becoming something like the Harry Potter series did. My best example is the description of nearly all the bad guys vs. the good guys. The bad guys were fat, ugly, had rotting teeth, smelled, etc. The good guys were all very attractive and kind hearted. If that's not amateur writing at its finest, I'm not sure what is. And it also really bothers me because bad guys are so much more ugly or smelly and good guys are so much more than pretty or smart. (Granted, that's if you even want to acknowledge the existence of "good" guys or "bad" guys.) The issue I have is that it's almost a sort of brainwashing, don't you think? Maybe I'm reading into it too much, but it always bothers me when multiple villians are described as "fat" or "ugly." It just gives kids a reason to think that being fat or ugly is something bad, possibly even evil. On the same note, I also hate how heroes are "beautiful." For me, it tries to tell kids that they should aspire to be beautiful, when there are so many better and more important things to be. This book fell prey to those techniques and I was very, very sad. Had he made his villians a bit less stereotypical and his heroes a bit more interesting, this book could have been a 5* read.

 

I know that some readers are going to throw at me two "villians" who weren't ugly or fat, and to that I say:  

Luke was good looking because he had to betray Percy. So his looks were simply used as a way to get Percy under his spell. Yeah, you might say that it shows that not all good looking people are good, but when Percy finds out Luke is evil - the very moment before it is revealed - he thinks to himself how ugly Luke looks brooding. This is simply served to instill my point further. As for Hades, he isn't exactly a villian, you guys. Read some Greek Mythology.

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Overall, I enjoyed the ride this book took me on and am very eager to see what new adventure awaits Percy Jackson and his friends.

BOOK REVIEW | Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

Just One Day by Gayle Forman is about 18-year-old Allyson who takes a Eurovacation before beginning the very exciting adventure of college life. On this vacation, she meets Willem, a young, Dutch actor who proposes they spend a day in Paris. In just one day, Allyson falls head over heels in love with Willem, but then wakes to find him gone. Just One Day explores the concept of losing someone, and then finding yourself.

I hate star ratings. I really do. Because if you look at this, you see 3 stars, which technically, on Goodreads, means "I liked it," but to a great many readers (and authors!) it is seen as something negative. I do not think that this was a bad book. I did like it; I just didn't love it.

Some fault lies with me in my enjoyment of this. I interrupted my reading of this because I was too stupid excited to read Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and then, instead of giving me some time to get that book out of my system, I jumped right back into this one. It was hard to remember that I was reading about Allyson, not Cather, and the love interest was Willem, not Levi.

However, I also just couldn't relate to the narrator. The entire Eurotrip she's on, she constantly bemoans that Europe isn't as pretty as the pictures. Most people would give anything to do what she had just done, but instead she wastes Europe in a haze of negativity. She is not a traveler, and I get that, but it was hard to read past the spoiled brat aspect of her.

The relationships between Allyson and her best friend, and Allyson and her mom were handled beautifully. How many people can relate to having a childhood best friend that then becomes distant when they enter their college years? I certainly can. And watching her mother go from overbearing - a helicopter mother, if you will - to trusting in her daughter, was really well done.

The second half of the book was heaps better than the first, but also was where I had the most problems. Allyson falls into a depression after Willem leaves her for a multitude of reasons, one of which is that she never properly talks it out and another of which is that her mother refuses to believe she's depressed (even though it's obvious) and therefore she never gets any help. That being said, it was still hard for me to understand her. The way I saw it, she was letting one day ruin her entire college experience. It wasn't until she decided to find Willem that I enjoyed the second half of the book.

It's not that I don't believe that people can fall in love in a day; it's that I don't believe she fell in love in a day. It's hard for me to believe that she would wait an entire year before finding him if she were truly in love. Even if she believed he left her, even if she was hurt... wouldn't she have wanted answers before the year mark? Wouldn't that have crossed her mind months earlier?

The ending was not satisfactory for me. If the whole point was about Allyson finding and accepting herself, then

finding Willem at the end of the book was completely unnecessary. She should have stayed on that train to Croatia and been confident in her decision. By going to Willem's house, that, in my opinion, undermines her concept of "finding herself." 

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Also, where the author actually ended the story leaves a lot to be desired. 

Why end it where Willem opens the door? Are we, as readers, supposed to be comfortable with the ending because she finally found him? I thought she was suppose to find herself? Now that she's found Willem, that means he's important and ending it there just didn't cut it.

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I suppose you could argue that she found both, but somehow it felt cheap to me.

Overall, the first half of this book was enjoyable and the last third, when she was finally in Europe, was awesome. I liked seeing Allyson open up and make friends. I liked seeing her learn to like herself. I would recommend this for people who like books about traveling (because the traveling aspects were some of the best parts for me) and YA contemporary.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen follows the tale of Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie - otherwise known as Georgie - as she moves, or rather is kicked out, from her home in Scotland. Georgie is the half-sister of a Duke and 34th in line to the throne, but even though she's royalty, she's dirt poor. Upon coming to London, she realizes that she must get a job. She's excited to begin her new life as an independent, working woman (even though she's never so much as washed dishes) when a dead man shows up in her bathroom and her brother, who had been visiting, is suddenly nowhere to be seen.

I cannot praise the narrator of this book enough. Her accents were spot on, her characterizations were hilarious and she really made it worthwhile. For audiobooks, a shotty narrator can ruin the entire experience, which is what happened to me with True Grit. (And I also learned that I should just never listen to classics in audiobook form.) I see that a lot (as in almost all of) my GR friends rated this book with 3 stars. I think my extra star comes from the excellence of the reader.

Georgie is eloquent without being snobbish, classy without being superior and prudent without being a prude. She's not perfect, but her flaws are easy to relate to. I thought there would be a huge separation between me and Georgie, considering we're nearly 100 years apart, but there really wasn't. 1930s England is made out to be a relatively hip place, and Georgie is more interested in experiencing the world rather than hiding from it.

The love interest, Darcy, is another story. He is the typical playboy, and the jabs made about him being Irish and Catholic always made me laugh. I do feel like the relationship between Georige and Darcy came a bit out of left field because it didn't really have any proper build up, in my opinion. I almost would have preferred her to not get into a relationship with Darcy at all in this book.

(Don't be deceived. Yes, his name is William Darcy, but he is nothing like Mr. Darcy.)

Overall, this was a fun, easy read. I really can't recommend it enough in audiobook form.

BOOK REVIEW | A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

There's not much I could say about this first installment of A Song of Ice and Fire that hasn't been said. The allegories I noticed don't come into play until later in the series and would be spoiler-y to include here.

That being said, I thought I would give my two cents in terms of recommendations: the types of people who I think might want to steer clear of this saga.

Don't Read A Song of Ice and Fire If:

You don't like fantasy. This is a fantasy series and will bore you to tears if you don't already like or have any interest in the genre, whether in book form or movie form.

You are offended by relatively graphic sexual scenes and ample nudity. I would not say the sex scenes in A Song of Ice and Fire are all that graphic, but I've read the works of Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione so my opinion means jack squat in this regard. That being said, I've seen some people be turned off by the book because there is a lot of nudity, sex and allusions to sex. And they're not scenes you can skip either because important plot points come up during these scenes.

Politics makes you want to jump off a cliff. These books span a literal game of thrones: people are trying to 1) rules all of Westeros (the main continent), 2) break off from the monarchy and rule their own section of Westeros, 3) rebel, 4) stay the hell out of it. Although the politics is fictional, there is still quite a bit of it in certain characters' POVs and could potentially be boring.

Complicated scenes - particularly complicated sex scenes - freak you out. This is a medieval world. There are thirteen year olds being sold to thirty year olds and they have sex with each other. I saw a reviewer write about how Dany and Khal Drogo's relationship was a glorified version of Stockholm Syndrome and it completely ruined her enjoyment of the book. If these types of things will upset you to the point where you can no longer enjoy the rest of the book, you might want to steer clear.

You like it when the good guys win. LOL. Sorry. You're not going to find that here.

Graphic depictions of violence make you squeamish or even mentally ill. Just don't put yourself through that, because there's a lot of it.

You need to like or relate to characters to enjoy a story. There are a lot of characters in this series and they all have their flaws and their good points... except for the crazy ones who just have flaws. You may love all most of them, but you may not like a single one.

You've seen the show and you don't like it. You probably won't like the book, either.

I hope that this list of people I think might not enjoy ASOIAF is helpful for those of you who have been toying with read the series. From my 5* review, I am sure you've gathered that I loved this book, but I do realize that the series isn't for everyone.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

One Foot in the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

 

Original reaction:

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these books are so fun.
must buy third book because yes

Actual review:

LOL, so I was really overwhelmed with happiness during this book because just yes, yes, yes! I was so happy to jump back into the Night Huntress adventure again. In the last installment

the heroine left Bones behind because she was trying to protect him and I was so upset. In this installment, Bones didn't appear until I was at the 2 HOUR mark. I had to listen to two hours worth of book without him, but it's okay because the next seven hours were filled with joy.

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Not sure why I put that in a spoiler. I'm assuming if you're reading this review, you've 1) read the first book or 2) don't plan on reading these books at all. Better safe than sorry, I suppose.

It was refreshing to get back into Kat's head and follow her adventures… and there are quite a few adventures in this book. Everything from vampires to ghouls to new boyfriends/girlfriends to Fight Club-esque scenes and creepy-old-men-who-don't-look-old-because-they're-dead. All I can say is that if you liked the first one, the second is just as good. Quite often, when I read romance series, the second book is always better than the first. And there is this general increase in how "good" a book is to me as the series goes on (until it goes on for too long; I'm looking at you, Anita Blake). Therefore, using that logic, I'm expecting the next book to be even better than this one.

All right, so I guess I should cover it since I covered it in the last one… the sex. LOL, I can't even with this book. That sex scene was out of control. I'm cracking up right now just remembering it. Once again, you can skip it. (There are two, actually. One quite short one that didn't really embarrass me because I was like YAY GET IT ON FINALLY and one that had me like OMG THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN HOW IS THIS EVEN I CAN'T FORM A COHERENT THOUGHT.) It was about eight minutes of pure, very strange, sex. I have no regrets.

Overall, I'm still loving this series! I think you can tell from my way-too-excited-and-not-very-thought-out-review that I'm having a lot of fun with it. I am so excited to dive into the third one.

BOOK REVIEW | Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows the story of Cather Avery, a 18-year-old college freshman hailing from Omaha, Nebraska who is obsessed with a franchise called Simon Snow. (Think Harry Potter.*) Cather is a twin who was raised by a mentally unstable father and a mother who left that suffers from her own anxiety problems. She finds solace, comfort and acceptance in the world of Simon Snow, but has sort of forgotten to live in her own.

When I was younger, I loved writing fanfiction. I never "fangirled" over books(that would happen when I was older and started reading Game of Thrones...) but I fangirled like craxy over video games. My fanfictions were various stories using the characters from franchises like Kingdom Hearts, FFX, FFVII, ... most of the Final Fantasies... and even a few anime, like Sailor Moon. But then I got older and my fangirl tendencies seemed to have faded away. (For the most part. Damn you, George R. R. Martin.) (Just kidding, I love you.)

That being said, I really couldn't identify with Cather. She is reclusive, scared and avoidant of nearly all human contact, which is about as opposite of me as it gets. To be honest, when the book first began, I was afraid I was going to end up disliking it because I couldn't get over how clingy she was. However, Rainbow Rowell has a gift. Not only did I get over Cath's imperfections, I ended up really liking her, even before she began to open her eyes to the real world.

Cath somehow got me rooting for her. I wanted her to go out and have fun with her room mate. I wanted her to be a regular 18-year-old girl and not have to worry about her possibly-alcoholic twin, disappearing-and-now-reappearing mother and her wonderful-but-sadly-disturbed father. She had a lot on her plate.

Watching Cath grow was fulfilling. When she finally began going out with her room mate, Reagan (who was a hilarious and very real character), and starting her own romance with Levi (a sweet, adorable 21-year-old with the patience of a saint), I felt really satisfied as a reader. Rowell gently led into Cath's growth and I felt like I was growing with her. Of course she still did things I didn't understand (like how a kiss over Levi's head for three months... get over yourself, girl), but by then I understood her so thoroughly that it made sense.

Cath also grows as a writer. As her world is broadened from the world of Simon Snow to her own, she realizes the endless possibilities that she could write. About herself. About her world. That was a great metaphor for how she had finally accepted her reality.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. The characters were so fleshed out and real that I felt like I was reading a book about my own friends. I'm very excited to check out Rainbow Rowell's other books.

* There is mention of Harry Potter in this book, which sort of confused me. She set up Simon Snow as the Harry Potter of that universe and then threw in HP randomly... I sort of wish that had been edited out. I don't understand the reasoning for that inclusion.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

When I finished listening to Jeaniene Frost's "Halfway to the Grave," the first thing I did was get on Audible and buy the second book. I cannot tell you how much fun I had listening to this. I'm aslo extremely glad I chose to listen to this rather than physically read it, because the reader is phenomenal.

"Halfway to the Grave" follows 22-year-old Kat who is a half-vampire and half-human hybrid. (My sister told me this is called a vampile... is this a thing?) She has made it her life mission to hunt down vampires and stake them through the heart before they get the opportunity to hurt any other innocent people. Her life - and mindset - changes, however, when she meets Crispin -or "Bones"- who convinces her to work for him, hunting down vampires that are dangerous. He shows her that not all vampires are evil and she realizes that she has to re-evaluate her entire perspective of the world.

I loved these characters. Loved. Absolutely adored with unadulterated fondness. It felt as if I were listening to my best friend tell me a story about how she got into killing vampires and then fell in love with one. Kat is relatable... er... maybe not relatable since I'm just full human, but she's personable. I get her. When she made choices I didn't agree with, I never thought she was stupid or annoying; I just sort of shook my head and said, "Bad move girlfriend."

Bones was another fun character to hear about. I loved his dialogue. He is so witty and charming, and their constant banter was hysterical to experience. I sort of couldn't help but root for him. He's just so charming... you want him to get the girl. He's also really sweet. I think that romance-readers who prefer the ultra-alpha type of male lead might not like him, and yeah, there were times that he came off just a tad too perfect, but you know what? I was completely immersed in the fantasy. I just suspended my disbelief as far as it could go.

I feel like this is another book that is perfect to listen to, much like how I felt about Gayle Forman's "If I Stay." The only thing that sort of caught me off guard was the sex scene. Of course I knew there was going to be a sex scene: they had been leading up to it verbally and physically. But every time one of these scenes happened, my ears went red and I just got a bit uncomfortable. So you can imagine my embarrassment when the sex scene actually hit, haha. My advice would be to just skip it if it makes you too uncomfortable. There's nothing vital in those scenes, so they're okay to skip.

I personally didn't skip it. I just took it to Twitter and freaked out online, ha.

Overall, I definitely recommend this. I saw in Kat Kennedy's review that she recommended it for people who wanted some junk food reads and I completely agree. This is a really fun book where you get to just relax and enjoy the ride. I appreciate that 100%.

BOOKTUBE

Have you guys heard of "Booktube"?  It's basically this fantastic aspect of Youtube where people talk about BOOKS.  You can find Hauls, Tags, Challenges, Reviews and more on this side of the internet and it's basically like pure gold for any book lover out there.

 

I thought I'd compile a list of my favorite booktubers for your viewing pleasure and from there, you can find others that tickle your fancy.  This list is in no particular order.

 

1.  BooksandQuills

 

This channel was my first introduction to the Booktube community.  Sanne is from The Netherlands and has amazing taste in books.  She also reads a variety of books, which is nice (and unusual) in the Booktube community.  She always has critical and thought out reviews and opinions on each book. 

 

2.  PeruseProject

 

Reagan reads mostly YA and Adult Fantasy.  She has a sarcastic sort of wit and always creates absolutely hilarious and entertaining videos.  Personally, I love Adult Fantasy so I have always loved her channel, but even if you don't, she does many Haul/Challenge videos which can appeal to any book lover.

 

3.  PolandbananasBOOKS

 

Christine makes me laugh.  If you love YA, she's the girl to watch. She is extremely excitable and energetic, which is always really fun to watch on Youtube.  Her channel is really popular, and I think it's due to her personality and excellent editing.  What I really like about Christine, though, is that she branches out from the typical Booktuber videos.  She's really creative.  Check out her Mourning Period video to see what I mean.

 

4. Ariel Bissett

 

I like Ariel Bisset for the same reason I like Sanne from BooksandQuills: she really thinks and dissects what she's reading.  She also has videos where she discusses a topic related to books.  Her Sex in Books!? videos is one of my all-time favorites by her.  She also predominately reads YA, but has been trying to branch out lately, which I appreciate.

 

5.  Joel Books

 

Joel is a booktuber I've only recently discovered, but I completely love him.  He is hilarious.  Once again, he reads mostly YA (you will quickly discover that most of the Booktubers read YA) but he is so ridiculously entertaining that every video put out by him is worth the watch, although I particularly liked SLOW READER SHAME.

 

6. Chapter Stackss

 

I love this girl.  I love her because of the variety of books she reads.  She reads everything from YA to Anita Blake and, as I mentioned earlier, that is so rare in the Booktube community and so refreshing.  She is hilarious, insightful and quite possible one of my all-time favorites.

 

Other great booktubers:

 

Elizziebooks

Katytastic

JessetheReader

Tashapolis

Little Book Owl

Priceiswong

Padfootandprongs07

 

And so many more!