Fantastically realistic! | Turtles All the Way Down

Hey guys! I preordered Turtles All the Way Down, John Green’s new book, a couple of months ago, and I actually got my copy a day early! It was, indeed, signed, and of course I immediately had to dig in. Since it only came out a few days ago, I thought I’d review it (wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these) and just share my thoughts in general!

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Turtles All the Way Down is an incredible, down-to-earth story about a 16-year-old girl named Aza who deals with a difficult mental illness in the form of thought spirals. Oh, and on the side, she’s trying to maintain her friendships, possibly fall in love (without kissing), and track down a missing billionaire. Continue reading

Two disappointments in one day? Aw, man!

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Hey guys! A few days ago I posted a TBR for The Reading Quest as well as the 7 in 7 readathon, and I am pleased to update you with GOOD NEWS! (Well, mostly) I finished the last 100 pages of Uprooted (which I was reading for #MakeMeRead) on the 14th (first day of 7 in 7, second day of TRQ), and then was able to read the first 70 pages of Book of Shadows before I went to bed. I finished the last 100 pages of BoS today (the 15th) and then was able to knock out Ronit & Jamil in an hour, so I am now 2 books down for both! Unfortunately, I didn’t really love either one, so I figured I’d combine them both in a double review for you guys! Let’s just get started, shall we? Continue reading

Everything All At Once: ALL OF THE CHARACTERS LOVE BOOKS. I LOVE THEM.

Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these (a review, that is), so I feel a little rusty. However, the challenge for Day 2 of the Biannual Bibliothon is to write a review, so I figured I could give it a go! 😉 I missed yesterday’s challenge because I was participating in the 24 in 48 readathon, but maybe I’ll have time to make it up sometime later this week! We’ll just have to see. Today’s blog challenge is hosted by Kassie @ Miss Sassy Kassie, so make sure to click on over and check out her review! I also recently saw Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks’ post with tips for writing reviews, so I’ll be keeping that in mind. It’s definitely worth a read! Anyhoo, let’s get on with the show, shall we?

Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Lottie Reaves has always had anxiety. But when her aunt Helen dies, she starts to believe death is awaiting her around every corner. And really, what is the reason for living in the first place, anyway?

Aunt Helen wasn’t only her aunt; she was the bestselling author of the Alvin Hatter series. As her final gift and goodbye to Lottie, she leaves her 24 letters: each with a dare. And all of them leading to a secret she began hiding long ago.

O-kay, so I’m kind of terrible at writing synopses. But you get the idea. The whole reason I requested this book is because I had read Katrina Leno’s previous book, The Lost and the Found. (And loved it, of course!) But I completely did not know what to expect from this book, and I was extremely pleasantly surprised.

I love books with dares, challenges, bucket lists, games, etc. I find them entertaining and I always want to know what happens next. I requested this book ages ago, so when I went into it, I had basically zero idea what the book was about. Which made the whole thing that much more exciting and fun!

All of my thoughts are so scrambled, so let’s just make some lists, shall we? Continue reading

Time in a Bottle: An Unexpectedly Interesting Read!

Time in a Bottle by Kathleen D. Tresemer
I actually received this book from my mom’s friend (whom I have known since I was little and therefore still call Pattycake)! Pat is a children’s book author, and she is always making author-y friends (as you do) and somehow she came across this author! Therefore, I have a signed copy addressed to Pat, which is quite neat. 🙂 Anyhoo, I really wasn’t expecting much of anything from this book, but once I looked more into it, I realized that it is actually YA! Of course, this was super exciting, so I brought it along on vacation, and started reading it the very first day. I was able to almost finish it on the car ride, so it probably took me 6-7 hours to finish. And I was quite pleasantly surprised!
The book is told from the points of view of Beth and her twin brother, Teddy. It begins with Beth going to the “cool” party on July 4, the summer after their eighth grade year. When Mindy offers her a drink, she accepts, and all too soon, she’s had three. The alcohol makes her braver, more confident, and less shaky. Soon, vodka becomes more of a necessity than a treat, and the only thing Beth is worried about is where her next shot is coming from. Although Teddy isn’t completely clueless, he has no idea how addicted she’s become. Meanwhile, he’s trying to get a girlfriend, maintain his friendships, train for gymnastics, cope with their dad’s death, and come to terms with his mom’s new relationship status, all on top of keeping Beth safe. Continue reading

Always and Forever Lara Jean: A Beautiful Conclusion to a Beautiful Trilogy

P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I absolutely LOVE this trilogy. Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about it on my blog, but hey, I DO. IT’S GREAT. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before started out as a standalone, I believe, and then P.S. I Still Love You became a thing, so I preordered that from Amazon. And then Always and Forever Lara Jean became a thing and I saw it in a bookstore, had a mini-freakout, and proceeded to buy it for the fortune that it cost. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL but now of course I need the first one to match. I KNOW, I’VE BOUGHT INTO THE COVER OBSESSION. Continue reading

Girl in the Blue Coat: Not so dusty after all?

Hey guys! Sorry about the unannounced hiatus… again. I’ve been gone for ages! I slipped into a simultaneous reading and blogging slump, and then read a book which ALSO simultaneously got me out of and into a slump. It was an ARC of a book by an AMAZING author who I actually met on Twitter. 🙂 I’ll definitely try to get in a review of that pretty soon here! Anyhoo, let’s get on with it, shall we?

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Wow. Girl in the Blue Coat has completely wrecked me emotionally. Whew. Where to start?

First off, I just want to take a minute to mention the historical accuracy of this book! In the back, the author has a few pages detailing where she got her information, and it’s clear she went to great lengths to make it as accurate as possible. All of the characters are fictional, but they feel as real as ever. Continue reading

The First Nano-notes: Retellings (and many stars!)

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Hey guys! As most of you know, I’ve been posting rather sporadically for the past couple of months. However, I most definitely did not stop reading, and as a result, I’m EXTREMELY behind on my reviews. Since many of the books I read at the time were for the COYER challenge, a lot of them were also review requests and ARCs, so it’s definitely important to me that I do review them. However, even if I reviewed a book every day, it would still take me ages to catch up. And thus, Nano-notes is born! I want to write mini reviews for a group of books in some kind of category, and keep it around 250 words! Today’s topic is….

Retellings: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle, Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer Continue reading