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

Confessions of a Crazy Blogger: Books I Lied About

Books I Lied About.jpg

Yikes! Recently, I was asked a question by someone who I’m friends with on Goodreads. She said something along the lines of “Do you rate everything five stars?” Now, this is a completely valid question. I do rate a TON of books five stars. All the time. But the real problem is, I don’t always mean it.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of people writing posts explaining what their ratings mean to them. I’d definitely like to do one of those soon, but they got me thinking: what does a five star book constitute from me? I didn’t find it too hard a question. Basically, in order for a book to hit five stars, it has to hit two milestones-

  1. The actual writing of the book has to be amazing. By this, I mean the writing style, plot, characters, relationships, world-building, etc. etc.
  2. I have to really fall in love with it. When I finish a really good book, I usually get chills. If I don’t get that feeling from the book, I haven’t really fallen in love with it.

If the book only hits one of these marks, it’s usually four stars, or if it’s really close but not quite good enough, it’ll get 4 and a half.

However, I’ve just become so used to saying that I love all the books I read, that I’ve rated a lot of them five stars. And I do mean a lot. Even if they don’t really deserve it. And those are the books I’m here to talk about today! I want to change my Goodreads rating and hopefully explain myself a bit. Continue reading

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

Nano-notes

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

BOOKWORM CHARACTER ALERT. CLICK ME. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

“Well, I’ve got to have books.” His tone suggested the slowest of the slow should already understand that.

25203121

Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Published: March 3rd, 2015

This is a review for the COYER challenge as well as the January Keyword Reading Challenge. Continue reading

Just a few Christmastime announcements!

Hey guys, it’s Amy! This is just sort of an announcement post- you’ll see what I mean in just a minute. 🙂


top-16-of-2016_banner_hosted-700x350 Continue reading

In which I create immense confusion!

Hey guys, it’s Amy! Yesterday was the beginning of the COYER challenge, and I’ve already finished my first book! I also decided to make a page listing all of the books I’ve read/reviewed for this COYER Challenge, and I’ll link to that in every review I do for these books. You can see that page here! Alright, let’s get started, shall we?

Image result for the hundred lies of lizzie lovett Continue reading

What is this book, and why is it buzzing?

Hey guys, it’s Amy! Since I am a book reviewer, I have access to ARCs from Netgalley. Which is… Basically the coolest thing ever. I can request them, and presto! There they are! (Well, I don’t always get them, because….) I have the worst rating ever. How can I say that? I’ve given zero feedback on the books I’ve gotten from Netgalley. (This is especially important for reviewers on Netgalley, because it makes you look good, so more publishers will let you have copies of things, and it’s an endless cycle of give and take goodness.) Now, I’m not intentionally scamming them! Most of the books I have from Netgalley (not even that many) I wasn’t able to find my copy of for the longest time (but I’ve got them figured out now), and two of them were Buzz Books! Whiiiiich is basically a book of excerpts of coming-up books. Which of course sound amazing. And Buzz Books count as books toward my 0% feedback score. So let’s just talk about them a bit, shall we?

25579577 Continue reading