P.S. I Like You by Kasie West Review

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Title: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

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P.S. I Like You was my first Kasie West novel and since I enjoyed it so much, I’m going to have to read some more! This book is all about a mystery pen pal and contains a main character who is awkward and relatable. I loved reading about her big family as well.

This book is such a cute read for the summer. This book is about a girl who ends up with a mystery pen pal after writing down some lyrics on her desk in Chemistry. I loved being able to read each of the notes exchanged between Lily and the mystery boy. The suspense leading up to the big reveal was also really well done and super enjoyable to read.

The main character in P.S. I Like You is so relatable. Lily is awkward and has a great sense of humour which I really appreciated. What I found interesting about her is the fact that she is a songwriter and interested in a songwriting competition. I love characters with a story and a personality, and Lily is definitely one of them.

One of my favourite things about P.S. I Like You is how Lily’s family is so big! She has two younger brother and an older sister who play a signifiant part in the story. I enjoyed how realistic this family was and how it was clear that Lily just wanted some peace and quiet. Family is one of my favourite things to read about and I was so happy to see one in this book.

P.S. I Like You is a cute summer read about two pen pals in science class. The main character is so relatable and her family is written so realistically. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick read.

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody ARC Review

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I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: A Week of Mondays
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… 

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.

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A Week of Mondays is quick and cute read for the summer. The concept is so unique and the main character is very relatable. One of my favourite things about the book is the epic friendship between Ellie and Owen. Everything about this book is so fun!

This book has such an interesting concept! Basically, it is about a girl who has the worst Monday ever. However, when she wakes up the next day (and each day after that for an entire week), she gets the chance to fix everything. I loved reading about how Ellie relives each Monday in a completely different way. Sometimes she goes wild, and other days, she attempts to explain the situation. This book is honestly such a fun read.

I really liked Ellie’s character in A Week of Mondays. The fact that she is so experimental with how she fixes everything was so intriguing. Ellie also has great music taste and creates playlists for each of her moods. I found her to be so relatable and the perfect narrator for a book like this.

In this novel, there is a strong friendship, which I always like to see. Ellie and Owen are actually goals and the amount of trust between them is admirable. I mean, Owen actually believes Ellie when she tells him about her Monday situation. Their relationship was absolutely adorable and I couldn’t help but smile to myself when they were together.

A Week of Mondays is such a cute read for summer. The main character is relatable and creates the best playlists. I loved Ellie and Owen’s friendship and how trusting they are. I would definitely recommend this book!

November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson Book Blitz & Giveaway

November Rain
Shannon A. Thompson
(Bad Bloods #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: July 18th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

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EXCERPT:

“She used to tell me that a full moon is when mysterious things happen and wishes come true.” I stared at the little paper in my hands. “Do you think she tells my sister those stories?”

Daniel didn’t respond. He only listened. I had told him before I had a sister. He had probably assumed I lied, but I hadn’t. It was the truth, and it tumbled out like a story my mom created before bedtime. I tried to picture her telling stories to my sister, but nothing came. I only saw the little girl, with Mom’s hair and Dad’s eyes, standing in the road, saying my name.

“I’ve never met her,” I confessed, staring at the writing bleeding through the folded end. “I think her name is on this, but I can’t read.”

Daniel reached for it. “I can—”

“No.” I held the note against my chest. “I want to learn and read it on my own,” I explained, softer than my previous snap.

Daniel’s head tilted. “Robert never taught you.”

I wasn’t sure if it was a question or a statement, but I responded anyway. “He can’t read.”

Daniel’s eyes swept over me. He took the time to rub his face before looking away.

“He can’t read,” I repeated, studying his reaction. “Right?”

Daniel’s hand lowered to his lap. “I can teach you,” he said, and when he faced me again, he was remarkably closer than I realized. His hand moved to rest on my knee. My heart stabilized. “What else do you want?”

It was a question I had never heard before, and the way Daniel stumbled over the sentence suggested he had never been able to say it before either. Bad bloods weren’t allowed to want anything. Not even life. So, when I was asked, my mind spiraled into obscurity, never actually solidifying an answer even though I searched for one.

“I’ve never been allowed to want anything,” I confessed.

“Me neither,” Daniel agreed, and for a brief second, I was oblivious to the fact that his lips were on mine.

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Author Bio:

Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at http://www.shannonathompson.com.

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Waiting on Wednesday #71: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

27883214Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads): Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Thoughts:

I have literally been seeing this book everywhere and I am so excited for its release in 2017! The concept of this book is so intriguing and the idea of a magic carnival sort of thing really interests me. I am certain that Caraval will live up to the hype!

Teaser Tuesdays #61: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday:

25486998Summary (from Goodreads): What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

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I was so excited when I saw this book on the shelves early and I had to get it! This is my first Kasie West book and I am absolutely loving it so far. It is so cute and such a fun read for summer.

Here is the teaser:

“I clutched the newspaper to my chest, hugging the words, and followed after my sister. Now I just had to write the perfect song and win this competition.”

The Siren by Kiera Cass Review

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Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

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It took me a while to finally pick up The Siren, but I’m so glad that I finally got the chance to! This book is so unique and contains a character that I’ve never seen before: the ocean. Kahlen, the main character is very brave and has so much determination. I absolutely loved the fact that the girls in this book are basically sisters, as family is one of my favourite things in books.

The concept for The Siren is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This story of sirens features the ocean, but as an actual character. Not a human, but still alive. I found the idea of having the ocean act like a person so interesting since this has never been done before. When I first heard about this, I was a bit confused about how it would all work, but it actually turned out perfectly.

Kahlen is such a defiant main character. While serving the ocean as a siren, she is forbidden to fall in love. I really admired her determination to hide Akinli from the ocean, which is difficult because the ocean can read her mind. Kahlen is also has the ability to stay strong despite basically being a prisoner to the ocean for 100 years. I really admired Kahlen and found her to be the perfect main character for a book like this one.

One of my favourite things about The Siren is the incredible bond between sisters. Well, the girls are more honorary sisters with the ocean as their mother, but they still love and care for each other like family. Kahlen’s sisters stick up for her and help her keep her secrets from the ocean. They are all so kind and selfless, which I loved. I always love to see family in books and was so glad to see that in The Siren.

The Siren is an original story that includes the ocean as a character and a main character who is brave and perseverant. The sisterly bond in the book made the story so much more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a nice beach read.

 

Summer TBR Wipeout 2016 Update #1

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It is hard to believe that we are half-way through the month of July already! We are into our third week of the challenge and I have visited some amazing blogs and posts. Some of you have so many books on your list that I am a little bit envious for some reason! I haven’t had much time for reading this month as I was busy being an interpreter at a pioneer village and have been on holidays in Atlantic Canada. You would think that I would get lots of reading accomplished, but I was too busy exploring!

Some of the books that I read for this first part of the challenge are:

  • The Siren was a really enjoyable book! I always love Kiera Cass, so I wasn’t surprised at all to have loved it so much. If you would like to know more of my thoughts on it, my review will be up very soon!
  • Yellow Brick War was one of my most anticipated reads for this year. I have enjoyed all of the other books in the Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige and this third book is just as incredible. I was so surprised to find out that a fourth book is in the works, as I thought it was to be a trilogy. My review for this one will be up at the end of the month.
  • Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a re-read for me. I did not have a blog when I originally read this fantastic story and I wanted to read it again to properly review it before the upcoming film. I am so excited to see this story brought to life! A full review will be posted on the blog in August.
  • The Conspiracy of Us is not a title that I had originally planned for this challenge, but I had started the audiobook back in March and had it sitting on my Goodreads shelf forever. Since I was on the road quite a bit this month, it was the perfect time to finish it! Watch for my review of this interesting story in August as well.
  • Before I Fall is another audiobook that I snuck in over my holidays. Lauren Oliver is another favourite author of mine and this audiobook was sitting on my Audible wish list. I couldn’t resist giving it a try as well. I am so glad that I did because it is a wonderful book! Look for it in my August reviews.

So, while things went a little different than I planned, I had an enjoyable and successful couple of weeks. My next reading goals for the rest of the month are to read the entire Grisha series and Burning Glass. You can always check the books that I am reading for this challenge on my Goodreads shelf. Wish me luck!

If you are taking part in the challenge, don’t forget to link your post in the linky so that all of the participants can read and comment on your progress!

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What book has excited you the most this summer?