Book Review: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour

Book Review: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCourTitle: You Know Me Well
Author: David Levithan, Nina LaCour
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: June 7, 2016

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

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Book Review: You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan is a fast-paced, whirlwind of a book that has so much potential for greatness. The plot is very unique and really keeps readers on their toes. However, the alternating perspectives were very hard to follow and the characters were not as developed as I would have liked. Continue reading

Review: Summer Days and Summer Nights

Review: Summer Days and Summer NightsTitle: Summer Days and Summer Nights
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 17, 2016

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

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Review: Summer Day and Summer Nights

Summer Days and Summer Nights is the summery companion to My True Love Gave to Me. This anthology has something from almost every genre and is very diverse. I especially enjoyed Veronica Roth’s and Jennifer E. Smith’s stories. Though I liked this one, I enjoyed the first winter themed anthology more. Continue reading

Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiTitle: The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: April 26, 2016

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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Review: The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is one of the few books that was able blow my mind and leave me in awe. It is based on Indian mythology, which was new to me, but definitely something that I enjoyed. The main character is brave and intelligent, which I always love to see. Also, the writing is beautiful and filled with vivid descriptions. I would say that this is a must-read. Continue reading

Book Review: Instructions for the End of the World

Book Review: Instructions for the End of the WorldTitle: Instructions for the End of the World
Author: Jamie Kain
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 8, 2015

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

He prepared their family for every natural disaster known to man—except for the one that struck.

When Nicole Reed’s father forces her family to move to a remote area of the Sierra Foothills, one without any modern conveniences, her life is completely turned upside down.

It’s not that Nicole isn’t tough. She’s learned how to hunt, and she knows how to build things—she’s been preparing for the worst-case scenario for what seems like forever.

But when she and her sister, Izzy, are left alone in this remote landscape to fend for themselves, her skills are put to the ultimate test. She’s fine for a while, but then food begins to run out, the pipes begin to crack, and forest fires start to inch closer every day.

When Wolf, a handsome boy from the neighboring community, offers to help, Nicole feels conflicted. She can take care of herself. But things have begun to get desperate, and there’s something about this boy she can’t shake.

As feelings develop between these two—feelings Nicole knows her father would never allow once he returns—she must make a decision. With her family falling apart, will she choose to continue preparing for tomorrow’s disasters, or will she take a chance and start living for today?

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Book Review: Instructions for the End of the World

Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain is a book that certainly has a fantastic sounding synopsis and the cover is quite stunning. Sometimes when I read a synopsis for a book or even find the cover to be appealing, I am immediately drawn in. Sadly, the plot of this book took forever to move forward, which I didn’t appreciate. I did enjoy the forest setting, though, which was probably why I continued reading. However, this book is overly unrealistic and hard to believe, which really affected my enjoyment of the novel. Continue reading