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Review: Hidden (+ Reading Rush Wrap-Up)

Hey, everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review for Hidden, written by Helen Frost. This was the third and final book I read for The Reading Rush. Reading this fulfilled the prompt of reading a book in the same spot the whole time.
I’m actually quite pleased with the fact that I managed to read three books throughout the course of the week and earn a total of six badges! I wish that I could have reached 10000 pages but I was really close! I don’t participate in readathons often, but I had a really good time and I’m looking forward to taking part again next year.

See my review for Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten (read a book with five or more words in the title)
See my review for After by Anna Todd (read and watch a book to movie adaptation & read an author’s first book)

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You can view my bookstagram post for the Reading Rush on my page @readingwithdaniella

Without further ado, here’s my review for Hidden! I hope you enjoy!! 😀


Hidden by Helen Frost
Genre:
Middle Grade Young Adult – Poetry/Verse, Contemporary
Pages: 176
Publication Date: May 2011
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read July 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra’s father steals a minivan. He doesn’t know that Wren is hiding in the back. The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls. Darra is left with a question that only Wren can answer. Wren has questions, too.
Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time. They can finally learn the truth—that is, if they’re willing to reveal to each other the stories that they’ve hidden for so long. Told from alternating viewpoints, this novel-in-poems reveals the complexities of memory and the strength of a friendship that can overcome pain.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read Hidden? Which poetry style did you prefer – Wren’s or Darra’s?
Have you read any of Helen Frost’s other novels?
What’s your favourite book that’s written in verse?

Did any of you participate in the Reading Rush this year? How did you do? Which badges did you earn? What was the best book that you read?
Let’s talk about in the comments down below!

Thanks for joining me today!! I hope to see you all again soon! ❤

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Review: After (After #1)

Good evening!! Yesterday I finished reading After, and oh my goodness, what an experience that was. This book has very polarizing opinions, but I randomly decided to give it a go.  It was certainly something.
This was also the second book that I read for The Reading Rush. It fulfilled the prompt of reading and watching a book to movie adaption and reading an author’s first novel.
On with the review; I hope you enjoy! 😉


After by Anna Todd
Genre: Young Adult / New Adult– Contemporary, Romance
Series: After #1
Pages: 582
Publication Date: October 2014
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read July 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.
But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.
But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!
There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read After? Did you enjoy it? Have you read the other books in the series? Does it get any better?
Did you watch the movie? I personally found the movie to be better than the book because Hardin was less mean and abusive and Tessa was less annoying. They were also both more mature. What did you think?
Let me know in the comments down below!
Also, if anyone read the original and the published edition, please let me know which characters are which members of One Direction because I’m super curious to know!!

That’s all I’ve got for today! Thanks for joining me and have a great week, everybody!

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First Lines Fridays #4

Good evening, my lovely readers! I hope you’ve all had a great week! 🙂
Today I’m back with another First Lines Friday, this time for one of my very favourite books…. Any guesses?
Enjoy!


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Back in the day, I had this plan for the off chance that I was around for the whole end-of-the-world thing. It involved climbing up on my roof and blasting R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” as loud as humanly possible, but real life rarely turns out that cool.

And the book is…… Continue reading “First Lines Fridays #4”

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Review: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’ve all been having an awesome week so far. 
Today I’ve got a review for a wild ride of a book, Bad Girls with Perfect Faces. This was the first book I read for The Reading Rush. I didn’t actually make a TBR for the readathon because I’m a mood reader and no matter how hard I try, I just never stick to them. This book fulfilled the prompt of a title with five or more words. Hope you enjoy!! 😀


Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
Genre: 
Young Adult – Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 320
Publication Date: October 2017
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Read July 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said.
I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.
I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now.
He squeezed my hand again. He couldn’t begin to imagine what this actually was. He had no idea what I’d done. What any of us had.

When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.
But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have any of you read Bad Girls with Perfect Faces? Did the plot twists shock you as much as they did me? Who was your favourite character?
Have you read any of Lynn Weingarten’s other books? Which one is your favourite?
I’d love to talk about it in the comments down below!

Thanks so much for hanging with me today; I hope you all have a lovely day! See you next time!! 🙂

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Review: With the Fire On High

Good afternoon, my lovely readers! I hope you’ve been having a great day so far. Today I’m back with a review for a relatively recent release and very hyped up story, With the Fire On High. I hope you enjoy!


With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: 
Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Publication Date: May 2019
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read July 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read With the Fire On High yet? Did you think that it lived up to the hype? What was your favourite scene?
What are your thoughts on the cover?
Have you added this book to your TBR?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!

Thank you all so, so much for joining me today! I hope you have a lovely week and I hope to see you again soon. Enjoy your evening! 🙂

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Review: The Chaos of Standing Still

Good afternoon, everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to your weekend. Today I’m back with a review for The Chaos of Standing Still, which I actually finished over a week ago, bit didn’t get around to reviewing until recently. Hope you enjoy! 😀


The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 406
Publication Date: November 2017
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read July 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.
And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read The Chaos of Standing Still yet?
Were you disappointed by the setting? How did you feel about the events in the airport?

Did Troy annoy you as much as he annoyed me?
Let’s discuss it in the comments down below!

That’s everything for today. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have an excellent afternoon! See you all again soon!

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First Lines Fridays #3

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve been having a great day so far.
I’m back with another First Lines Friday! Happy reading!


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

You’ve had bad days before, right? you know, the ones where your alarm doesn’t go off, your toast practically catches on fire, and you remember way too late that every article of clothing you own is soaking wet in the bottom of the washer? So then you go hurtling into school fifteen minutes late, praying no one will notice that your hair looks like the Bride of Frankenstein’s, but just as you slide into your desk your teacher booms, “Running late today, Ms. Emerson?” and everyone looks at you and notices?

I’m sure you’ve had those days. We all have. But what about really bad days? The kind that are so pumped up and awful that they chew up the things you care about just for the fun of spitting them back in your face?

And the book is…… Continue reading “First Lines Fridays #3”