Posted in Book Tags

Easter Time Book Tag

Good morning and happy Easter to those who celebrate! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend filed with love despite these unfortunate circumstances. ❤
To thought it would be really fun to do a festive little book tag and I settled on this one. I hope you enjoy!! 😉


Rules:

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ The Calico Books)
  • Have fun!

Ah, there are so, so many books I could talk about for this one!
I’m going to say Kill The Boy Band, which I see people in the book community talk about occasionally, but not nearly enough. It is a fun, hilarious, and thoroughly entertaining read that it relatable (on some levels) for any fangirl. I also recently reread this book via audio book and it was absolutely fantastic. The narrator did such a great performance, she honestly deserved an Oscar, so if you’re interested in picking this one up (which you definitely should), the physical and audio book are both wonderful options!

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You can see my review of Kill the Boy Band here.

Not After Everything by Michelle Levy is one of my all-time favourite books. This is the first, and so far, the only book that she has had published. I really, really hope that it isn’t her last. This novel was an incredible and super underrated debut, and I would love to see what else Michelle Levy could come up with!!

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For this, I have to go with the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! This series is one of my all-time favourites and I never wanted it to end – I could read 800 books about Katy and Daemon. Unfortunately, I only got five. 😦
Thankfully, JLA did create a spin-ff series about Luc, which I was so excited about that I literally cried when I heard the news. However, I didn’t end up loving the first book as much as I anticipated and I still haven’t continued on with the series, but I plan on giving the first book another go and reading the sequel very soon!

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You can see my reviews of the Lux series here:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2) 
Opal (Lux #3) 
Origin (Lux #4)
Opposition (Lux #5) 

Well, considering the fact that I genuinely cannot remember the last time that I purchased a book at full price, I’ve bought the vast majority of my books for super cheap – most of them were less than $5! However, a cheap book that I felt like I got the best deal on was my copy of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I found a gorgeous signed, deluxe/collector’s edition of the book at Indigo for only $3.33!! I’ve still yet to read the book, but I’m amazed by the incredible price, especially because it was signed by the author!

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I thought that the anthology Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet was super sweet! While I can’t necessarily say that I loved every story in here, many of them were absolutely adorable and sweeter than sugar!

33503607You can see my review of Meet Cute here.

There are so many books that I could pick for this one, but I’m going to go with The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I read this book at a time in my life when I really, really need it. I related to Charlie on such a strong level is honestly scared me at times. I have reread the book several times, but it leaves an imprint every single time.

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For this prompt I have to go with one of my favourite series ever, The Mara Dyer series! This series is filled with so many thrilling twists and shocking turns that it made my head spin, but in the very best way possible!
I recommend these books all the time! If you’re a fan of YA mystery/thriller, paranormal romances, please do yourself a favor and read this series ASAP!!

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You can see my review of the third book in the series, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, here.


 

I’m not going to tag anybody specific, but if you do decide to join in on the fun, let me know so I can check out your answers!

Stay safe and healthy, and have a great day! 🙂
HAPPY EASTER!! ❤

 

Posted in Reading Challenges, Reviews

Review: But I Love Him

Hello, my fellow bookworms! I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend so far!
Today I’m back with a review for the first book that I read for the Magical Readathon! I picked this up totally on a whim  and flew right through it – the story was so well done.
Happy reading!! 😉


But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 245
Publication Date: May 2011
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he’ll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him.
It’s too bad I didn’t keep any pieces for myself.
At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved – and needed. Ann can’t recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor’s rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything – and everyone – in its path.
This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read But I Love Him?
How did you feel about the reverse chronological order writing style?
Which books about abusive relationships would you recommend?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day. 🙂
Until next time! ❤

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Posted in Reviews

Review: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

Good morning, good morning!! I hope you’re all doing well. 
Today I have a review for a really cute anthology written by a group of very talented young adult authors. I’ve been slowly working my way through these stories since January of last year, and I had so much fun doing so. There’s nothing like a short and sweet love story to put me in a good mood!
Hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton,  Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn DaviesNina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Meredith RussoSara ShepardNicola YoonIbi ZoboiJulie Murphy
Genre: Young Adult – Romance, Anthologies
Pages: 314
Publication Date: January 2018
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read March 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read this anthology? Which stories were your favourite?
Which other anthologies would you recommend?
Let me know in the comments down below!!

Thank you all so, so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoy the rest of our week!! 🙂
See you again soon!! ❤

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Posted in Quote Corner

Quote Corner #7: I’ll Meet You There

Good morning and happy Tuesday!! I hope you’ve all been enjoying your week so far. ❤
Today I’m back with another weekly set of quotes. I selected I’ll Meet You There, a book that I absolutely adore, but I rarely hear anything about!! As you will see, the writing is fantastic!
Happy reading! 😉


It gave me hope: if you could make a beautiful piece of art from discarded newspapers and old matchbooks, then it meant that everything had potential. And maybe people were like collages–no matter how broken or useless we felt, we were an essential part of the whole. We mattered.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?” I opened my mouth to say San Francisco or maybe Madrid—somewhere exotic. But what came out was, “Here. Right here.

When the store was empty again, I buried my head in my hands. I hadn’t realized how much Josh had been helping me get through the summer until he wasn’t there anymore. I wanted him to ask me how the Sky was. And then I wanted him to make it stop raining.


This book involves a romance between two teens who work at a motel together, one of whom just returned from the Marines after losing his leg. It was a powerful and stunning story.
Heather Demetrios is definitely one of the most underrated YA authors out there. I’ve only read two of her books, but they both touched me in unimaginable ways. The writing is nothing short of phenomenal. It was beautiful, moving, and super memorable. I think about these books all the time and I really can’t wait re-read her books in the future. I would highly recommend checking them out!

See my review of I’ll Meet You There here.

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Posted in Reviews

Review: Snowed In

Good morning and happy Sunday!! I hope you’ve all been doing well and are staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m here with a review for Snowed In, genuinely one of the worst books that I have ever read. I try not to speak poorly of books too often, but sometimes I just can’t help it. This is, unfortunately, one of these times.
Hope you enjoy!! 😉


Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne
Genre: Young Adult – Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 261
Publication Date: November 2007
My Rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Read March 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Ashleigh is about to experience a lot of things for the first time. 1) Snow. She and her mom are moving from sunny Texas to an icy island in the middle of Lake Michigan, which is completely snowbound. As in, no cars, just sleighs. 2) Small-town life. The icy island? Yep, it’s tiny. Like, 30 people in the whole high school tiny. And scariest of all: 3) Boys. Of course they had boys in Texas. But none of them were as irresistible—or as hard to figure out—as Josh Wynter. And before the snow melts, Ashleigh might also be falling in love …


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read Snowed In?
Did you enjoy it?
Have you read any of Rachel Hawthorne’s other books? Are any of her other books worth giving a try?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below! 🙂

Thank you so much for joining me today!! I hope you all have the loveliest of weeks.
See you next time!!

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Posted in Book Lists

My Favourite Middle Grade Books

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY! In honour of the day, I decided that I would share some of my favourite middle grade novels and series. I’ve been a massive bookworm throughout my entire life; reading is and always will be a detrimental part of who I am. I am a strong believer that many of these books payed a role in shaping me into who I am today. I love and appreciate them all so much.
If you know a young reader, I would most certainly recommend any of these fantastic books to them!


Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
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Okay, let’s get the basic ones out of the way. I read the Harry Potter series for the first time when I was eight years old, and like most other people, I instantly fell in love. I quickly devoured the entire series, and immediately proceeded to read them again. And again. And again, and again, and again. Ten years later and this series still remains to be one of my favourites, as I’m sure it always will be.
Recommended for: Honestly, this series is a great pick for anyone of any age. Despite the fact that the target audience is 8-12 years old, they can be read and enjoyed by teenagers and adults too! They are very well-developed and layered stories that include something to appeal to everybody. There is a fascinating magic system, a mystery aspect in most of the books, a little bit of romance here and there, a fantastic cast of characters, lots of action, and the perfect touch of comedy. This is also a great series to read because they have phenomenal movie adaptations!

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