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Review: Something Like Normal

Hello and happy Friday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m back with a review for my latest read, Something Like Normal, which is the first full-length novel that I’ve read in I don’t even know how long. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but it was enjoyable for the most part.
Happy reading! 😉


Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness, War
Pages: 224
Publication Date: June 2012
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read June 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.


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Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
Are there any other books that you’ve read about soldiers with PTSD that you would recommend?
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Review: Drama

Good evening and happy Friday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!
Today I’m back with a new book review (finally). This is the first book that I’ve been able to get myself through in almost a month, which is the most frustrating thing ever! I don’t think I’ve ever been in such a terrible slump before. I had fun with this graphic novel though!!
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult – Graphic Novel, Contemporary
Pages: 238
Publication Date: September 2012
My Rating: 2.75 of 5 stars
Read June 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
PLACES, EVERYONE!
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!


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Have you read Drama? Have you read any of this author’s other books?
What are your favourite graphic novels?
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Review: Go Ask Alice

Good morning!! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I am sharing a review for a well-known, but in my opinion, very disappointing story, Go Ask Alice.
Happy reading!! 😉


Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks (as “Anonymous”)
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Mental Illness
Pages: 213
Publication Date: 
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life.
Read her diary.
Enter her world.
You will never forget her.


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Have you read Go Ask Alice?
Did you know that it’s entirely fictional?
Were you able to connect with Alice?
Have you read any of Beatrice Sparks’ other novels?
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Thanks so much for reading! Until next time!! 🙂

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Review: Tap Out

Hello, hello! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m back with a review of one of my latest reads, Tap Out, which is a dark and gritty, though very short contemporary book.
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Tap Out by Sean Rodman
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 123
Publication Date: April 2015
My Rating: 2.75 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Darwin’s father went to prison for assault, his mom decided it was time to move him from his inner-city school to the elite Norfolk Academy. It was supposed to be a brand-new start for him. But old instincts die hard, and Dar is used to fighting for everything. Convinced by a new friend to take part in an illegal fight club, Dar starts competing in no-holds-barred matches between students. He quickly rises to become the best in the ring. When one match goes too far and a student is almost killed, Dar faces a choice. Everyone tells him he’s a fighter, but he needs to decide for himself–who is he, and what is he fighting for?


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Have you read Tap Out? Have you read any of the other books by this author?
Is it on your TBR?
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Review: 10 Blind Dates

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! 🙂
This afternoon I have a review for my latest read, 10 Blind Dates, which is a fun and festive YA rom-com that I really enjoyed!
Happy reading! ❤


10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Pages: 336
Publication Date: October 2019
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?


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Have you read 10 Blind Dates?
What were your thoughts? Which date was your favourite to read about?
Have you read any of Ashley Elston’s other books? 
I’d love to discuss it in the comments down below!

As always, thank you all so very much for joining me today. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Until next time! 😉

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Review: Easy (Contours of the Heart #1)

Happy Thursday!!! I hope you all had a lovely day! ❤
This evening I’m back with a review of Easy, which is easily one of the best new adult books that I have ever read, no pun intended. After a series of disappointing reads, this was such a pleasant surprise. 
I hope you enjoy!! 😉


Easy by Tammara Webber
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Series: Contours of the Heart #1
Pages: 336
Publication Date: November 2012
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Rescued by a strnager.
Haunted by a secret.
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…
He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.
A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.


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Have you read Easy? 
Do you like the new adult genre? What new adult romances would your recommend?
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Review: Turtles All the Way Down

Good evening and happy Sunday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. ❤
Today I’m back with a review of my second John Green novel, Turtles All the Way Down. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed by this one and found it to be a very mediocre book. (I also really don’t care about tuatara!) I was especially let down because I enjoyed TFIOS so much when I read it five years ago. 
Happy reading! 😉


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 286
Publication Date: October 2017
My Rating: 2.5 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
n his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.
 


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Have you read this book? 
Did you enjoy the plot? Did you like the Star Wars references? 
What’s your favourite John Green book?
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I hope to see you again soon!

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Review: The Unrequited

Good evening! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I have a review for the first book that I have DNFed in years. This story had a fantastic premise and a really strong start, but it just didn’t go in the direction that I was hoping.
Happy reading!! 😉


 The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 340
Publication Date: July 2017
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars (DNF)
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling.
What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.
Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.
Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.
NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive topics like cheating. 18+ Only.


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Is it on your TBR?
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Review: Again, But Better

Good evening and happy World Book Day!
Today I’m back with a review of Christine Riccio’s debut novel Again But Better. I had a few issues with the book, but I enjoyed it overall!
I’m also very happy to be sharing this review on World Book Day because I talked a lot about my love for readsing and relationship with the online book community in my review! ❤
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Magic Realism
Pages: 373
Publication Date: May 2019
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?
Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!
Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.
Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.


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Have you read Again But Better?
Do you watch Christine’s videos on YouTube?
How do you feel about YA books featuring protagonists in their late teens or early twenties?
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Review: Broken Beautiful Hearts

Hello, hello!! I hope your morning has been off to a lovely start!
Today I’m here with a review of Broken Beautiful Hearts, which is a book that I actually finished at the beginning of last month, but I didn’t get around to posting the review until now. I was really excited to read it, but I was quite disappointed for a number of reasons.
The cover is stunning though, isn’t it?
Hope you enjoy! 🙂


Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 407
Publication Date: February 2018
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read March 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Her heart has to break before it can open.
When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him―and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee―and maybe her dream of going pro―is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.
He has to let someone in before it’s too late.
With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind―until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.
But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.


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Have you read Broken Beautiful Hearts?
Did you enjoy it? How did you feel about the romance?
Have you read any of Kami Garcia’s books?
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