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Review: Learning Not to Drown

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!
This morning, I’m back with a review of an unexpectedly enjoyable read, Learning Not to Drown. I had this book sitting and collecting dust on my shelf for years, and I’m so glad that I finally worked up the motivation to give it a read.
I hope you enjoy!! 


Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 352
Publication Date: April 2014
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.
There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.
To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug-addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember—and who has always been bailed out by their parents.
Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.
Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.


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Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
Which books would you consider to be “hidden gems”?

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Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1)

Happy first day of September! I absolutely cannot believe that it is already September. I could swear that it’s still June! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer!<3
School is starting back up for me next week, so unfortunately my reading will be slowing down quite a bit until Christmas time, but I’m certainly going to squeeze in as many more books as I possibly can before then!
Today I’m bringing you a review of what has to be one of my most anticipated reads, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea! Unfortunately, this book was not all that I had dreamed of, especially after building it up for so many years. 
Hope you enjoy! 


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Genre: Young Adult – Romance, Paranormal
Series: Between #1
Pages: 360
Publication Date: August 2013
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read July 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.
Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?
Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.
Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.


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Have you read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? What about April Genevieve Tulcholke’s other novels? Are they on your TBR? 
I’d love to hear about it in the comments down below!!
Thank you very much for joining me today! Until next time!! 🙂

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Review: Everyone We’ve Been

Gooood morning! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week so far! ❤
Today I’m hre with a review of Everyone We’ve Been, a YA book that I recently picked up! I have never really seen anyone else talking about this book, but I enjoyed it!
Happy reading! 😉


Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
Genre: Young Adult – Romance, Dystopian
Pages: 400
Publication Date: October 2016
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read June 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.
Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.
But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?


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Have you read tis book? Is it on your TBR?
Do you enjoy books that have dual timelines or flashbacks?
Let me know in the comments down below!! 

Thanks so much for joining me this morning! Have a magnificent day, and I’ll see you again soon!

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Review: This is Not the Jess Show

Good morning! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today, I’m back with a review of what had been one of my most anticipated releases of 2021, and while the beginning of the book was promising, it ended up being a huge letdown.
Happy reading!


This is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopia, Thriller, Romance
Series: This Is Not the Jess Show #1
Pages: 304
Publication Date: February 2021
My Rating: 1.75 of 5 stars
Read June 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Black Mirror meets My So-Called Life in this fast-paced, timely YA thriller about separating fact from fiction–and how far we’ll go to create our own version of reality.
Like any other teenager, Jess Flynn is just trying to get through her junior year without drama … but drama seems to keep finding her. Between a new crush on her childhood best friend, overprotective parents cramping her social life, and her younger sister’s worsening health, the only constant is change–and her hometown of Swickley, which feels smaller by the day.
Swickley is getting weirder by the day, too. Half the population has been struck down by a mysterious flu. Conversations end awkwardly when Jess enters the room. And then one day, a tiny, sleek black device–with an apple logo on it–falls out of her best friend’s backpack and lands at Jess’s feet.


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Have you read this book? Is it on you TBR?
Have you read any of Anna Carey’s other books?
How do you feel about the dystopia genre?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a fantastic day! ❤

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Review: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3)

Hello, hello!! I hope you’re all enjoying your day so far. ❤
Today I’m bringing you a review of the final installment of the Summer trilogy, We’ll Always Have Summer. This trilogy certainly pales in comparison to Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, which I love, but this one was quick and kinda fun. Although I did have a number of issues with this series, it made for the PERFECT binge read, and it was entertaining, even when it frustrated the heck out of me.
I hope you enjoy!


We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Series: Summer #3
Pages: 291
Publication Date: April 2011
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college—only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.


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Have you read this series? What were your thoughts on the ending?
What’s your favourite contemporary series?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!

Thanks for hanging with me today! I hope you have a truly wonderful day!!
See you again next time! 😉

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ARC Review: If This Gets Out

Hello, hello, my lovely readers!!I hope you’re having a beautiful week! ❤
This morning, I’m bringing you a review of If This Gets Out, a YA story about a romance between two members of a boy band. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from NetGalley, but unfortunately, I did not love it as much as I had hoped I would. The first half of the book was promising, and I was so sure that I was going to adore the story, but it did not go in the direction that I had expected or wanted it to. With that being said, I did enjoy the book as a whole. This book is not published until December, so you still have plenty time to add it to your TBR!!
Happy reading!


If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+, Music
Pages: 352
Publication Date: December 7, 2021
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read June 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.
On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?
“If This Gets Out is an absolute showstopper! Equal parts edgy and adorable, this bright, joyful book has everything I look for in a queer YA romance.” —Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of Us


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Is If This Gets Out on your TBR?
Do you like boybands? I was personally never a One Direction fangirl, but I have always really enjoyed some of their music.

What are your thoughts on books that discuss fan culture?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!! 🙂

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Review: It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2)

Good morning!! I hope you’re all having a magnificent day so far!
Today I’m returning with a review of the second installment of Jenny Han’s Summer series, It’s Not Summer Without You. 
Happy reading! ❤


It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Series: Summer #2
Pages: 275
Publication Date: April 2010
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Belly finds out what comes after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?
It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started—at Cousins Beach.


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Have you read this series? Are you Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah?
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I hope you have a wonderful evening!

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Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)

Hello, hello, my lovely readers, and happy first day of June!! I hope you’re all doing well! ❤ I cannot, and I repeat CAN NOT believe that it is already June. Where is this year going?! 
This morning, I am here with a review of The Summer I Turned Pretty, which as the title implies, is a summery story to fit with the beginning of the summery months! This book is one of the first that I added to my Goodreads TBR when I joined over six years ago, and I only just finally picked it up! I was a little disappointed by it, especially considering how much I adore Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, but it was a cute and very summery story.
Happy reading!!


The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Series: Summer #1
Pages: 276
Publication Date: May 2009
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer—they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.


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Have you read The Summer I Turned Pretty? What about the other books in the series?
Have you read any of Jenny Han’s other books? Are they on your TBR?
What is your favourite summery contemporary romance?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!!

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed!
See you next time! 😉

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I Spy Book Challenge

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! ❤
I stumbled upon this really fun book challenge, which is essentially a scavenger hunt of your bookshelves!! It looked like too much fun not to participate in it!! I had a blast doing it!
This challenge was creating by Kayla @ Books and Lala on Youtube.
I hope you enjoy! 🙂


Rules:
Find a book on your bookshelves that contains (
either on the cover or in the title) an example for each of twenty categories.
You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!! (or longer if you have way too many books on way too many overcrowded shelves!)

#1 Food – Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
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(see my review here)

#2 Transportation – Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
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(see my review here)

#3 Weapon – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
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#4 Animal – Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
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#5 Number – 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
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(see my review here)

#6 Something You Read – A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
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(see my review here)

#7 Body of Water – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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#8 Product of Fire – The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
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(see my review here)

#9 Royalty – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J. K. Rowling
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#10 Architecture – Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
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(see my review here)

#11 Item of Clothing – Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
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#12 Family Member – The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan
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#13 Time of Day – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
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#14 Music – This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
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#15 Paranormal Being – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
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#16 Occupation – Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldovsky
(Being in a boy band counts as an occupation, right?)
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(see my review here)

#17 Season – Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
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#18 Colour – Red Queen by Victoira Aveyard
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#19 Celestial Body – Written in the Stars by Aisha Saheed
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(see my review here)

#20 Something that Grows – The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
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(see my review here)


Do you have any of these books on your shelves?
Have you read any of them? Which one is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments down below!! 😉

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you had as much fun as I did!
See you again soon! ❤

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Review: Pumpkinheads

Good morning! I hope you’re all doing well. ❤
Today I’m here with a review of Pumpkinheads, a graphic novel that was a highly anticipated read for me! I read this at the beginning of May, but as a big fan of Halloween and autumn, I very much enjoyed the cozy fall atmosphere of this story.
Happy reading! 


Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks 
Genre: Young Adult – Graphic Novel, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 209
Publication Date: August 2019
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?


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Have you read Pumpkinheads? Is it on your TBR?
Do you enjoy graphic novels?
Do you like stories with seasonal settings? Which one is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks so much for reading; I hope you enjoyed!!
Have a great night, and I’ll see you again soon! 🙂

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