Friday, September 28, 2018

Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: The Boy Most Likely To 
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published September 6th 2016 by Penguin Group
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I read Huntley's first book, My Life Next Door, way back when it came out, and I remember loving it so I was excited to finally get around to reading another one of her stories. Now I am sad it took me so long.

This is a complicated story. From the start you know a lot of things about Tim's past, and how he's recovering from being a teenage alcoholic. How can you not root for someone who is trying to climb out of the hole they are in?

And I certainly couldn't stop myself from falling in love with Tim. I loved, loved that we got to see inside his head and it was honestly heartbreaking. It was so different, the kid he portrayed from who he really was, how he saw himself as basically worthless. I wanted him to be better, to get better, and to hope for something better. He is just a seventeen-year-old boy after all.

Luckily a lot of people around his life saw right through his jokester shield and into his real self. Alice Garret being one of those. 

Alice was so easy to sympathize with. I just could tell how torn she felt, she wanted to help Tim, help her family, and through it all stay true to herself and what she wanted. It's horrible, to be stuck between wanting to help others and help yourself too. 

Guys, there's a couple of shocking things happening that had me wrecking my brain (and my heart) because I just couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

But I shouldn't need worry because everything turned right at the end (maybe a little too prettily wrapped with a big bow, but that is the reason I love all this contemporaries, so I'm good here). So though I suffered from watching my dearly loved characters get tangled in a mess that kept getting bigger, I can testify that these are the books that I love the most, the ones that make me so invested. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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I have a question. 
To myself.

"Why did it take you so long to pick up this book?!"

Honestly, if I'd known what I was getting into, I would have read Illuminae a long time ago. I guess my reasoning was that it is just so massive that I figured I needed a lot of free time when I finally started it... WRONG. It was a breeze

Once you start you can't stop, and it's so action-packed and written in such an entertaining way that it never feels like a long story.

I loved it, if you can't tell by now. I loved Kady and her personality, she is going through the end of her world and you can see her vulnerability bleeding through her words, and yet, so much strength. She doesn't sit around to take a chance to grieve, instead turns to what she knows best: hacking. She was an amazing character. I had my doubts of really getting to know the characters with this format, but these authors are geniuses. 

Then we also had Ezra, who I loved too. He is the yang to Kady's ying. He's always trying to find the bright side and trying to make her laugh. He always made me laugh. He has a huge, warm heart and is basically a dreamboat.

What I really liked about this book is that it showed that in life not everything is black and white. It kept me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going on all the time. From the start you think you know who the villain is, bit then turns out it was just a pawn, and then there is the real villain, but wait, no, he isn't really a villain, now that's the villain, or is it not? and basically you are kept on your toes all the time.

Can't wait to continue reading this trilogy, I hope it only gets better.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Title: Together at Midnight 
Author: Jennifer Castle
Published January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen
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I think this book was definitely a good start for the new year. Together at Midnight was a fun, fast read, even though it is not exactly supposed to be that. It starts with our two main characters, Max and Kendall, witnessing a terrible accident and practically doing nothing to stop it from happening. The guilt of what happened makes them accept a dare in which they have to perform seven acts of kindness. It turns out harder than expected.

I like the realness of this book. In real life not everything is what’s cracked up to be, and Maxie and Kendall learn that through it all. I was immediately attached to both of them, since we share a lot of character traits, and I wanted them to keep going and I shipped them so hard. And yet. Yet I was totally okay with that ending. Oh yes, even old hopeless romantic me thought there was not another possible way to end the book, because of reasons you have to read for yourself.

The one thing, though, that I can complain about, is the lack of development of secondary characters. Some of them we got a glimpse of, like grandpa big E, who I absolutely loved because he reminded me of my own grumpy grandpa. But there were several characters who I felt lacked a purpose. For example Ari, who is supposed to be Kendall’s best friend but apart from Kendall always mentioning that I didn’t get to see much of a reason for the apparently amazing friendship. And the practically nonexistent older brothers, the parents, and pretty much all family members except for Kendall’s brother Emmerson.

But oh well, I could live with it. And it didn’t affect my reading experience (much).I still raced through the book in a few hours and honestly had some laugh out loud moments and the obvious cringe of the youth, which is basically an all around win.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

Title: Love and Other Train Wrecks 
Author: Leah Konen
Published January 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Love and Other Train Wrecks has a lot of reasons not to work out. Surprisingly it does. I mean we are talking about two teens meeting and falling in love in the course of twenty four hours, some of you may say—oh dear, insta love. Not at all. Yes, it turns out to be a romantic story (after a while) but I wouldn’t even throw the word love—yet.

Noah and Ammy find themselves stuck in an unmoving train during a heavy snow fall. They both have places to go, and fast. And although they didn’t hit it off right away, they come up with a plan so together they can get where they are going.

You can imagine all sorts of trouble gets in their way, and it is good, ‘cause otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten to know each other that well.

I had a couple of problems with Ammy at the beginning. I just thought she was being so rude to Noah. And I get it, everyone can have a bad day, and she was having a really bad one, but I would never be nasty to anyone no matter my own condition. I also thought she was like that at the start because Noah was a stranger, but at the end when the trouble rolls in paradise, she went back to being mean. But I guess that’s just her personality, you’re forgiven Ammy.

In the end, I had fun even though I figured out the twist from the start and I wish I hadn’t. But it was a good way to spend a rainy afternoon inside.