Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, ApproximatelyAlex, Approximately
By Jenn Bennett
My Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Paperback, 352 Pages


















                                                  


 Summary From Goodreads: 


Bailey “Mink” Rydell has met the boy of her dreams. They share a love of films and talk all day – Alex is perfect. Well, apart from the fact that they’ve never actually met… and neither of them knows the other’s real name.

When Bailey moves to California to live with her dad, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, she decides to use her sleuthing skills to find him. But tracking someone down based on online conversations alone proves harder than Bailey thought, and with her irritating but charismatic colleague Porter Roth distracting her at every turn, will she ever get to meet the mysterious Alex?


From the author of Night Owls comes a story of summer, first love and hidden identities...



                                                                            My Review: 

****More likely than not there will be spoilers for this book in my review, if you have not read it yet, and do not want the book to be spoiled for you, do not read any further. You have been warned. Continue reading at your own risk****

I head about this book forever ago, and I cannot tell you how much I've been looking forward to it ever since that time. Like, SUPER DUPER excited. It was on my list of most anticipated books of 2017.  Everything about it made me go oooh and ahhhhh over it {the cover, the premise, and I love the fact that it was compared to "You've Got Mail" because I have seen that movie about a million and one times with my mom} And I  probably would have sold my soul to Crowley to be able to read it early. Yes, I was that excited for it.

And then when I actually had the book in my hands, I was kind of nervous. Because I had it so hyped up in my head, I was worried it wouldn't live up to all my hopes and expectations. And then when Bailey kept going on and on about how she was an Artful Dodger, and using the words evade, evaders and evasions, I got even more worried! I thought that Bailey was going going to meet up with "Alex" and then get scared that they were getting too close, and use her Artful Dodger Skills to turn tail and disappear with a whole bunch of drama that would give me a headache.

But despite all of the talk about dodging and avoiding, and disappearing and what have you, that isn't what this book is about. Not really. This book was about growing up, and going outside of your comfort zone, and doing things that scare that bajeezus out of you. Learning to trust people even though it's a terrifying thought to put yourself out there. I mean, that's what I got out of it at least.

I love hearing things from Bailey's perspective. She's a character that I can relate to. She's hilarious and cringe worthy, and someone that I could see myself being bffs with.

I love Porter, and his swoony-ness. And his smart alecky-ness. Ugh. He was equal parts endearing and irritating, I couldn't decide if I wanted to smack him or kiss him.

I love the relationship that Bailey and Porter have. They annoy the crap out of each other, and they're ALWAYS bickering and picking at each other. Not so much fun in real life, no, however I thought that it made their inevitable get together all the more satisfying. Like "YAAASSS, Finally! *Queue awful dancing here, because I can't dance to save my life*

I was expecting there to be a lot more drama with the whole reveal of who the secret pen pal was, but I'm not that mad about it. I mean, Porter threw a little hissy fit but got over it pretty quickly. But I absolutely loved it, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fairly quick, fun read.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review: Fish Out of Water by Natalie Whipple

Fish Out of Water
Fish Out Of Water 
By Natalie Whipple
My Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: February 5th, 2015
Hardcover, 360 Pages























  Summary From Goodreads:
Mika Arlington was supposed to spend the summer after her junior year shadowing her marine biologist parents at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when her estranged grandmother randomly shows up on the doorstep one day, those plans are derailed. Because Grandma Betty isn't here to play nice—she is cranky, intolerant of Mika's mixed-race-couple parents, and oh yeah she has Alzheimer's and is out of money.  While Mika's family would rather not deal with Grandma Betty, they don't have much choice. And despite Mika's protests, she is roped into caring for a person that seems impossible to have compassion for. And if that wasn't hard enough, Mika must train the new guy at her pet shop job who wants to be anywhere else, and help a friend through her own family crisis. Something's gotta a give, but whichever ball Mika drops means losing someone she loves. Not exactly a recipe for Best Summer Ever—or is it?
My Review:
First, I want to talk about the back of the book for a minute





As far as little snippets on the back of the book goes, this one is probably my favorite of all time. It really hit me in the feels when I first read it, and I got kind of emotional. I don't know why, I just did! And that, I think, is when I knew this was going to absolutely FANTASTIC. 

I was so excited when I found this one, because I love Natalie Whipple, and then the back of the book kind of punched me in the gut too, so I decided to give it a shot. Why not, right?

So first I'm going to talk a little bit about what I didn't like. The fact that when everyone went out golfing, and everyone made a big deal out of Mika's outfit. I was just like "what even? who cares? I wouldn't. I was kind of annoyed at Dylan for making it such a big deal (but I do realize that he was looking out for her, and his heart was in the right place) Once I got over that annoyance, and I realized that this book was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, I was okay.

Now that I've gotten that out of my system, time to talk about what I did like:

There was so much depth and character development in this book. I found myself cheering for their success, and crying with them when something bad happened.

Mika had so much more patience with Grandma Betty than I would have. (Actually, I say that, but I think if I were in her situation, I would probably be pretty patient) It took her a while to warm up to Betty (and that is completely understandable) and stop resenting her for being there and being such a hateful person. Even when Betty was being mean to Mika and Dylan yelled at her and called her out on her nastiness, Mika still defended Betty, because she was family.

Joel was one of my favorite characters as well. He was always so upbeat and positive, even when the situation was pretty sad

I liked the friendships in this book, and even though sometimes they had communication issues (talk to each other more, people!) They never let that stop them from being there when they needed each other

I loved Mika and how real and quirky she was. She loves fish, and she wants, more than anything, to get an internship at the same aquarium where her parents work. I like that she would just spout off random fish facts (I learned a lot about fish when I read this book)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)A Court Of Wings And Ruin
By Sarah J. Maas
My Rating: 5 Million Fabulous Stars
Date Read: Forever Ago 2017
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Hardback, 699 Pages





Summary From Goodreads

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.






 MY REVIEW:
First of all, it is ridiculous that it has taken me so long to write a review for this book. I read it when it first came out MONTHS ago. I've just been having a hard time putting all of my thoughts and feels into sentences that make any kind of sense. So, I mean, I'll try now, but I'm not promising anything.

ALSO, IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET BUT YOU ARE PLANNING ON IT STOP READING RIGHT NOW. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. CONTINUE READING AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Oh my gosh. oh my gosh. OHMYGOSH ohmygosh OH MY HOLY FREAKING GAAAAAAAAAH!  *BOOM* What was that? Oh, just my brain exploding, no big deal. I love this book (and the series as a whole, actually) so much. Like, if it were possible to give more than 5 stars, I would. I would give it #AllTheStars if I could. I've been so excited for this book to come out for a long time because I needed to know what happened, and um, Rhysand. Yeah, I needed more of him. The closer it got to the release date, the more frantic I became. I talked about it NON STOP, and to be honest, I probably annoyed the frak out of my family because of it. I went out and bought it the morning it came out ( I got up super early and made a pit stop at the store--two stores actually, because the first one didn't have it out yet, the jerks!--before work, because I was that dedicated to the cause and I wanted, no, NEEDED to have it in my hands, even if I couldn't read it right away.) I will admit, even though I was annoyingly and ecstatically happy, there was an itty bitty part of me that was worried about it. Because, as all of my bookish friends pointed out, we've never seen the end of a Sarah J Maas book before. We didn't know how she liked to end things. Add to that the fact that there were rumors going around that at the end of the book it switched over to Rhysand's Point Of View, which had me (And every other person in the ACOTAR fandom) in a panic, because we were remembering one of the last times an author did that to us, and it was NOT a good thing *cough* Veronica Roth I'm looking at you *cough* But I worried for nothing. (Well actually it wasn't for nothing... SARAH J MAAS ripped out my heart and stomped on it, not once, but TWICE, and I almost died. It physically hurt me, and I almost, ALMOST threw the book against the wall and refused to finish it.) I kept reading though, I powered through my heartbreak, and I finished this book late Friday/early Saturday, depending on how you look at it, and I've started writing a review, so many times since then, but I feel like I'm not really doing it justice, so I will erase what I have and then start over. My head is still spinning from everything.

Feyre has grown up SO much from the first book. She went from a headstrong human girl, to a broken/broken hearted fey, who was slowly going crazy, to finally accepting what she was and what she did, and just what that means for her. And now? Now she is FIERCE. A force to be reckoned with. In ACOMAF, thanks largely to Rhysand and the Inner Circle, we get to see her slowly healing and figuring out what her strengths are. She's finding herself a new family in the most unexpected place. And in the third book, I just, I don't even know how to describe it. She knows what she wants, and will do anything in her power to get it. She will do whatever it takes to keep her family safe, and she's so cunning it blew my mind. I know that some people were mildly worried about her at the end of the second book because she was with Tamlin again, but that worry was misplaced. Our girl Feyre's got this handled. She's not a damsel in distress (never was actually, despite what Tamlin The Tool might have thought) she's got things handled. She is stronger and smarter than she was when she was with Tamlin, she's been trained by the best of the best. She went with Tamlin because she had a plan to get back at him, and make him pay for betraying them all to Hybern. She was very clever, and conniving, and every single thing she did, thought, said, etc, was done so for a reason. It was so amazing, I loved it.

RHYSAND. Holy Guacamole. He is probably my favorite book boyfriend in the history of ever. (and I've read a lot of books) He never yells at Feyre or belittles her or makes her feel stupid, even when she does the dumbest sh** ever. He doesn't explode in anger when Feyre disagrees with him, or tells him what he's doing is wrong or calls him out on something(like Tamlin) or tells him he's being stupid. They always talk things through, and come to an agreement. Or they agree to disagree. He won't let her apologize for making decisions on her own, and will absolutely not let her apologize for her thoughts, opinions, etc. She got so used to apologizing when she was in the Spring Court, and trying to smooth things over to keep Tamlin happy. Rhys made sure that Feyre knew that it was okay to have her own opinions, and that she SHOULD tell him what she's thinking. He wants her to call him out when she thinks he's full of BS, and that he loves her for her sassiness. He also made sure that she knew that he saw the two of them as equals in anything and everything. Not only are they mates, but he made her the High Lady of the Night Court, something that hasn't been done before. (Leave it to Rhys Darling to thumb his nose at traditions. That's my boy!!) Sure he might not like the idea of Feyre putting herself in danger, but he sure isn't going to stop her from doing it. If anything, he's going to make sure that he's right there beside her, to watch her back. He told her that she should never have to apologize to him for speaking her mind. He's also super hilarious, which is a plus. He respects Feyre when she tells him no. Like when the High Lords were together in the same house and she didn't want to have sex with Rhysand because she felt super awkward with Tamlin being under the same roof. Rhys said okay, and that was that. No trying to get her to change her mind. No making her feel guilty. He accepted it and they moved on. I also absolutely adore Rhysand's ability to Keep Calm And Carry On. Even if he's mentally freaking out on the inside, he doesn't let it show. That's a great talent to have, and it keeps people guessing. Sometimes people tend to underestimate Rhys and his power, and when he chooses to unleash it... Oh my. Case in point, when the High Lords were having their meeting and Tamlin just kept running his big fat mouth and saying awful things about Feyre. Rhysand literally took away Tamlin's ability to speak. I can't tell you how hard I was cheering when he did that. It made my heart happy. He didn't resort to violence, but he did manage to remind everyone that he is a force to be reckoned with.

Azriel is another one of my favorites. Okay, honesty time here. I love everyone in Rhysand's Inner Circle, soooo... Yeah. But Azriel is my soulmate (because Rhys is obviously very taken.) He's the tall dark and handsome type. He's quiet, and when he's in an uncomfortable situation he LITERALY tries to melt into the shadows (I almost died when I read that) He's so endearing. And some of the stuff that does come out of his mouth is hilarious. He's got a sassy side.

Ready for another honest moment that some people (like my best friend, who I made read the books) will totally and completely disagree with me about? I want Azriel and Elain to end up together. Now now, I know Elain and Lucien are mates. I KNOW that. But Az and Elain are just too cute and I can't handle it. They're like day and night, they're both quiet, and and and they're just amazing. I want Lucien to be happy of course, but he can be happy with someone else. That Firebird Princess he went to find, perhaps? I don't know. I mean, I'll be okay if Lucien and Elain remain a thing, but I will forever be a shipper of  Elriel.

And now here's where I talk about my favorite Smol Bean.... TARQUIN! He's like, my super favorite character. Like, if I had to give you my top 10 favorite characters from the series, he'd be number 2, right under Rhysand, and above Azriel at number 3. He's just so sweet, and really wants to change things. He was still pretty unhappy with Rhys and the rest of the Night Court (which is super understandable considering what happened.) And he was pretty suspicious of their intentions when they approached him about... stuff. But he managed to move past all that (because he really did want to be their friends) and he ended up being one of their biggest supporters when it was important. And he was the first one to step up and offer a piece of himself when it came time for the Rhysurection. He wants things to be better, and he wants good relationships with not only the people in his court, but other courts as well. And it just did my heart good to see things work out for the better. Now I just want him to be one of the main characters in the next arc of the series. I would love to see him get his very own Happily Ever After. And I fully believe that he'd follow Rhysand's lead and make his mate High Lady of the Winter Court.

Now we're going to talk about my boy Tamlin the Tool. He was such a jerk in this book. Really, he was. I get that he was upset with Feyre and Rhys, and he wasn't really understanding what was going on. But I was upset with him. How could he not see just how horrible he'd been? That treating Feyre the way that he did was just absolutely awful and was hurting her more than protecting her. He did the things that he did because he was being selfish, and he lashed out at Feyre and the others incessantly, and it was kind of getting on my nerves. I wanted to shake him and tell him to snap out of it and stop being such a moron. I was so glad when Rhysand took his voice away, even if it was only temporary. Now, saying all of that, I was proud of him for finally turning over a new leaf, so to speak. I'm not saying he fully redeemed himself, because he has a hell of a way to go before that happens, but he certainly got himself back on the right path. I will admit, I questioned his intentions at every turn when he claimed he was all for helping the others in the quest to fight Hybern (Uh, he better help, it's all his fault that Hybern's back in the first freaking place.) and after The Meeting Of The High Lords, when everything went to H-E-Double Hockey Sticks and he "ran right back to Hybern to tell him everything that happened" I may or may not have said a few bad words, and cursed him to the Cauldron and back. So Imagine my surprise when we find out that he actually isn't Hybern's whipping boy, and when he caused a diversion so that Feyre could rescue her sister and that other girl. I was impressed. And he got over himself enough to help Feyre save Rhysand when it really mattered.

And speaking of other things that I did not see coming. Jurian was one of them. I was so surprised, and happy that he turned out to not be an evil, revenge seeking jerkface butt monkey that everyone was so worried about. Also, the ending with Feyre's father. I honestly thought that he was a good for nothing loser who abandoned his daughters, but no. He was actually working so very hard to bring help to them, and it really warmed my heart to see that. Though I do think that his death was pointless. And then there was MOR! I love her so much, and I totally did not see that little plot twist coming at all whatsoever.

There were so many other plot twists in here that I absolutely loved, and there was so much depth and character development in here. Who knew I would end up having a soft spot for the bone carver or Bryaxis. And Amren and her coolness, and the fact that she was willing to sacrifice herself to help the cause.

I am so so so so so so sad to see this story arc end, but I am also super excited to see where else the next arc is going to take us. There are so many things that I want to see. I want to see how things work out for Lucien and Elain, I want things to work out with Amren and Varian. I want things to work out for Cassian and Nesta. I want to see what else happens with Tarquin, and Tamlin, and the Firebird Princess.... And so many other things.  Sarah J. Maas is an incredible writer, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side
By Your Side
By Kasie West
My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: February 2017
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Paperback, 352 Pages



















                                                         


 Summary From Goodreads: 


In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?



                                                                            My Review: 

"Locked in the library for an entire weekend" *BLINKS* The. Entire. Weekend. *Heavy Breathing* That would be one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. Okay, maybe not the whole weekend, but like a day or two... in fact, I get to work a lock-in at the library where I work, but that is a story for a different time

Anyway. I love Kasie West books. Like, super love them. The boys are swoony, and the MC's are super relatable, and so now I'm going to try to review this and have it make sense. Here goes nothing:


Things that made me go ehhhhh

Where are the phones? Or in my haste and excitement at having this new shiny Kasie West book, did I read over it.  Why didn't Autumn pick one up and dial a friend or family member? I'm speaking from personal experience here... but the library that I work at, even after hours has a phone that works... Sure, when patrons call in they will get an automated message explaining that the library is closed, and when it will be open again, blah, blah, blah. But you can still dial out and make calls.

And the food situation. Again, I'm just going by the way my library does things. We have some kind of food there all the time. Stuff that has a pretty good shelf life that ALL staff can munch on during the day. Crackers, Chips, bags of un-popped popcorn that you can throw in the microwave. Lots of candy {I'm usually the one who brings the candy in} granola bars, bottles of water. So as you can see, if someone were trapped in my library for a 3 day weekend, they'd be able to eat and not worry so much about rationing it off. I do realize that every library is different, and this one is fictional, so yeah... But I just had a hard time finding that to be realistic.

Okay, time to stop being nit picky now

Things that made me go oooooooooooh *Heart Eyes*

The Cover. I think I've loved every single book cover of Kasie's. There's just something so, I don't know, je ne sais quoi about them. So adorable, and they really do match the feel that the books give you when you read them.


This book was exactly what I was expecting from Kasie West: an adorably fluffy light read, that isn't super long. This one though, had a little more edge/drama than West's previous books, but it made it all the more awesome in my opinion.

The chemistry between Dax and Autumn. It was so entertaining. There was so much tension between the two of them, and so much "I don't wanna like you, but I kind of do"

Dax's character in general. He's looked at as a bad boy. A rebel. Someone who should be avoided at all costs. But in reality, he's not. He's actually very kind, and caring. And people should just stop gossiping and lying about him all the time. Not that I'm saying he's perfect, because he is definitely not. But he's also not the horrible person that every one makes him out to be, and he actually grows quite a lot throughout the story.

I also really liked the premise of the whole thing. I mean, getting spend the night in the library is pretty exciting.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
By Maggie Stiefvater
My Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Hardcover, 416 Pages


























 Summary From Goodreads:
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”


It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.


My Review:
I tried to read this book so many times when it first came out, because I loved Steifvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls series, as well as the Books of Faerie series. But no matter how hard I tried, I just could NOT make it through more than a couple of pages. Nothing about it seemed to capture my interest long enough for me to really get into it. So I stopped. I put the book down and I walked away from it.

I kind of forgot about it for a little bit, but then all of a sudden I kept hearing about it again. Some of my friends and coworkers read it and liked it, there were a bunch of reviews for it that kept running through my news feed on Goodreads, and from Blogs that I follow. And then a patron that I was helping one night highly recommended it. So I was like, okay. With all of the hype going around about this book, I need to give it at least one more chance.

So I checked out the actual book along with the audio version of it, and went on my merry way. I made it all the way through this time, and I was happily surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it. Though I am going to accredit that to the audio book, which, if you know me is a BIG deal. I can count on one hand the number of audio books I've listened to.

I liked the characters, and how quirky they all were. Blue was so funny, and so true to herself throughout the whole book. She was awkward and quirky, and that made me love her all the more.

 I liked the relationship she had with all the boys, and the close friendship all the boys shared with each other, though sometimes some of the things they said and did, made me cock my head to the side and go "ohhkaaayyy...?"

Gansey: Was so charming and hilarious, and sometimes came off as being spoiled and pompous, even though he didn't mean to. He said things without thinking about how they sounded to other people, but he's actually the sweetest guy and beats himself up when he unintentionally sounds like a jerk. He actually thinks a lot about other people, and his heart is in a good place.

Ronan: Came off as being a class-A JERK, but I still love him. I know there's a reason for why he's that way, and I can't bring myself to think anything bad about him. He's loyal to his friends and family (well...) and he'd do pretty much anything for them (Okay, with the exception of maybe one person)

Noah: Oh, my Lanta, Noah. He's the most adorable, and the sweetest. I just want to hug him all the time. I can't really say too much more without getting all spoilery (just in case there are other people like me who have yet to read this book) but yeah, I just wanna hug Noah.

Adam: Oh Adam. He was probably my faaaavorite Raven Boy. He tried so hard to prove that he fit in with the others even though he never believes that he does. Even though Gansey and Noah and Ronan would all do anything for him. He has a hard time believing that he is worthy of anything good, but at the same time that's all he works so hard for. He wants to be accepted. He wants to fit in. He was probably the most unsure character, in my opinion. And that made him more lovable.

This book switched back and forth between a few different characters, which was nice, because you got to see a little more of what was going on in their heads. But at the same time it has the ability to be a little confusing if you forget which character it is who is narrating.

It was pretty slooooow paced, which at times was okay, because of all of the details and information getting thrown at you. It was easier to digest, so to speak. You got a chance to think about what you learned, and process what that meant for the characters.

And then the one thing that I liked the least was the romance/no romance thing. One of the things that I was expecting from it was some kind of romance, especially since Blue kept talking about how she was destined to kill her true love. I kind of took that to mean that there would be at least a little bit of romance. Flirty scenes. Things that put them into awkwardly romantic situations. I don't know. More than just thinking about it all the time. But that's my opinion.

I still don't think I would have been able to make it through the whole thing without the help of the audiobook, but I do think I will continue on with the next book in the series, because I am curious to see what happens next.





















Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts



The Replacement Crush
The Replacement Crush
By Lisa Brown Roberts
My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: December 2016
Publication Date: September 16th, 2016
Paperback, 400 pages




















Summary From Goodreads:
True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.


My Review:
I had no idea that Lisa Brown Roberts had any other books released--I know, I know, bad Kait! Keep up with authors if you like their books! But when I found that there were other books, you better believe that I snatched it up. And boy oh boy am I glad that I did. I absolutely adored How (Not) To Fall In Love, and this one was just as good. Though I will be honest and admit that it did take me a little longer to actually get into this one.

I was a little bit annoyed with Vivi and her obsession with the stupid boy who broke her heart and the list of safe crushes. Like, really? Why? And it was worse because OBVIOUSLY there was Nerd Hot Dallas who was perfect for her in every way, and he liked her, but she refused to even entertain the idea, because reasons...

 But, whatever, moving on. I loved all the different fandom references and the fact that not only is Vivi a book blogger, but she works at a bookstore and her mom is an author. Plus all the references to ARCs and sub genres, etc. I felt that those things added a certain charm to the book, and made it more relatable for me as a reader, because not only am I a book blogger myself, but I work at a library, and all those terms are familiar to me

I thought that Dallas was a fantastic character, kind of mysterious at times, but also super hilarious. I had my suspicions about who he was and what he had to do with the different things that were going on, and I was kind of right about some of them, and totally wrong on the others.

So go, give this book a read, and let me know what you think about it in the comments below!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I Did A Thing

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