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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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Top 10 Books Read in 2016

Now, I was originally planning on posting this list before the end of the year but, you know, things got crazy, so here it is now. My top ten favorite books (in no particular order) read in 2016:

Hyperbole and A HalfHyperbole And A Half by Allie Brosh
Holy. Moly.
This book was so funny. Like rotflol funnny. I know this one was published awhile ago, but I finally got around to reading it, and I am so glad that I did

The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines
I love watching Fixer Upper, and I think that Gaines family is super adorable. I knew reading this book was going to be fun, and it totally was. I loved getting to hear more about Chip and Joanna's relationship, and all the crazy hi-jinks that Chip got the two of them into.


Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. A spin on Peter Pan that I absolutely adored! Plus the ca-razy hunky Captain Hook, yes please, I want some more!


Bad Blood (The Naturals, #4)

 Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This was the last (?) book in The Naturals series, and oh boy. There were oh so many twists and turns in this one, it made my head spin, but I loved every minute of it.

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame 
 The Way To Game The Walk Of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
This one was absolutely positively one of my absolute favorites of 2016. I don't even have the right words to describe it, so just check out my review for it here.

Dan and Phil Go Outside

Dan And Phil Go Outside by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
So I think it's pretty safe to say that I will read and love every single book that Dan and Phil write... It's always fun, and super entertaining.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas
So I really really really really really liked the first book in this series, but I really really really really really love this one. It gives me all the feels, because not everyone is really all they seemed to be in the last book, and... yeah. Just read it.

Dear My (Blank) Dear My Blank by Emily Trunko
This book I happened upon by pure accident, and it took me by surprise just how good it was. I have letters that I've written to people, and then torn up, and I think that being able to anonymously submit a letter to someone is a great idea. She has a Tumblr that she runs by the same name, that everyone should check out. Click here to do just that.

The Replacement Crush 

The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown 
This one was really cute. It totally spoke to my inner nerd girl. I loved it despite some of my annoyances with the main character for being so obsessed with someone who was so stupid.


 Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman
Oh me, oh my. I knew I was going to love this book because:

the title
B--the cover

This was a cute, funny book, which is why it's rounding out my top 10 reads of 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Review: Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman

By Cookie O'Gorman
My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: December 2016
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Paperback, 332 Pages

 Summary From Goodreads:

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz. Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she's done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There's only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take. 

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast. 

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally's best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He'd do anything for Sal--even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she's "more than pretty," and expertly kissing her at parties.

 The problem: Sally's been in love with Becks all her life--and he's completely clueless. 

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question: 

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

My Review:

First of all, I love the word Adorkable, and this book was everything I thought it would be and more, just by reading the title... And looking at the cover. I know, I shouldn't have judged the book by its cover, but I did, and it was fantastic, so everything is fine.

I have the e-version of this book downloaded on my Kindle app, but I just never got around to reading it until my library bought a physical copy. I am upset with myself for not reading it sooner, especially since I had the opportunity! It has plot holes, and things that I shook my head at, but it was nothing that made me ever consider putting it down and stop reading it. There wasn't too much drama, surprisingly enough, especially compared to other books with similar story lines.

Becks. Baldwin Eugene Charles Kent. Swoon. SWOON. SA-WOOOOON. That's pretty much all I have to say about him... He was so cute, and so funny, and I think I've found myself a new book boyfriend. Not to mention the fact that he reminds me of someone that I know, so I went back and forth from giggling to cringing because I was picturing my friend as Becks the whole time.

I love Sal. She was so funny, but sometimes kind of naive. I also found that I could really relate to Sal, and I thought that was pretty cool. Like, we could be BFFS for real, and I wouldn't be pressuring her to get a boyfriend, or set her up on terrible blind dates.

Speaking of...

I wanted to slap Sal's mom and Hooker. SERIOUSLY. Stop trying to hook Sal up with people. She obviously wasn't happy with it and, just, why? She's 17 years old, there's no reason that she needs to have a boyfriend. There's no reason for anyone to be pressured into having a boyfriend or girlfriend if they don't want to. Ugh. Just don't it. I'll stop my rant about that right here.

This was a super adorable YA contemporary read, that is great for fans of Kasie West, or anyone looking for a quick read. There is so much chemistry between Becks and Sal. It was swoony, but managed to keep it sweet as well. It is something I wouldn't think twice about letting my 12 year old sister read.

One thing I am hoping for is a book that tells Ash's story. He was an interesting character, but I feel like you didn't really get to know him very well, and I'd like to learn more about him.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe
Holding Up The Universe
By Jennifer Niven
My Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: November 2016
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Hardcover, 284 pages

                                                           Summary From Goodreads: 

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

                                                                            My Review: 

I'd never read anything quite like this book, and I was actually pleasantly surprised by it. I liked how Libby was such a strong character, and how, even though she did kinda sorta cared about what people thought, she also didn't give two flying figs... {Does that make sense? I feel like it doesn't, but oh well}.

There was so much character building going on in this book, and learning how to love yourself for who you are. I wasn't so fond of Jack for the longest time, even though he did have his moments. I thought that he was pretty immature, and it took a long time for me to warm up to him. I am glad that he grew up as the book went on, and learned to embrace is flaws.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Reveiw: How To Make Out by Brianna R. Shrum

How to Make Out
How to Make Out
By Brianna R. Shrum
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Date Read: October 2016
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Hardcover, 284 pages

                                                           Summary From Goodreads: 

Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

So, she decides to learn to do . . . well . . . everything. When her anonymous blog shifts in a more scandalous direction and the questions (and money) start rolling in, she has to learn not just how to do waterfall braids and cat-eye makeup, but a few other things, like how to cure a hangover, how to flirt, and how to make out (something her very experienced, and very in-love-with-her neighbor, Drew, is more than willing to help with).

As her blog’s reputation skyrockets, so does “new and improved” Renley’s popularity. She’s not only nabbed the attention of the entire school, but also the eye of Seth Levine, the hot culinary wizard she’s admired from across the home-ec classroom all year.

Soon, caught up in the thrill of popularity both in and out of cyberspace, her secrets start to spiral, and she finds that she’s forgotten the most important how-to: how to be herself. When her online and real lives converge, Renley will have to make a choice: lose everything she loves in her new life, or everyone she loves in the life she left behind.

                                                                            My Review: 
I liked this book. And I'm going to ignore the fact that it makes no sense for Renley to start a Blog where people have to pay to learn how to do things, when there is Google... That will tell you what you need to know for free...Yeah, ignoring that...

Renley drove me crazy at times. The fact that she was so dense and couldn't see that Drew was head over heels in love with her. She never even let it be a thought that they could be a couple. And she was just so consumed with being obsessed with Seth... and yeah, he's cool and everything, but I mean, DREW. I think that he was my favorite part about the book. He was so patient with Renley, and he was an amazing friend. He put up with a lot when it came to Renley. Things that would usually obliterate a friendship. He would do whatever for Renley, even if it was breaking his heart, because he loved her so much. Even when he was majorly ticked at her, if she needed him, he was there.

I get that Renley started up the Blog as a way to earn money, I really do. But why not just get a real job? You know, where you earn a paycheck every week (or every other week) doing normal worky type things... That seems like it would be less of a headache. But I'm ignoring it!

I wish that there had been a little more closure with different people by the end of the book, but I get that not every story is going to end with a happily ever after, and tied up with a little bow. But I loved that Ren figured things out with her dad, and her stepmom was pretty amazing too.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent

The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise, #2)
The Flame Never Dies
By Rachel Vincent
My Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: September 2016
Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
Hardcover, 343 pages

Summary From Goodreads:
One spark will rise.

Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen…even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review:

Oh. My. Gosh. I think my brain may have exploded while reading this book. So many things happened. So. Many. Things.

I said in my review for The Stars Never Rise that I had my suspicions about how things were going to go down, and I'm glad to say that I was wrong for the most part. I've never been so happy to have been wrong about something actually.

This book seemed a little more graphic than the last one... Either that or I was just so in love with The Stars Never Rise that I just didn't notice it.

I didn't know that this was a duology until after I finished reading the second book. But when I did find out, I was super upset. Like, throw the book against the wall upset. {No, I did not throw my book against the wall, but I wanted to.} Sure a lot of things wrapped themselves up quite nicely, but there were some others that I'd have liked to see answered. I wish that there had been an epilogue where it tells you where the gang is now, and how Nina's little nephew is, and how things are going since the big ol' revelation about Nina and some of the others... I don't know, the end of this book made me want to cry. I wanted more of Nina and Finn. Oh well, you win some, you lose some... I still love Rachel Vincent.