Personal Opinion/Review #11: The Rest of Us Just Live Here By Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Okay let me just start by saying THE COVER GLOWS IN THE DARK!!!!!! okay so this was not informed to me by the sales rep who recommended this read to me. I mean she had be convinced at book that tells the story of the normal behind the scenes people in all those supernaturally character focus stories, but I might have picked this up way earlier if she had just mentioned the glow in the dark cover.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

So like I mentioned above this book tells the simple story of the normals living in the background of the stories usually told about the indies (supernatural people) saving the world. I love the way that Ness tells the story; we still get small blurbs of the supernatural story and the main story revolves around the normals just living. There are points throughout the book where I feel that there are lulls and others where I just feel like screaming at the characters to stop being so silly. This book does however deal with many mental health issues in multiple characters as well as having a LBGTQ aspect, with every character bring something new to the story. There is so much information and genres crammed into this small quick read, that if you aren’t sure if you might like it that there are others to latch onto throughout the story.

Rating: 4/5

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Personal Opinion/Review #10: The Upside of Unrequited By Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

I am on a huge contemporary kick this summer, there is just something about the warm weather by the pool with a super cute couple in undying love. This book was great for that purpose. The main character was totally relatable, at least to myself, and super cute.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

OMG, so the main character Molly is very relatable I don’t care what anyone says we all crush on so many people. I would hate to think if someone had counted the number of crushes I had in high school, heck even into my young adult life. I felt so nostalgic reading along with Molly’s summer life and all the mishaps and happy moments that took place along the ride. The writing style of romance and swoon is very similar to the style in the previous blog post I did about Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I do really enjoy Albertalli’s books and will continue to read all she puts out.

Rating:5/5

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Personal Opinion/Review #9: Geekerella By Ashley Poston

Geekerella

I have heard soooo much about this book, both through blog reviews and booktube, and none of this has been negative. There was also the fact that this was a retelling, which was a mega win!!! Have I mentioned that I love retellings?

Goodreads Synopsis:

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. 

This was an amazing story, I loved the characters personalities and the flow of the story. I read this book in 4 days which is actually pretty fast for me, as I don’t get a lot of reading time lately. The writing style was addicting leaving the end of every chapter with a hanger of sorts leaving you wanting more more more. The only down fall I found of this book is that I would have liked to have seen more of a ending to the plot of the stepmother and step-sisters, as the ending of the story does revolve greatly the love story relationship.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Personal Opinion/Review #8: Stealing Snow By Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

I have this huge fascination with fairy tales and their retelling, there is just something about taking a childhood happiness and turning it into an adulthood happiness; or taking one of those tales and making a darker story out of the bits that were never very clear.

After reading Unhooked By Lisa Maxwell and Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer, I have been on the hunt for my next favourite retelling. I have been to several stores and asked many people what they thought and if they had any recommendations, the consensus came to this  Stealing Snow By Danielle Paige.

Goodreads Synopsis:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

This big had some big expectations put on it and I was a little worried going in that I may be setting it up for failure; However, Danielle Paige did an amazing job turning the classic Snow White fairy tale into something dark and fun. I had a very difficult time finishing the book, just because I knew that it would be over and I would have to wait for the next book. The characters had very lovable personalities and the boys (not the King) in this book just make your heart melt. There are some plot points that just blew me out of the water though, that I feel like I could have used a heads-up before hand.  I do still look forward to this series and my escape continuing.

Rating: 4.25/5

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Personal Opinion/Review #7: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I have been in a small reading slump, I used to be able to read a few books a week and I am now reading one; this book however I read in an afternoon. I was totally consumed with this book and it wasn’t only because my other option was to watch my boyfriend play Skyrim.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

This was a great LGBTQ contemporary; I wish there was books like this to read when I was in highschool, good and clean romance. The scenarios portrayed in this novel are a mild show of how cruel and mean highschool kids can act. Simon spends most the book fighting his inner self and feeling in secure about himself and the relationships he has with those around him, you don’t have to be part of the LGBTQ community to relate to the feelings throughout. I would recommend this book in a heart beat!

Rating: 5/5

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Personal Opinion\Review #6: The Winner’s Kiss By Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

The Winner’s Kiss is the third and final book in The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. This was my favourite book of the three; the characters and plot seem to have all the kinks from book two out of their system it was very fast paced, dramatic and exciting.

Goodreads Synopsis:

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

I was quickly absorbed into this book, the drama from the end of the second book is running full tilt throughout this one. I had a very hard time putting it down the 3 or 4 times I picked it up. Kestrel and Arin are too cute and the drama that surrounds them is all consuming. I can’t say however that I wasn’t relieved that the angst of this teenage relationship and drama was finally over.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Personal Opinion/Review #5: The Winner’s Crime By Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

The Winner’s Crime is the second book in this trilogy and to be honest it wasn’t my favourite of the two so far. I had a hard time jumping into this book the character dynamics have all changed and there is now a new mix of personalities to acclimate.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Following your heart can be a crime

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Once I was finally able to get into the story line of this book, which took a while as it started out pretty slow, I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately the love for the main character, Kestrel, that was had in the first book is lost in the poor decisions she makes throughout this book. Arin, however developed this new cute baby animal love that you just want to help him and give him all the answers he needs along the way. There are many new characters throughout this book as well; The Emperor (hate), Verex (verdict is still out), Tenson (love). That being said the rollercoaster of character love-hate makes this book an addictive read for sure.

Rating: 4/5

Starting The Winner’s Kiss, the third and final book in this series tonight.

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Personal Opinion/Review #4: The Winner’s Curse By Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

This is the first book in The Winner’s Trilogy, again this book was a recommendation. I seem to have a hard time choosing my own reads, if left to me I would be buying one of everything in the bookstore.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I am not usually interested in the fantasy genre, however a sales rep convinced me to buy several recently. I started with Rutkoski and this was a great choice, her writing style and character development tells an amazing story. The main character is the daughter of the general, who accidently flips her world on its head. The girl who can read everyone just couldn’t read the one person her friends and people need her to, you spend the whole book questioning how she will fix this new problem she has gotten herself into.

I am very happy I had already purchased the second book in this trilogy when I finished the first and I will be running out to purchase the third and final book very soon. I have been in a reading rut and this series seems like just the thing I needed to get me out. The romance and suspense keeps me up late with an inability to put this series down.

Rating: 4.5/5

I will post about the second book The Winner’s Crime soon.

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Personal Opinion/Review #3: Wallbanger By Alice Clayton

Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)

This is not of my normal young adult genre, it was a recommendation of a sales rep and the book store. I am not usually a reader of adult books, I more enjoy an easier quick read that doesn’t require much thinking. I didn’t expect much from this book when I picked it up, it has been on the TBR pile for a long time. I picked it up off the shelf recently and read the back of the cover, the comments and synopsis made it out to be a fun read. THAT WAS JUST THE ESCAPE I NEEDED!!

I want to start by saying this book was a huge shock, it was the best of both worlds, it read like a trashy young adult but the characters made you actually feel like the adult I truly am. Clayton has an amazing writing style and I looked the cheesy romance from the beginning. Caroline the main character was a strong independent woman, with Simon being your typical bachelor; together they make a story that was very difficult to put down.

Clayton left my face sore from the smile plastered on my face throughout the read and it will probably take years to undo the laugh lines she has added to my face. Wallbanger is a great read and everyone should add it to their TBR piles or shelves and get to it when they need a good laugh or a cheesy romance story.

I should mention a warning that the later half of this book does contain a more graphic telling of adult content, that the first half makes humorous and shies past.

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Personal Opinion/Review #2: Unhooked By Lisa Maxwell

    This book … wow. Unhooked is an amazingly captivating retelling of an age old tale we have all heard, Peter Pan.

    Maxwell takes this age old tale of good, bad and wonderment; turning it on its hat. Leaving the reader questioning good vs. evil throughout this dark retelling. The story is written from the pov of Gwendolyn a young girl with a mother who has kept her from having a stable home by moving from place to place for Gwen’s entire childhood, running from these mysterious monsters on she can see. Gwen questions her mother’s sanity and then her own as she ends up questioning her memories and self as the story progresses. She is left to determine what she considers to be right and wrong, and when it comes to it who she can and will save.

    The Peter Pan you grew up with is no more after reading this gripping tale. The writing leads it to be a fast read with the inability to put the book down for long. I cannot sing enough praises for this book. It made for a grand escape from reality and a great addition to my personal library. Be sure to pick it up at a book store near you and let me know what you think.

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