More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera// Review

Before I start this review, I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to those in America who celebrate!

More Than Happy Not

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. 

Published by Soho Teen on June 2nd, 2015.

Genre(s): Contemporary with a twist.

My Format and Page Count: Hardcover// 293 Pages.

Buy on Amazon


Summary:

Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto – miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor or how his friends aren’t always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he’s can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.

“I’ve become this happiness scavenger who picks away at the ugliness of the world, because if there’s happiness tucked away in my tragedies, I’ll find it no matter what. If the blind can find joy in music, and the deaf can discover it with colors, I will do my best to always find the sun in the darkness because my life isn’t one sad ending—it’s a series of endless happy beginnings.”


There are a couple of trigger warnings for this book, those being Suicide, Depression, and gay bashing.

My Thoughts:

Adam Silvera is an author I always wanted to read from, so this is my first novel by him. He did not let me down. This is the first time I have ever read a book and saw a main character I relate to on a personal level. That being said, I loved this novel. There were some points that bored me a bit, but for the most part this book kept my attention. #OwnVoices literature is so important, so it is nice to see people on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum writing. The main character, Aaron, went through a coming out experience similar to what thousands of teens, so this is definitely a book that should be accessible to a younger audience. It has a heart breaking ending, but does eventually end happily.

Pros:

Gay Main Character: LGBT+ literature is important. If it is written by an LGBT identifying author, it makes it all the better. This book follows a gay main character who struggles to accept himself, especially due to the area he lives. He goes through some of the same struggles as gay teens in real life, and has some of the same thoughts. This is a very important contemporary novel with a twist.

Contemporary with a Twist: This book may come off as a contemporary novel, but it has a slight twist to it. It takes place in a near future, one that has a procedure called the Leteo procedure. It erases certain memories that the person no longer wants to relive, or can even change a whole part of a person. This is such an interesting take on the contemporary genre, giving a strong story an even larger edge.

The Characters: Adam Silvera wrote a diverse cast of characters living in the Bronx. There were characters you hated, characters you loved, and even characters that you weren’t sure of how to feel about. He does a great job especially with Aaron and Collin, the two gay characters. Aaron is the main character, and him being gay comes out of nowhere. The reasoning for this is revealed towards the end. Collin is the type to refuse to accept the fact that he is gay, and doesn’t really change throughout the novel.

Curve Balls: I am not going to go into this too much, but this book threw a lot of curve balls. Right when you think you know where it is going,  it takes a sharp turn and goes elsewhere. This is definitely something I liked.

The Relationships: I appreciated every relationship in this book. Some weren’t healthy, hell, most weren’t healthy, but they were realistic. They all served as a what not to do guide.

There are not any notable cons to this book.


*Spoiler Section*

  • Aaron and Collin: I appreciated this relationship. It showed 2 gay guys secretly dating even though they have girlfriends. Although the situation is screwed up, it does happen in real life, so I appreciate the addition of this. Collins character in general was a nice addition to the story.
  • Aaron’s Procedure: I was completely shook when it was revealed Aaron already had the procedure done… but it made sense. It gave us insight onto why he never saw any red flags as to being gay. It also revealed that he had a relationship with Collin.
  • Aaron’s Friends: When Aaron’s friends jumped him I was pissed. What assholes? All because he is gay? That just shows how nasty this world can be.
  • Thomas: I thought this book was going to be stereotypical. Best friends end up with each other. When it was revealed Thomas is straight I was surprised, but it was necessary. It shows everything doesn’t always turn out perfect.
  • Amnesia: Once again, this had me shook. I had NO idea this is how the book was going to turn out. Aaron is left with a certain kind of Amnesia, one that leaves him with short-term memory loss. It was a heart breaking conclusion, but he did end up with his happy ending.

*Spoiler Section Ends*


Overall, this book felt real. I appreciate what Silvera did, giving us real characters who identified as gay. I am excited to read more of his works.

My Rating: 4.75/5 Stars.

Would I Recommend?

–  I think this is an important read for teens struggling with their identity. Even if you are not, this may teach you what goes on in the minds of LGBT teens. Read it!!

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The Goodreads Book Tag

I have been looking around for some tags to do and I saw this one, so let us jump right in!

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1. What was the last book you marked as read? 

The last book I marked as read was More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. I absolutely loved this book, so I am happy this is the answer. The more I can talk about this novel, the better. I gave it a 4.5/5 Stars, and will have a review going up on Thanksgiving! 

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2. What are you currently reading? 

I am actually currently reading 3 books, the first of which being Sky Key , which is the second book in the Endgame Series by James Frey. This is one of my all time favorite series. People who haven’t read it often describe it as a Hunger Games rip off, but that is far from what this is. It is much better if you ask me. 

Next, I am reading Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. I am not going to say much about this, it is the last book in the series. Everyone knows what it is, I love it, blah blah blah. 

Finally, I am also reading Half Wild, a short story collection by Robin McArthur. This is a collection of stories following the people who live in Vermont, more specifically the woods. They tend to be of lower intelligence, or from family’s of such. I am not enjoying it at all. 

3. What was the last book you marked as “To-Read”?

The last book I put on my Goodreads TBR is Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman. I know close to nothing about this book, and the only reason I want to read it is because Booksandlala said it has a “teen horror” feeling. I love horror!

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4. Do you use the star rating system?

I definitely do… I not only use full stars, but books can even receive .5 or .25ths of a star from me. SO YES.

5. Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge? 

I am. I am only 2 books away from completing my goal of 50 books, which is significantly smaller than usual. Obviously for good reason, though. 

6. Do you have a wish list? 

Of course I do, I’m a reader????? 

7. Who are your favorite authors?

I love so many authors, but to pick a few I will say Ransom Riggs, Morgan Matson, and Rick Riordan. 

8. Have you joined any groups? 

Yes, I am apart of Around the Year in 52 Books, Bloggers Lift, #AYEARATHON, and Monthly Recommendations.

9. How many Goodreads shelves do you have?

I have 2 outside of the default 3. They are To-Buy and Classics TBR.


There you have it, The Goodreads Tag! I tag anyone who wants to do it!!

I hope you enjoyed, what was the last book you marked as read?

Monthly Recommendations: Books I’m Thankful For.

Before I stopped blogging, I decided to start doing monthly recommendations posts, all based on themes from the Goodreads group found here.  I only did one before leaving the blogosphere, but I decided to continue now that I am back! November’s topic is books I am thankful for!

The Fear Street Series by R. L Stine.

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This is the series that sparked my love of reading. I remember back in 3rd grade I would always have one of these for reading time. My teacher called my parents, asking them if they knew about me reading these at such a young age. They told her they don’t care what I read, they are just proud that I am reading. With that story aside, I still pick one of these up on occasion!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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Over the years I lost interest in reading, but in 7th grade this series brought me back. This is such a stereotypical answer, but that shows the degree in which these novels influenced literature. I will admit that the more time that goes by the more I realize these aren’t the greatest of books, but that isn’t enough to wipe the nostalgia and falter my opinion.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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This is my all time favorite series. This is also the series that brought me back into the reading world permanently. I know I talk about these books a lot on my blog, but deal with it! The world within these novels is so unique, and it helped me get away from my real life when times were tough. The catch? I haven’t even read the final novel. I was so worried and sad about finishing the series I put it off, but now that Ransom announced there will be 3 more book sin the series I can finish… after I reread Hollow City.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.

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This is a book that I am thankful for for different reasons then the rest. This is the first book that made me cry. That may not seem like a big deal for some people, but it is for me. I am not one to cry, especially while reading. This book actually cracked me open, doing something I didn’t think was possible. It may seem dumb, but this is something I am thankful for.

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan.

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Unpopular opinion: I enjoy this series more than Harry Potter. I love both, though. I am actually not finished with this series, but I am currently reading the final novel. This is the most fun I have had while reading a series, and it has taught me a lot about Greek Mythology, something I have always been interested in. It sits next ti Miss Peregrine’s in my all time favorites.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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This is one that is really important to me. It is the first book I read that I saw a main character that is similar to me. Growing up gay is never easy, and this is a novel that really catches the struggle gay teens encounter. It is something I will forever be grateful for.


Sorry for the short reasoning’s, this was meant to be a quick post for you guys!

What books are you grateful for? Let me know down below!

Down the TBR Hole #1

I have seen people doing this meme around, so I decided to start as well! My Goodreads TBR is RIDICULOUS. It has books I own and do not own, so I will be doing them ALL! This meme was started over on Lostinastory, which you can find here!

Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Current “To-Read” Shelf- 380 Titles.


Book 1: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.

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Date Added: December 21st, 2015.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgment: Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors, and I am actually reading the final book in the Percy Jackson series now. The only reason I haven’t read this yet is because I haven’t finished his other series, so it is safe to say I will be keeping this.

The Verdict: KEEP. 

2. Legend by Marie Lu. 

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Date Added: December 21st, 2015.

Do I Own It?: Nope.

The Judgment: Marie Lu is an author I really want to read. I rarely buy books full price, and the sole reason I haven’t read this is due to never finding it on sale.

The Verdict: KEEP.

3. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.

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Date Added: December 21st, 2015.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgment: Honestly, same as The Lost Hero.

The Verdict: KEEP.

4. Wake by Lisa McMann.

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Date Added: December 21st, 2015.

Do I Own It: No!

The Judgment: The premise of this book does sound interesting, but since I added it I lost interest. Most people I know who have read it disliked it (Other than one friend I have who is OBSESSED), so I think it’s safe to say I wont care for it too much.

The Verdict: REMOVE.

5. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

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Date Added: December 21st, 2015. (Damn, I was pumped when I discovered Goodreads.)

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgment: This series struck me due to the covers, then I heard how much people love it. My predicament? I don’t really care for the synopsis, but I know people who also didn’t think they would like it and did… Hm.

The Verdict: “Hesitant” KEEP.

6. Everlost by Neal Shusterman.

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Date Added: December 21st, 2015.

Do I Own It?: Nope.

The Judgment: This is the first one I actually needed to read the synopsis of again, and I realized why I added it in the first place. It sounds so intriguing! I don’t see any 5 star reviews of it in the featured reviews, though. I also don’t see anything worse than a 2!

The Verdict: KEEP.

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

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Date Added: December 21st, 2015.

Do I Own It?: Yes.

The Judgement: Leigh Bardugo is another on of those authors I REALLY want to read from. I have decided I will be reading the Grisha Trilogy before Six of Crows, though. So that answers this question!

The Verdict: KEEP.

8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

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Date Added: December 21st, 2015.

Do I Own It?: Yup.

The Judgment: Another one of those beloved books I haven’t read. I LOVE Beauty and the Beast, so I am sure I will love this.

The Verdict: KEEP.

9. Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

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Date Added: January 8th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yes, I own the pretty black and white Owlcrate edition!

The Judgement: I absolutely love the Lunar Chronicles, although I have only read the first two. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite stories and Marissa Meyer is one of my all time favorite authors… This is made for me.

The Verdict: KEEP!

10. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

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Date Added: January 8th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: A signed copy!

The Judgement: I actually met Susan Dennard for the release of this book. She is so sweet! Unfortunately, I still have not gotten to this… I tried once but decided to put it down until I could devote more time to it.

The Verdict: KEEP.


Well, I REALLY enjoyed that! Enough to where I think I will make this something I do every Friday!

So I only removed 1 book… I guess that’s a start? The first 50ish books will probably be similar because they are mostly books I own, so we will see.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore// Review

Wild Beauty

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. 

Published by Feiwel and Friends on October 3rd, 2017.

Genre: Magical Realism.

My Format and Page Count: Hardcover// 335 Pages.

Buy on Amazon


Summary:

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

“Of course he would think the whole glittering universe existed to spin anything he wanted out of stardust. He was a man, and a rich one, and these together made him believe the planets and moons orbited around the single point of his desires.”


*Non-Spoiler Section*

My Thoughts:

This book is the epitome of a slow-burner. The writing is very lyrical and “flowery”, reading beautifully. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. This is completely based on opinion, so don’t let this review dissuade you from picking this novel up. I went into this excited, the concept being one that seemed very original. Unfortunately, I am the type of reader who enjoys fast-paced novels, so I was bored throughout this. The story is not for everyone, so if you are like me then this probably isn’t the book for you.

Pros:

The Family- I love books that follow the dynamic of a family. In Wild Beauty we meet the Nomeolvide women. A family of 15 girls that spans 3 generations. The main focus of this book is the family dynamic, and how each of these girls can grow a specific type of flower depending on their name. The family was my favorite part of this novel. They argued and didn’t agree on everything, but they still loved each other. Although they had powers, this felt like a real family.

The Characters- Anna-Marie did an amazing job at creating 15 very different characters. Some others would have made the 5 main girls similar, each taking form of some cookie-cutter trope, but Anna created characters full of depth, each having a personality of their own. Estrella was naive, strong. Calla was the youngest, but she was one of the smartest. Azealia was flirty and fun, but also had a bite. You get the point.

The Premise- What really drew me to this book (Other than the cover), was the interesting plot. A family of girls who can grow flowers with only their hands, the cost being the one they love? I was sold. The execution just wasn’t up to par.

The Diversity: I really enjoyed the diversity that went into this book. The Nomeolvide women are of color, and many of them are not straight. Fel’s brother is also gay. My favorite part about this is how nonchalant it was. It was not an issue for the reason’s society says it is now.

Indifferent:

The Writing- Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing is absolutely beautiful. It is a style that most people would enjoy, but it causes the story to come off as slow, which is something I do not enjoy. The reason it is here is because I really do like the lyrical way she tells her story, but it also hinders the pacing.

Cons:

The Relationship: I really wanted to like this relationship, but I didn’t. I am talking about the main relationship. The reasons I didn’t like it is because it felt forced, and it just wasn’t very practical. I will go more into this in the spoiler section.

The Pacing: This was definitely my least favorite part of the novel, and unfortunately it is one of the most crucial. This book was too damn slow for me, and I know that a lot of people enjoy slow-burners, but I am not one. There was a part in the middle that actually had my full attention, but before and after that 50 page stretch I was very disinterested. This book just did not do it for me.

The Execution: The premise of this book was so interesting, but the execution fell flat. The pacing made this very boring, and it just wasn’t done greatly in general. This is completely my opinion and I am pretty sure I am in the minority, so definitely check this book out and form your own!


*Spoiler Section*

Everything below will spoil major plot details, so please read at your own risk.

  • All the Girls Love Bay: It was definitely very interesting to read about these cousins who were all in love with the same person. Not only that, but the person was a girl. This racked lots of points for me, and I believe the right move was made when Dalia ended up with Bay.
  • Estrella and Fel: This relationship felt so forced. Right when Estrella found him in the garden you knew what was going to happen, and it seemed as if her finding him meant she HAD to be the one to fall in love with him. I do think it was a cute sub-plot, but it felt too forced.
  • Damn Briars!: It is revealed near the end that the Briar family covered up a mining incident that killed hundreds of men. Not only this, but it was also revealed that they send the disappointing members of the family to the land hoping it will devour them, similarly to what it does to the Nomeolvides lovers.
  • Reid: I actually didn’t hate Reid until his intentions were shown. I thought that they were quick to judge, but then they were proven right. Reid fled the land at the end, probably being the best option for him.
  • The Ending: Although I did enjoy the ending, it was not practical. All of the lost lovers and men who died in the mining accident were uncovered and miraculously came back to life. It definitely gave us a happy ending I enjoyed, even if it didn’t make much sense.

*Spoiler Sections Ends*


 

Overall, Wild Beauty fell flat for me. The beautiful writing wasn’t enough to carry it’s poor pacing, and that is the biggest influence on my opinion.

My Rating: 2/5 Stars.

Would I Recommend?

–  Although I didn’t like this novel, I feel my reasons were solely opinion based. That being said, I would recommend everyone read this novel and develop their own opinion.

I hope this review gave you some insight on the novel! What were your thoughts on Wild Beauty?

ScallywagAThon Wrap-Up!

Ah, how nice it feels to be back!

This past week was the ScallywagAThon, a readathon hosted by HardbackHoarder and Read All The Books over on YouTube! The concept? Read books that help you get through a map, the end result getting you to treasure. You complete four challenges that relate to pirates in some way. I completed 3, so that is what we will be talking about today.

1. Deadman Wonderland Volume 4 by Jinsei Kataoka.

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Since this is a sequel I can not talk much about its contents, but Deadman Wonderland follows a prison. The prison is set up like an amusement park, allowing the public who view shows and rides, all killing prisoners in the process.

This series is confusing. I get more and more confused with each volume, but it also clears itself up. My issue? With every issue that is resolved, more confusion occurs. That probably doesn’t make sense. Anyway’s, this was enjoyable.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars.

2. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore.

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Wild Beauty is a tale of family and love. For generations, the family had daughters with a peculiar power. They could bloom plants with only their hands. The cost? The one’s they fall in love with disappear, claimed by the land.

First of all, this cover is beautiful. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the content within. This was not due to poor quality, but simply opinion. The plot is interesting, pulling me into the world before I even opened the book. The writing style was not my taste. This book was a slow burner, with writing that would be labelled “Flowery”. I am a fast paced reader, so this didn’t do it for me. The characters were written beautifully, though.

Rating: 2/5 Stars.

3. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan.

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I am almost done with this series!!! This book did not disappoint, it was a great continuation and lead up to the final novel. I am sad that it is almost done, though.

Rating: 5/5 Stars.


Those are the books I read for the ScallywagAThon! I really enjoyed doing this readathon. Keep your eyes out for full reviews of Wild Beauty and Percy Jackson!

Monthly Recommendations: 1 Year Anniversary!

Monthly Recommendations is a goodreads group where every month there will be a topic, and all you have to do is post recommendations that fit said topic!

Monthly Recommendations GoodReads Group

I thought this was the perfect time to join! Since this is their one year anniversary, they are taking a trip down memory lane and recommending one book from all of their past topics! Let us begin!

1. A Underhyped Book.

For this I am going to recommend The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson.

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I have never heard anyone other than myself talk about this book which is a shame because it is truly amazing. It follows a trucker who is running his normal delivery route when he notices an abandoned house. Inside this abandoned house is a beautiful woman playing a cello. This is all I am going to say because I think it is one of those books you should go into blind, but I will link my full review below!

The Never-Open Desert Diner Review

2. A Book Set in School.

This is a fairly popular book, but one of my faves none the less. I recommend Looking For Alaska by John Green.

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This novel is about a boy who is going to a private school. At this school he meets a few friends, one being a beautiful, but impulsive, Alaska. This follows their mishaps and adventures, and I feel this is definitely John Greens best book.

3. A Creepy Book.

Horror is my favorite genre of movie, but I really do not read many creepy books. The creepy book I recommend is Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.

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This book definitely was not one of my favorites, but it is still a pretty good book. It follows a pair of siblings who live on a an island where after so many years of day time follows the same amount of years in darkness. When this darkness comes the towns people leave, but these siblings and their friend are stuck on the island. What happens next is for you to read and find out… I did have minor issues with this book, but if you are just looking for a fun, chilling read then here it is!

I am going to cheat and also recommend Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke.

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This is a short story collection featuring works by numerous popular YA authors. All of the stories are of the horror variant, and it is BY FAR my favorite short story collection ever. Each story is based on a song/movie/or television show which is revealed at the end, so reading this is definitely an experience.

4. A Trilogy.

This is not even a question. The Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs.

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This is not only my favorite trilogy, but just my all time favorite books period. Since most of you already know let me make a few announcements.

First of all, BooksOfWonder is doing a promotion where if you pre-order Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs and/or Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi then you will receive a signed, personalized copy. Also you will get 10% off if you use the promo code Emmmabooks. This is not a sponsored post, I just thought this may be handy for some of you!

Secondly, in the month of September I will be doing a reread/read along of the trilogy to get ready for the premiere of the movie. I have yet to read Library of Souls because I just can’t leave this world, but I will finally do it after rereading the first two!

Enough of that, moving on!

5. A Book You Need To Read ASAP!

Everyone who hasn’t needs to read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson or really any book by her.

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This book follows a family who learns some devastating news, so they decide to spend one last summer together at their summer home. That is very vague, but this book is just so beautiful and real and should be read by everyone and anyone.

Second Chance Summer Review

6. A Fantasy/Sci Fi Book.

For this I am not going to recommend a book, but a graphic novel series. That being Saga by Brian K Vaughan.

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This is a pretty well-known series about a couple from two planets that are currently at war. It follows them being chased and trying to survive in a world full of creatures and such. It is definitely more for a mature audience, but it is still amazing.

7. A Book Without Romance.

This one is very hard, but I am going to go with the book I am currently reading, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

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This book follows a city where every violent crime committed creates a monster that is unleashed into the city. I am not that far in so I am not 100% on what is going to go down, but so far it is SO GOOD. That is about it.

8. A Standalone.

For this I am going to recommend the book I most recently finished, Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.

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This is a YA contemporary that follows a girl named Parker who is left blind after a tragic accident. She has a list of rules that if anyone breaks they will not get a second chance. This kind of just follows Parker’s life. It was a solid read and everyone should check it out!

9. A Survival Story.

A survival story I’d recommend is Security by Gina Wohlsdorf.

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This is an adult thriller about a hotel that is being built. It follows the staff doing the finishing touches on this luxurious hotel, but the security is breached so it turns into a tale about this staff trying to survive against a duo of murderers. It was not my favorite book of all time, but I feel it was definitely something the majority of you would enjoy. If yu are not sold yet, it is very much alike one of my favorite mysteries, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

10. Your Favorite Book Friendship.

My favorite book friendship is obviously the gang in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

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All of the characters in these novels are just so diverse and different, so the friendship is so great. Not much more to say about this.

11. A Book About Travel.

I am also going to use a John Green book here, that being Paper Towns.

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I didn’t want to use two of the same books by the same author or another popular book, but I realized I have not read many books about travel. As you probably know this follows a boy named Quinton who spends a crazy night with Margot, a girl he has liked since childhood, before she disappears. Although it is my least favorite John Green book I read, I still think it is amazing. (I still gave it 4.75/5 Stars.)

12. A Book With An Empowering Female Character.

A graphic novel series that is full of empowering female characters is LumberJanes by Noelle Stevenson.

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Not only are all five of the main characters kick ass females, two are lesbians and one is trans! This is a great, diverse book I feel even kids can ready and understand. I highly recommend you all check it out!

That ends my first post in the monthly recommendation series. Do you guys enjoy this? Let me know if I should continue this in the comments! Bye!

#ReadThemAllThon TBR

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If you would like to know more about this read-a-thon check out ReadAtMidnight’s announcement/rules post HERE!

Here is the trainer card I created!

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I chose Eevee as my Pokemon because although I do not know much about Pokemon, I do know this one is great.

ANYWAYS, moving on to my TBR!

TBR PILE~

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For this I will be reading the first book in a series I have been wanting to start forever, that being Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

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418 Pages, Potential 41 CP.

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The only reason I chose the book I am reading for this is because I know it made my best friend cry, so I will be reading The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan.

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312 Pages, Potential 31 CP.

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A new release that has had all the hype lately, and the book I will be reading is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab!

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427 Pages, Potential 42 CP.

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I will be reading More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. It is an LGBT novel, so it definitely is diverse!

More Than Happy Not

293 Pages, Potential 29 CP.

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I am not really a reader of romance, but I went with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I have been wanting to read a Rainbow Rowell book forever, so here it goes!

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325 Pages, Potential 32 CP.

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The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn is my supernatural pick. It is something I have not heard of before, so I am excited to jump in!

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277 Pages, Potential 27 CP.

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My book definitely has a red cover, that being The Lost Girl by R. L. Stine. 

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Finally, for my post-apocalyptic read I will be jumping into Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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599 Pages, Potential 59 CP.

I will also be read Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom, but I am not sure if it will be allowed to count towards my total. If so, 310 Pages, Potential 31 CP. 

This read-a-thon is taking place from Sunday, August 14th to September 4th! Let me know below if you will be joining!

July Wrap-Up and August TBR!

First off, I did not do a June wrap-up. That is due to failing and only reading Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. (4.5/5 Stars). With that out-of-the-way, let us move onto July!

July Wrap-Up!

I feel I did pretty well in July, reading a total of 10 books (and getting half way through 3). I read 7 novels and 3 graphic novels! Like usual, I will start with my least favorite and work to my favorite read of the month!

10. The Confession by R. L. Stine.

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My least favorite read of the month was most definitely The Confession by R. L. Stine. This follows a group of friends who are being bullied and black mailed by someone who turns up dead. One of them admits to the murder, promising it won’t happen again. That is all I can say… (Not spoilers, this is on the back.) I use to read Fear Street novels a lot back in Middle School, so I decided to read this one. I really did not enjoy it and felt it was weak compared to the others. Barely anything happened, and I had to force myself through it. 

My Rating: 1.75/5 Stars. 


9. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics, so I thought I would enjoy this one for sure… I was wrong. This wasn’t terrible, but it was nowhere near as great as the first. I felt like it was more confusing and all together just not as fun. I did enjoy the plot of Wonderland being a chess board, and I felt this one made you think like the first. Other than that, I was not too happy with this.

My Rating: 2.75/5 Stars.


8. The Thirst by R. L. Stine. 

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This was the 3rd book in the Fear Street Seniors Series. This is a series I really love, and this book was no different from the rest. The quality of writing is not the best, but the writing is not why people read R. L. Stine, so I feel this book achieved what it was going for. 

My Rating: 3/5 Stars.


7. Lumberjanes, Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson.

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This is a graphic novel Series I know a lot of people love, so I felt it was about time I read it. I loved it. It reminded me of a slightly more mature version of Gravity Falls. This book also features LGBT characters, which is always a massive pro. I actually did not enjoy the art style as much as I thought I would, but I feel that it is something I will grow to love as I continue. My only other complaint is that I still feel like I do not know much about the characters, so I look forward to learning about them throughout the series.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.


6. Amulet, Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi.

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This is the second addition to the Amulet Series. This being a series from my childhood, I do not remember it being this dark. It is an aspect that I adore in this series, and I feel that the plot is so whimsical that it could go anywhere. Excited to continue!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.


5. The Selection by Kiera Cass.

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The Selection follows America, a girl who is in love with a boy. After being chosen for a competition called the selection, one in which she must win the heart of the prince against 34 other girls, she must reluctantly leave her boyfriend to compete. Upon getting to know the prince, she is unsure of what she really wants. Sorry for my super vague description… oops. 

This is a series people either love or hate, and I was lucky enough to be on the side that really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed America and LOVED Maxon, but I was not a huge fan of Aspen. I did feel a lot of the characters fell flat, and could definitely have been developed better.

My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars.


4. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan.

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This is my all time favorite graphic novel series… The characters are amazing, the creatures are creepy, the plot is well-developed. It is as easy to follow as a novel, which is sometimes something graphic novel series can not do. Loved it. 

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.


3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. 

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Another popular series I am late to the party of. I finally picked this book up and LOVED IT!!!! I am not a huge fan of vampires, but this book changed me, I am a different person… Just kidding, but I do have a different view of vampires. I do have a full, cohesive review of this book. Check it out!

Vampire Academy Review!

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.


2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. 

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I say John Green is one of my favorite authors, yet I have not read his most popular novel. That has now changed, and may I add thAT I SHOULD HAVE READ THIS SOONER. The only reason I held back was because I was spoiled, but that did not even matter. I still felt all the emotions, and will continue to think about this book forever and ever and ever. It did not beat Looking For Alaska, though.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars. 


1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. 

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This is the second wrap-up in a row that a Morgan Matson book was my favorite. What a surprise! This book was amazing, it had nothing that I straight up did not like, which is VERY hard for me to like everything in a novel. The characters were amazing, the plot was great, the setting was relaxing and summary, all in all I can not complain. I feel like a broken record when talking about Matson books, but ugh they are so good. 

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars.

If there are any of these books you would like to see a full review for, let me know in the comment section below! I will definitely be reviewing some more!

Before I get to my TBR, I wanted to mention that I am currently reading The Cellar by Natasha Preston and The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan. 


August TBR!

I have accumulated a pile of books I have started but put down for one reason or another, so I will just add those to my TBRs until I finish them all. They are…

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Reading Since February)

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Reading Since March)

The Last star by Rick Yancey (Reading Since June)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Reading Since June)

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins (Reading Since July)

None of these books are bad, I just either took a break or completely forgot I was reading them… anyways, now to my loose TBR! (I decided to just mention the books I am reading for review and my book club books. Other than that, I will just read what I feel like reading aha!)

1. The Sunlight Pilgrims Jenni Fagan. 

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I will be reading this book for review. All I know is it follows a man trying to survive an apocalyptic winter type disaster. He ends up running into a mother-daughter survival team… that is all I know! I am not even sure if that is correct, so do not quote me on it! 😉

2. The Shining by Stephen King. 

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A friend and I decided to buddy read a Stephen King book every month, and this is our book for August! Excited to begin!

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. 

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I decided to join the Austentatious book club, hosted by ReadByZoe on YouTube, where we read one Jane Austen novel every month for the next 6 months. This is the first one! I actually am not even sure what it is about… we will see!

4. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. 

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This is definitely the book I am most excited to read in August. It is for a YA book club I am a part of on BooksAmino. This follows a city where for every crime committed, there is a monster released. That is honestly all I know/ want to know… 

This wraps up all of the books I have to read in August. Obviously I will try to read more, but these are all of the books I must read! Let me know down below if you will be/have already read any of these, I would love to hear your opinions!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson// Review

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3rd, 2016.

Genre(s): Contemporary. 

My Format and Page Count: Hardcover// 519 Pages.

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Summary:

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

“You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail – especially if you fail – come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation… ‘Once, I dared to dare greatly”


My Thoughts:

Back in May I read Second Chance Summer which was my first Morgan Matson book. I immediately fell in love. This book just confirmed the love I have for not only Matson’s writing, but her creativity as well. There were a lot of elements in this book that did not come off as cookie cutter YA contemporary, and I appreciate this oh so much. I am not sure whether I liked it more than Second Chance Summer, but the two are definitely very close. 

Pros:

  • The Characters: It is fairly safe to assume that this will be a positive in all of my Matson book reviews. Morgan Matson has this ability to create such in-depth characters that come across as real and easy to relate with. They struggle with some of the same problems we do, such as appearance, family deaths, grades, etc. I do enjoy the fact that they also can be naive at times because I can definitely say I can be the same way. The whole friend group had their own quirks, and were not the same person. Andie, the main character, was very *everything must be planned and perfect* at the beginning, so it was interesting to watch her expand and develop throughout the course of this novel. All in all her characters are some of my favorite from the contemporary genre. 
  • The Plot: Young adult contemporary rarely touches politics, so I found this book to be pretty unique in that respect. Although the “perfect characters does have flaws, and must try to figure out what they are going to do” trope was present in this book, but it didn’t bother me as much as it usually does. 
  • The Friendship: I really enjoyed the friendship element of this book. Most books show all of the useless arguing friend groups hold, but this book brought up how all friend groups, more specifically female friend groups, are not all about fights and drama. There was some arguments which I will not get into, but for the most part they were just, well… friends.
  • The Romance: (SPOILER? I DON’T THINK SO, BUT JUST IN CASE WARNING!) Unlike Second Chance Summer, I really enjoyed the romance within this book. Clark, the romantic interest, was not just some handsome, athletic dude. He was an author who was also pretty geeky. I feel that he was a relatable character to myself at least because I was never very into sports, so I always would go the creative route. I enjoyed the way Andie and Clark interacted. 
  • The Writing: Morgan Matson’s writing is very simple and easy to get into. It is great for the contemporary genre, although I would enjoy to see her try a new genre.

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I will now be discussing a few spoilery topics. For my rating and such scroll to the bottom!

  • Andie and Topher’s Relationship: I was really not a fan of this relationship. I felt that other than warning Andie about her dad’s speech, Topher was a pretty useless character. I did not enjoy their relationship because it seemed childish and disrespectful to their previous and future relationships. This is really the only negative of this book. 
  • Bri and Wyatt’s Relationship: I actually really liked this couple, although I did call it as soon as they were late for the scavenger hunt. I believe that Bri should have said something sooner, but Toby was way out of line in the way she reacted, and this breaking their friendship was ridiculous. 
  • Bri and Toby’s Friendship: I thought their friendship was real, and them breaking apart due to a relationship was ridiculous. They were best friends for so long, and all of a sudden they are not. I can’t even put into words how annoyed I was… 

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book like I thought I would. I will be reading Since You’ve Been Gone really soon, and I am super pumped since it seems to be the fan favorite! 

My Rating: 

5 stars

There were aspects that I discussed in the spoiler section that I did not enjoy, but they were minor and this book was great. 5/5 Stars for sure. 

Would I Recommend? 

– Not only would I recommend this book, but I would recommend anything by Morgan Matson.

I hope you enjoyed my review! Let me know what you thought of The Unexpected Everything!