Bookish Sweet 16: My Favorite Authors

Thanks to #bookstagram I discovered a lot of new authors this year and I’m so glad I did. Here’s my favorite 16 authors of the year, in no particular order. Check them out if you haven’t read their books yet. They’re all great and I even got to meet some of them!


1. Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom)

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Leigh Bardugo was absolutely hilarious and it was a pleasure to meet her. Besides that, her Six of Crows duology was absolutely amazing and one of my favorite reads of the year.

2. Colleen Hoover (It Ends With Us)

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This year I read almost every single one of Colleen Hoover’s novels and loved most of them. So when her latest novel, It Ends With Us, was released on my birthday and I saw she was coming to New York I had to go and it was totally worth the insane line.

3. Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven King)

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I’d never read a book by Maggie Stiefvater until this year but I fell in love with her Raven Cycle series and read all four books this year. I can’t wait to read her new series about Ronan. I need it yesterday.

4. Alexandra Bracken (Passenger)

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Full disclosure, I still haven’t read Passenger because there’s been mixed reviews, but I love The Darkest Minds, which is why I was so excited to meet Alexandra Bracken at BookCon. She was so sweet and it was awesome meeting her.

5. Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court)

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Even though I haven’t read The Glittering Court yet I had to go meet Richelle Mead when she came to NYC. I’m obsessed with her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series and I think she’s amazing.

6. Morgan Matson (The Unexpected Everything)

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I had never read any of Morgan Matson’s books when I went to her signing for The Unexpected Everything but after meeting her and seeing how awesome she is in person I had to read her books. So far I’ve only read two but I loved them both.

7. Nicola Yoon (The Sun is Also a Star)

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I read Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star this year and they were both amazing in very different ways. It was awesome to hear Nicola Yoon speak about The Sun is Also a Star and read from the book.

8. Marie Lu (The Midnight Star)

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Marie Lu is an amazing author but she also just seems like a really chill person. When I went to her signing at Books of Wonder she read a first draft of The Young Elites that was so wildly different from what the series became that it was absolutely hilarious. I’m so glad I got to meet her this year.

9. Victoria Aveyard (Glass Sword)

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If you’re not following Victoria Aveyard on Twitter do it now! She’s so outspoken and funny and I can now guarantee she’s the same way in person. I’ll admit I didn’t love Red Queen but Glass Sword totally won me over and I can’t wait to get my hands on King’s Cage.

10. Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Mist of Fury)

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I tried so hard to meet Sarah J. Maas at BookCon but had no success. That didn’t make me love her and her writing any less though. I read all her books (excluding The Assassin’s Blade) this year and I loved all of them. So good!

11. Brittany Cavallaro (A Study in Charlotte)

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First of all, Brittany Cavallaro follows me on Instagram and that just makes me so happy. Secondly, if you haven’t read A Study in Charlotte yet you’re truly missing out because it’s amazing and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

12. Cassandra Clare (Lady Midnight)

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Cassandra Clare is another author I attempted to see at BookCon to no avail. Still, Lady Midnight was so incredible that I let my disappoint of not meeting her go and just enjoyed the book. After all these books she still sucks me into the Shadowhunters’ world again and again.

13. Lauren Blakely (Mister O)

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Prior to this year I think the only erotica I’d read was Fifty Shades of Grey, which is not the best. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon Lauren Blakely but I’m now obsessed with her writing, which is bad because she publishes at least five books a year. There goes my money.

14. Ryan Graudin (Blood for Blood)

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I’d never heard of Ryan Graudin until I went to BookCon and snagged an ARC of Blood for Blood. I’d seen the first book in the duology, Wolf by Wolf, on Instagram and decided to take a chance and of course they were amazing. Definitely a must read and now I need to read her other books.

15. David Arnold (Kids of Appetite)

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I fell in love with David Arnold’s writing style when I read Kids of Appetite and have now purchased Mosquitoland, his debut novel, so I can give it try. If you haven’t read either of his books yet definitely check him out.

16. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Gemina)

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These are two more authors that I hadn’t heard of until this year but thanks to an ARC of Gemina that I won I decided to give them a try. To be honest, sci-fi isn’t typically my thing but I was totally sucked into this series and how these books are written. Definitely a must read.

Who are some of your favorite authors of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.

Bookish Sweet 16: My Favorite 2016 YA Releases

2016 is quickly coming to an end and while I’m sure many of us are happy to see this year go there were some good things about this year, including some really great reads. For the next few weeks of the year I’ll be doing “Bookish Sweet 16” posts that are lists of 16 of my favorite bookish things. Since YA is what I read the most I’m starting with my favorite YA books that were released this year. Check out my list below and let me know if I missed any of your favorites.


1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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This probably shocks no one but A Court of Mist of Fury was definitely my favorite new release this year. I absolutely loved this book and recommend this series to everyone. Also, it just won the Goodreads Choice Award for YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi so you know it’s good.

2. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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The Midnight Star was the perfect ending to an amazing trilogy. Marie Lu brought Adelina’s story to an epic conclusion that had me in tears but in the best way. If you haven’t read The Young Elites trilogy please do so immediately. It’s amazing!

3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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The Sun is Also a Star is a thought provoking romance that covers racism, immigration, suicide, and so much more. I absolutely loved this book and the way it was written. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but this is one I highly recommend.

4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Before this year I didn’t even know who Sarah J. Maas was. Now I’ve read almost every single one of her books and I regret nothing. Empire of Storms left me a crying mess because of the end but the book as a whole was an amazing ride. There were twists, a lot of action, tons of romance, and Aelin was the perfect sass queen as always.

5. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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I still haven’t read Mosquitoland but I heard enough good reviews of it to be excited to read David Arnold’s newest novel and it did not disappoint. This novel had a diverse group of characters that included two Congolese refugees, Vic, who suffers from a rare neurological condition called Moebius syndrome, and many others. It’s funny and insightful and a must read.

6. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Bardugo outdid herself with this novel. I was worried that I’d feel like two books wouldn’t be enough to truly wrap up this duology but it was perfect. I’d still like to see more of my Dregs but I was happy with how this novel ended. Filled with Kaz’s crazy schemes, a touch of romance, and a lot of hilarity I couldn’t put this book down and you won’t either.

7. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I’m always amazing by how Cassandra Clare continues to expand her Shadowhunters world and Lady Midnight did not let me down. I loved the characters in this book and want to be a part of the Blackthorns family. This novel was filled with mystery, adventure, and a healthy dose of drama.

8. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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When I heard A Study in Charlotte was about the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson I had to pick it up and I’m glad I did. Centered around a mystery (obviously) this book was the perfect mix of funny and serious moments as well as a bit of romance, which I always love.

9. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Honestly, I didn’t like Red Queen but I try not to quit series so I picked up Glass Sword anyway and that turned out to be a good decision. While I found Red Queen to be predictable, Glass Sword surprised me and kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read the next book and see what happens next for Mare.

10. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Although I found the ending of The Raven King to be anticlimactic, overall I loved this book. Blue and her Raven Boys made me laugh, sigh with happiness, and cheer when they were successful. I especially liked the character development I saw in all of the characters and I’m excited to read Maggie Stiefvater’s new trilogy about Ronan.

11. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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The Unexpected Everything is the first book I’ve read by Morgan Matson and I now get the hype for her books. This was a perfect contemporary romance and I couldn’t help but fall for Clark. I thought this book was cute and funny and I highly recommend it.

12. Interference by Kay Honeyman

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I’m a sucker for an Emma retelling so when I got an ARC of Interference, which blends Emma with Friday Night Lights I had to read it. The novel is a cute and quick read about a girl named Kate who has to leave her home in D.C. after an unfortunate scandal that affects her father’s campaign and move to Texas.

13. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I’m not a big fan of sci-fi but when it came to Illuminae and Gemina I couldn’t put these books down. Written as if it’s a collection of documents in a file, these are insanely creative and fun books to read. Definitely give this series a try if you haven’t already. They’re worth a read.

14. Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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Dreamology is definitely one of the most underrated reads of 2016. The novel follows the story of Alice, who for as long as she can remember, has shared her dreams with a boy named Max that she loves. Therefore she’s ecstatic when she actually meets Max in real life only to become devastated when it turns out he doesn’t know her at all…or does he?

15. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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I loved The Lunar Chronicles so I was excited to read more about my favorite characters. Although all the short stories were great, what truly made this book awesome was the final short story that takes place after Winter. I won’t spoil it but I will say it gave me all the feels.

16. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

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I’m still heartbroken over the end of Blood for Blood but I absolutely loved this novel. It was a roller coaster of emotions, which should be expected since it takes place in an alternate reality where the Nazis won World War II. If you’re into history and/or sci-fi you should definitely give this duology a read.

Fantastic Beasts Review

From Page to Screen: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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I haven’t read the Fantastic Beasts book (neither the handbook version or the screenplay) so this will be a straight forward review, solely based on the film. Going into this movie I was very excited because it’s been a while since I’ve seen a Harry Potter movie in theaters and it was nice to get to do that again.

I saw Fantastic Beasts opening weekend when the film was of course sold out and everyone there were pretty hardcore Harry Potter fans. I’ve always loved going to see these kinds of movies on premiere weekends for this very reason. The atmosphere is just amazing and you don’t get that vibe if you see it in the afternoon on a random Tuesday.

So going into Fantastic Beasts I was very excited and the movie did not disappoint. The cast was absolutely phenomenal. Eddie Redmayne was the perfect Newt. He was cute and kind of awkward and just amazing. Dan Fogler, who played Jacob Kowalski, brought great comedy to the film. Ezra Miller as Credence was just creepy enough that I was weirded out but sympathetic enough that I was still on his side. Collin Farrell, however, made the perfect villain as Graves.

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I absolutely loved Alison Sudol as Queenie. She was my favorite character hands down. Her sister, Tina (Katherine Waterston), however, was a bit annoying. I don’t blame Waterston for this though. I think Tina’s personality just irritated me and honestly I’m not exactly sure why. Towards the end she was okay though.

The plot itself was awesome and though I suspected that plot twist at the end I was still a little surprised by it. The action and magical scenes of the film were great as well. I was in awe of Newt’s suitcase and now want to live inside of it. I could’ve done without the bits of romance though. Queenie and Jacob were kind of cute but Newt and Tina’s little flirtation aired closer to the side of cringeworthy instead of awkwardly cute.

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Overall though I really did like this movie and will probably end up buying the screenplay because honestly the cover just looks so incredibly gorgeous. Definitely go see the movie if you haven’t already. It’s totally worth at least one watch.

Did you see Fantastic Beasts? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

‘Nevernight,’ ‘The Assassin’s Blade,’ and More Books On My December TBR

I haven’t made a TBR post since June and that’s so sad. I’m happy to start doing this again and hopefully I’ll be able to stick to my TBR this month but I do have grad school applications to work on so we’ll see. However, most of these are library books so I actually do need to read these soon. Here’s my reading plan for December.


1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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I’ve never read a Patrick Ness book so I figure it’s time I give his writing a try. So far I’m liking it but I’m only 15 pages in. I plan to finish this book by the end of this month.

2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I absolutely loved the Illuminae series by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman so when I heard Kristoff was writing an adult novel I was excited. I’m participating in a readalong for this novel in the month of December, which you can get more info about here.

3. Burned by Ellen Hopkins

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I actually read this novel a few years ago but I need to reread it so I can finally read the sequel. I remember how Burned ended but not all the details. I do know enough to remember this book will break my heart (again) but I’m ready.

4. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

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This is literally the only book by Ellen Hopkins I’ve never read and it’s killing me so I must read it. I’m hoping for a happy ending but having read almost all of Hopkins novels I know not to get my hopes up.

5. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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After my friend read this duology and told me how much she loved it I requested a copy from the library…and still haven’t read it. I believe I’ve renewed this book at least once already so I need to read it before it’s due again.

6. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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This is another reread for me but it’s honestly the perfect book for the holidays. However, I’m really rereading it because I want to read the sequel and I haven’t read Dash & Lily in years so I need a refresher before I see what they’re up to these days.

7. The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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I’m excited to read this book since I loved Dash & Lily so much. Also, I just love Christmas books in general so this will be a fun read.

8. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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This is the second time I’ve checked out this book from the library so I absolutely have to finish it this time. I’ve read the first two novellas so I’m hoping this will be the month I finish the rest. Wish me luck!

What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

‘Empire of Storms,’ ‘The Sun is Also a Star,’ and Other Books I Read This Month (November Wrap-Up)

I haven’t done a wrap-up post in a while so I figured it was time. November was filled with some let downs but I also read some really great books. Here’s my wrap-up.


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Number of Books I Read This Month: 7

Top Three Books I Read This Month

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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In book five of the Throne of Glass series things heat up for Aelin and Co. Taking back her throne as Queen of Terrasen isn’t as simple as Aelin had hoped but as per usual she’s got a plan up her sleeve. The question is will she be able to save herself along with her kingdom?

2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Nicola Yoon is a queen of writing great contemporary YA romances with diverse characters and she brought her A game with The Sun is Also a Star. Told in various point of views, Yoon tells the story of two teens who fall in love and how one’s actions can affect all those around them.

3. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

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I’ve never read a Kasie West book before but I can see now why people love her. The Fill-In Boyfriend was a cute YA romance about a girl named, Gia, who’s all about keeping up appearances. When her boyfriend, Bradley, breaks-up with her right before prom she enlists a stranger to fill in but surprises herself when she discovers she actually likes him.

Other Books I Read This Month

  1. All the Bright Places
  2. The Thousandth Floor
  3. Decidedly Off Limits
  4. Smut

Books I Received This Month

Although I was supposed to be on a book buying ban, I ended up purchasing Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon because I needed to purchase a book in order to get my books signed. It was totally worth breaking my ban for though.

Book Review: Decidedly Off Limits

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Synopsis:

Best Friend Rule #1: never want the guy’s sister.
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Trent Salway is one of San Francisco’s hot up-and-coming-under-thirty bachelors. A highly successful mutual fund portfolio manager, a workaholic, and a ladies’ man, he’s got everything he could possibly want…except one thing.

Physical therapist Kelsey Quaid dumped her ex-fiancé six months ago because she was tired of not even being a distant second to his career. Which is why despite secretly crushing on her big brother’s best friend for as long as she can remember, there’s no way Kelsey can go there. One workaholic in her life is more than enough, thank you very much.

Before Kelsey’s brother leaves on his Navy SEAL mission, he asks Trent one simple request: make sure Kelsey isn’t dating any assholes while he’s away. As Trent does his best to do just this, he and Kelsey spend more and more time together. Sparks fly, as do a few items of clothing, and the next thing they know things are getting physical between them. Now, Trent has to decide what to do about the woman he’s falling for—the one whose brother would take him down faster than he takes down the enemy. And Kelsey will have to decide if Trent is just another workaholic or if he’s decidedly off limits.

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Review

I’m typically a fan of the “best friend’s sibling” trope but the writing style of this novel really ruined it for me. Told in alternating POVs between Kelsey and Trent, both of their narrations are written as if they’re having a conversation with you and expecting you to respond. For example, at one point in Kelsey’s narration we get this:

Did you see who was third in line? That’s right. The Viking.

Then later in Trent’s POV we get a similar thing:

Did you recognize the woman who tried to outbid Kelsey?  She was Beatrice Peterson, or Reese, as she preferred to go by.

Also, I still I have no idea who Beatrice is and why she’s so terrible, besides the obvious reasons, so no Trent, I did not recognize her. This was literally so frustrating. It was as if the author, Stina Lindenblatt, was attempting to do a breaking down of the fourth wall, like in House of Cards, but with a book and it just didn’t work well here. At least not for me. The thing is I know I’ve read other books that are kind of written like this that I loved but I think Lindenblatt just tried too hard with this, especially because we got it in both POVs so the voices started to sound a little similar.

Additionally, there were just too many points where the narrators kept asking me to “imagine” things or “remember when” something. This seemed to happen at the start of a lot of chapters and in both POVs and it was so irritating. Still, despite how infuriating I found the writing style to be I did push through and finished the novel and it wasn’t totally terrible. The plot itself was fine, in that it was exactly what I expected it to be. Boy likes girl, girl likes boy, both think they can’t be together, they hook-up anyway, keep it a secret, there’s some kind of conflict, they go their separate ways, only to realize they’re perfect for each other. One major issue I did have with the plot was the “break-up” scene. It just felt so anticlimatic to me and completely out of nowhere. There was no build up and it was so abrupt that I had to go back and read it over to make sure that was the break-up scene. Seriously, the whole moment only took like two pages.

Still, I did really like Trent and Kelsey as people though. I thought their dialogue was great and their chemistry was good. Even so, overall I wasn’t all that impressed with this novel and I’m glad I only spent 99 cents on it.

Stars:

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Favorite Line:

“I love everything about you. Your love for your job and the kids you help. Your love of life. Your love of those funny little owls. Your amazing photographs. Your heart. I love it all.”

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Book Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend

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Synopsis:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

The problem is that days after prom, she can’t stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship?

Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Kasie West’s talent shines in this tale of one girl’s unexpected quest to find love…and possibly herself.

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Review

The Fill-In Boyfriend has been sitting on my shelves for at least a year and after seeing Kasie West’s books all over bookstagram I decided to finally give this book a try. Overall I liked it. It was a cute, short, romantic read that only took me a day to finish. The novel is told in the POV of Gia and the novel literally begins with her being dumped outside of her prom and it wasn’t the prettiest break-up.

From the very start of the novel I could tell what kind of person Gia was. She wasn’t so concerned with her break-up and was more worried about what her friends would think when she walked into prom solo. In other words, Gia is all about appearances, which is why she enlists a total stranger to pretend to be her now ex-boyfriend, Bradley. To be fair, the whole reason Gia feels she has to go to these extreme lengths instead of just telling her friends the truth about her break-up with Bradley is because this new girl, Jules, has infiltrated her friend group and has basically been implying that Bradley wasn’t real. Thus to prove Jules wrong Gia shows up to prom with the “fill-in Bradley,” who I’ll now refer to as FIB.

Gia reminded me a lot of Andie from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. They’re both very focused on keeping up appearances, they don’t stick with the same boyfriend for too long, and they like to keep their relationships with other people only on the surface level and never anything deeper than that. For this reason, I couldn’t help but compare the two novels and although I will say I like The Unexpected Everything better I still thought The Fill-In Boyfriend was a great novel and the plots were different enough that I think you can enjoy both without feeling like you’re reading the same book.

While The Fill-In Boyfriend heavily deals with the fact that Gia doesn’t real deal with her feelings it also focuses on her friendships and the tangled web of lies she weaves when she first hatches her plan with the FIB. Naturally, although this was only supposed to be a one night thing it quickly spirals out of control and along the way Gia found herself actually opening up to people in a way she hadn’t done before, not even with her family who’s just as closed off as she is.

Although I thought Gia’s whole “fake boyfriend” ploy was juvenile and Gia should’ve just manned up from the beginning and been honest I also hated Jules and kind of wanted to see Gia beat her at her own game. As I continued reading though I realized I kind of hated all of Gia’s friends and felt she was better off without them. However, I did fall in love with FIB and his little sister, Bec. They, along with Gia, made this novel for me and I really liked the chemistry between Gia and FIB.

Like I said, this book was really cute and a quick read. I recommend it if you’re look for something with a happy ending, some teen angst, and a lot of fluff.

Stars:

4 stars

Favorite Line:

“My preference is simple—you.”

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Author Spotlight: E. C. Meyers

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If you’re a fan of Mr. Robot or just love anything tech related you’ll love E. C. Meyers’ YA novel, The Silence of Six, which goes on sale everywhere on December 6. I got the chance to chat with him about the book, his knowledge about hacking, and more! You can read the full interview below and make sure to grab a copy of The Silence of Six when it’s released.


If you had to summarize The Silence of the Six in three words how would you summarize it?

Hacktivists versus government.

The Silence of the Six deals a lot with hacking and computer programming. Did you have any background in computer programming before you wrote this novel?

Aside from a basic class in high school, I have no computer programming experience. I’m not even particularly adept at maintaining or modifying computers, but I’ve always been comfortable with looking up whatever information I need to accomplish something and unafraid to roll up my sleeves and try it for myself. I’m familiar with much of the technology in the book, but not even remotely an expert on any of it!

What made you first start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was very young. I love stories in every form, especially books, and I’ve always enjoyed creating stories of my own and sharing them with others.

What is your writing process like?

My process is always changing, and every project is different. I usually have at least a rough idea of where things are going and I just start typing. I write wherever and whenever I have to, as long as I have a keyboard.

Are you working on any other YA novels for the future?

I have a completed YA novel I would still like to publish, but right now I’m focusing on a few short stories I’ve promised to various YA anthologies. My next long-form project will actually be a middle grade fantasy.

Who are some of your favorite authors right now?

It’s hard not to gush about so many authors! I’m a big fan of Jaclyn Moriarty’s Colors of Madeleine trilogy, though I haven’t had a chance to read the last book yet. I’m always a fan of Philip Reeve, whose fabulous book Mortal Engines is being adapted into a film by Peter Jackson, so I hope more people will discover his work. I am loving Gwenda Bond’s YA Lois Lane series, and Kelly Barnhill’s middle grade novels are enchanting; her book The Girl Who Drank the Moon is also being adapted into an animated feature.

Besides writing, what other hobbies are you interested in?

Besides writing and parenting and work, I don’t have a lot of time for other things, but I enjoy photography and playing video games. I used to collect old 8-bit Nintendo games, and lately I’ve gotten back into retro gaming. I just started streaming live sessions of me playing [Nintendo Entertainment System] games when I can. I am also actively exploring podcasting.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Read a lot, and read everything! When you start writing, don’t get caught up in worrying about whether it’s any good until you finish a draft — you must finish it, and almost everything can be fixed in revision. Set manageable, realistic goals: “I will finish writing a novel in three months” instead of “I will get a publishing deal this year.” Try to have fun and don’t lose sight of why you’re writing in the first place.

 

Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star

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Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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Review

*I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this book from First in Line and B-Fest. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it.*

Nicola Yoon knows how to make me feel all the feelings. At first I wasn’t sure I would like this novel because it’s written in an interesting way. Not only do we get the first person perspectives of Daniel and Natasha but we also get the history and future histories of other characters. We learn what’s to come for Daniel’s brother, Charlie, and Natasha’s father’s history of regret. Yoon not only gives us insight into almost every character that Daniel and Natasha come into contact with but she also gives us the history of African-American hair care, the meaning of fate and love, and many other things.

In the beginning I wasn’t a fan of these extra little side stories and histories and just wanted the Natasha and Daniel parts of the novel but then I ended up actually loving those sections that weren’t about Natasha and Daniel. I started worrying about Irene, the security guard, and Jeremy, the lawyer. I wanted to know how their stories would end and what their future histories would look like. Yoon made me become invested in characters that weren’t even main characters and that’s what’s truly remarkable about this book.

Yoon expertly weaves a love story that’s also an exposé on how our actions, whether they’re big or small, can affect the lives of the people around us. How one moment or one day can alter someone’s life forever. The Sun is Also a Star takes place within the span of a day but we see so much more than just what happens in this one day. We see what led to this one day in Natasha and Daniel’s lives and what comes after and it’s beautiful and heartbreaking to read. This novel deals with not only romance but immigration, racial tensions, a lot of science, and poetry.

If you’re looking for a love story that will make you swoon Natasha and Daniel definitely give you that but The Sun is Also a Star isn’t just a romance novel. It’s so much more than that. It’s a story about people, and how despite our differences we’re all connected in some way. Definitely give this book a read if you haven’t yet. It’s worth every penny.

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“Love always changes everything.”

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Book Review: This Girl

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Synopsis:

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

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Review

*Warning: There will be minimal spoilers about Point of Retreat in this review. Read at your own risk.*

I was nervous to read this book because I didn’t really like Point of Retreat but surprisingly I loved This Girl. It turns out a lot happened in Slammed that we (and Layken) didn’t know about it and it was interesting learning these new things. I really loved how Colleen Hoover wrote this novel. Unlike Losing Hope where she just started from the beginning of the events in Hopeless it was like we were learning about Will’s past with Layken.

We began with them in their hotel on their honeymoon and Layken is asking Will questions about their past and what he thought about all the things that happened between them. Then we got the answer to these questions in the form of little short stories, some of which we’d already heard from Layken but other’s that we’d never heard before. It was also nice getting to see Layken’s mom again and my heart was broken once again over Layken’s loss.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and thought it was the perfect ending to Layken and Will’s love story. I also really liked how the title played into the story as well. Still, I definitely skipped/skimmed the poetry as I did with the other two books in this series. I just wasn’t into it, especially the poems we already read in Slammed. Besides that though I thought this book was great and I recommend it.

Stars:

4 stars

Favorite Line:

“Sometimes two people need to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.”

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