The Bucket List by Emily Ruben
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was a sweet “end of life” tail which kind of reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars or A Walk to Remember.
Leah is kind of in a funk with her life. She is unsure about her major and is not sure about continuing on. Then the unthinkable happens….She gets a new neighbor and unbelievably…it’s her old BFF, Damon.
I have to say that I enjoyed the premise of this book but some of the scenarios were just a tad on the corny side and could be very predictable.
Damon was given 1 year to live but there was not much discussion about his illness.
I did enjoy the characters traveling to different places and the sweetness of their love affair. I enjoyed the idea of a bucket list and the fact that they did everything together, it wasn’t just one sided since Damon was the one dying. Leah was able to share in the enjoyment.
If you are searching for a sappy tear jerker, then you have found your next read! Even through it’s predictability, I would still recommend this read!
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Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this read but came out pleasantly surprised by what I had found.
The book revolves around three young adults that were separated when their mother gave them up for adoption. They are able to reunite and each of them find out that their lives are not as perfect as everyone around them thinks it is. They each have their fair share of issues and they each have hidden secrets that they need to find the courage to let the others aware of.
I loved the dynamic of the three POV’s and found the writing very easy to follow. The characters were well developed and definitely relatable. I cannot state whether I had a favorite character because I loved each of them for different reasons.
Grace was very sweet and really wanted to do the best she could for “peach”. This time in her life was very traumatic and one that will stay with her forever.
Maya wanted to be perceived as strong when she really was falling apart. She felt that she needed to hold everything together for everyone else but what she finds out is that it is okay to ask for help.
Joaquin was so protective over his sisters, which I LOVED, and was always worried about getting too close to people. He was cut a really raw deal but seemed like he might be okay.
Three completely different kids finding out where they come from and dealing with the after math of their families difficulties together as a united family. **swoon**
Thanks to the publisher for the review copy!
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Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Anyone whom loves psychological thrillers MUST READ THIS BOOK!!
I have recently become obsessed with these types of books and I tend to just let them consume my life until I hit the very end and gather all info needed to solve the puzzle. This particular book was definitely one of those stay up til 3 AM types of books!
There is so much going on and so much dysfunction with these characters that I do not even know where to start. I can tell you that right off the bat, I loathed Cass & Emma’s mother. If you ever encounter a person like this in real life, then you know exactly what I am talking about because I have! I felt sorry for their father and alot of sadness for Cass herself.
The book was written in dual POV from the view of Cass and the detective on the case that had grown up with dysfunction in her family too. I enjoyed it this way because you got to see what was happening behind the scenes while also seeing everything from Cass’s eyes since she had been the last person to see Emma.
The ending was not exactly what I had expected but that is what made the book sooo good…because you do not expect that crazy ending! I am telling you to pick this one up!!!
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Thank you to St. Martin Press for the review copy!
The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.
Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.
Why I’m waiting?
I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series and cannot WAIT to get my hands on the third!! I loved the time period and the whole premise and of course…the romance;)
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really, REALLY loved this book!! It was chalked full of bravery, running for your life and romance!! I really enjoyed the story line dealing with all the bastard children and where the story led to. I must admit that I usually tend to lean towards books written by female authors, for some reason they always seem to get the romance done just right, but Mr. Shvarts did a pretty amazing job and I was very happy in that department:)
The ending of the book was explosive and sad but I am very happy to have received this review copy and am really hoping that this is a series!!!
If you enjoy action and adventure, then you need to pick this one up! I thought it was pretty unique.
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Thank you to Disney Hyperion for the review copy!
A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in public housing without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.
The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love, but also for their lives.
This was a tough book to read but I really fell in love with both of the main characters. Told in dual POV, I got a feel and understanding of what it was like living on two different sides of the coin per say. Elise is very poor and is not afraid to let people know it. She is brave and full of self confidence. I get the feeling that she does not care what anyone thinks about her and I loved her at certain times when she needed to face Jamey’s stuck up family. Jamey on the other hand was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and I was not sure if he really loved Elise or just used her to irritate his parent’s after being ignored by them for most of his life. One big thing that I learned from reading this book is that no one’s life is perfect. You could have all the money in the world and still not be completely happy.
I must say that there were some points in the book that I felt the story dragged but I was interested enough to keep reading. I loved that it was set in the 80’s since I grew up in the 80’s and love everything about the decade. The other favorite of mine was the setting of the city especially NYC! I love anything that has to do with NY and would have loved to live there at some point if I had not had children at an early age.
Overall, I did enjoy the story and would characterize it as a cross between romance and coming of age. A definite “must read” for anyone whom enjoys those genres!
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for the review copy and invite to be included in this tour!
About The Author:
Jardine Libaire is a graduate of Skidmore College and the University of Michigan MFA program, where she was a winner of the Hopwood Award. White Fur is her second novel for adults. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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I am here with our first Blogger Love since…I think 2011 or 2012?? YES! It has been that long!
So without further ado…
I introduce you all to Rita!
How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in mid-December of 2016, so it’s been almost two months now. It feels like such a long time ago, though!
What is the meaning of your blog name or how did you choose it? Well, my name is Rita and I’ve always been called a bookworm. Because I didn’t like the sound of bookworm, I decided to change it to bookish.
What is your favorite genre? I absolutely love non-fiction, particularly essays. That’s something I discovered my love for in the past year by reading essays related to science, feminism and multiculturalism.
How many books do you read each week? When I have to study for school I usually read one to two books a week. During the summer time I tend to read something along the lines of four to five books.
What is your favorite book character and why? That’s a really hard choice to make! After a lot of thought I think I’ll have to go with Elizabeth Bennet. She has a really strong personality and insists on doing things her way, regardless of her family’s opinions. Although she has her faults, she is able to see them and surpass them. God, I just love her!
A little about Rita:
My name is Rita, I’m seventeen years-old and I’m a book blogger based in Portugal. I love writing and anything book related, as well as having bookish discussions. I read mostly adult fiction and non-fiction but I love young-adult as well, as well as graphic novels and comics.
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Thank you Rita! You have an Uh-Mazing Blog!!!
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was amazing!!!
I had heard a lot of hype over this one and why not? I mean…it’s Mindy Mcginnis…duh! But I also heard that it was not a genre that we had seen from her so I really wanted to check it out. I picked up my kindle, paged through and came across this book in my TBR shelf. I had really not looked too much at the blurb prior to reading so I was not sure of what I was in for. Now I am kicking myself in the butt for taking so long to actually read this book! It was that good!
I really enjoyed getting three POV’s and being able to see all sides of the story. My favorite character would have to be Jack. He kind of wrestles with himself internally about what is right and what is wrong and I find it interesting that he has this fascination with Alex since she is so dark. I really liked Peekay too and thought she was a sweet and loyal friend.
The ending was mortifying, but I found myself not shedding a tear??? I think it was because Alex finally got what she wanted and was in peace?
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.
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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
I tried, I really really tried to read this book. I had such a hard time following the characters and the different meanings of the words. It just kind of fell flat for me and I ended up not finishing. I am saddened because I had heard such great things about this book and was truly excited to start it:-(
I will not give up on Ms. Schwab’s writing however, I have more books in my arsenal and am hoping that I have the same experience with her as I did with Rainbow Rowell. I read one book and disliked it but read another and ended up loving it!!!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!
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