How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

Disclaimer: I received this ARC for free from the publisher Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend’s worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can’t wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she’s been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she’d rather forget.

Mikayla’s never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she’s ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up…until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend’s heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls’ perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I’m Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it’s really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Source: Goodreads

My review:

Well, I didn’t know anything about this book so I didn’t really know what to expect other than a summery romance novel.

And that’s exactly what I got, and nothing more. How To Meet Boys was just a contemporary that felt a little dull, with its one – dimensional characters and its rather predictable plot.

I didn’t really care about the protagonists, nor about what would happen to them because I just couldn’t connect with Mikayla and Lucy. I don’t know, I just found that they lacked depth and they didn’t really seem real to me.

Also, I couldn’t really connect with their problems since my best friend and I never had to deal with such a matter.

That’s why, sadly, I didn’t like this book at all and I don’t really have much to say about it.

How to Meet Boys wasn’t my cup of tea because I didn’t like the subject matter and because the characters were dull, and there wasn’t anything special about the plot.

Rating:

1.5 – 2 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me this review copy!

Andreea

Favorite Fantasy Trilogy of 2014 (so far)

I know, I know, it’s only September, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to write this post.

If you read my blog, then you know that I don’t normally read too much fantasy because I just prefer YA paranormal, sci-fi and dystopians, but from time to time, I do read fantasy novels, even though I don’t always like them all.

And I certainly didn’t expect my favorite fantasy trilogy of 2014 to be – The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I initially didn’t even want to read Shadow and Bone (my review) because I thought I wouldn’t even like it, but I am so glad that I did, because I absolutely loved this book. And shortly after I’ve read the first book in this amazing trilogy, I also read the sequels: Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, which were also fantastic.

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The fantasy world that the author has imagined was so original and magical, and I just fell in love with it. The protagonists were awesome, well-crafted and well-developed. The Darkling was such a great villain and he’s probably one of my favorite book villains ever.

After I finished the last book in this trilogy, I was sad because I grew fond of everyone, but I was still satisfied with the ending.

If you haven’t read this trilogy yet, I truly recommend it to you, especially if you’re like me and don’t normally read too much fantasy. The author’s poetic writing style, the suspenseful plot and amazing protagonists will definitely win you over!

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On Friday, the 19th of September, Leigh Bardugo answered many questions in a live chat on the German website Bittersweet. German fans could connect with the author (the live chat was in English though) and I was part of it too, which was a great experience, since I’ve never been part of a live chat before (and she answered one of my questions too, which was pretty awesome!).

You can read the Q&A’s here, if you’re interested (some of the questions and answers contain spoilers, so don’t read them if you haven’t read the trilogy yet).

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So what’s your favorite fantasy trilogy / book / series of 2014 so far? I really plan on reading more fantasy novels, so please let me know in the comments below so I can check out your recommendations.

Andreea 

‘Waiting on’ Wednesday #2

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**Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.**

My pick for today:

Mortal Gods (Goddess War, #2) by Kendare Blake

Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she’ll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can’t have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can’t, fates far worse than death await.

Source: Goodreads

Expected publication date: October 14th 2014 by Tor Teen

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Since I love Kendare Blake’s writing style and Antigoddess was such a great book, I can’t wait to finally read the sequel!

What about you? What are you waiting on?

Andreea

 

 

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

Disclaimer: I received this ARC for free from the publisher Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.

Source: Goodreads

My review:

I haven’t heard anything about this book, but the summary intrigued me and thus, I requested it because I was in the mood for a contemporary romance.

Well, it wasn’t one of these cute and fluffy novels that you read just for entertainment, but I knew that, because the synopsis implied that the story would be heartbreaking. Still, I wasn’t expecting that ending, not at all.

I just thought that some secrets would be revealed, that Bettina would have to choose between ‘Cowboy’ and Brady, but the story dealt with so much more.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye deals with physical abuse in the first place, and I definitely didn’t expect that. It also deals with death and with what it means to have parents who are overprotective and old-fashioned.

Thus, the novel is so much more than just a cute romance because it discusses such heavy topics. Of course there’s also romance in it – the friendship between Bettina and ‘Cowboy’ is really sweet and I really liked how it evolved.

I really liked the characters in this book, but I just couldn’t understand why Bettina didn’t fight back. However, since I haven’t been in such a situation, I cannot say what I would have done in her place because one behaves differently in various situations.

The ending wasn’t to my liking because it was sad and I really didn’t understand why the author has chosen to end her story in such a way.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed The Things You Kiss Goodbye because it dealt with serious matters and I really like it when books discuss such issues since it makes you feel for the protagonists and it makes you think about certain things. The novel is very emotional and sad, and it deals with so much more than just first love.

Rating:

3.5 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me this exciting review copy!

Andreea

Exile (Exile, #1) by Kevin Emerson

Disclaimer: I received this ARC for free from the publisher Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

Source: Goodreads

My review:

I didn’t know much about this book before starting it, so I didn’t have any expectations and didn’t know if I would like it or not.

Now after having read Exile I can say that it was okay, but nothing special. The reason why I didn’t love it was because Summer just fell too easily for Caleb and in my opinion it was just ‘instalove’. Also, I found that Summer was more into Caleb than the other way around, and I didn’t think that these two were a great match because they were just too different despite their love for music. More over, I didn’t really know if they were together or not most of the time, because Caleb behaved really weird for the entire book.

Also, I found that Summer was a little insecure and she behaved that way in many situations. She wasn’t a strong heroine and she should have spoken her mind more often.  She should have told Caleb how she really felt and she also should have told her parents that she doesn’t really want to study law because she obviously has a different passion.

I also didn’t really love Caleb. I don’t know, I just couldn’t grow fond of him. I understood his problems, but to be honest, I just didn’t feel for him.

When you cannot connect with the characters, it’s obviously very hard to care about them or about what happens to them.

Exile was an okay read, but I just didn’t love the protagonists, and the ‘instalove’ was a turn off. Also, there wasn’t anything special about the plot and after I’ve finished reading this book I couldn’t really say that it was worth reading it.

Rating:

2.5 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me this review copy!

Andreea

‘Waiting on’ Wednesday #1

**Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.**
 
Hello everyone! This is my first ‘Waiting on’ Wednesday post. I thought it would be fun to post one too! So here’s my pick for today:
 
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
 

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

 
Source: Goodreads
 
Expected publication date: March 3rd 2015
 
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Since I love Lauren Oliver’s writing style and her books, I am of course thrilled to read her upcoming book as it sounds really good!
 
So what are you waiting on?
 
Andreea