The Swap by Megan Shull

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.


ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.

Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!

Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.

Source: Goodreads

My review:

I requested The Swap from the publisher because it sounded like such a cute and funny story and because I like stories that feature characters who swap lives.

And the novel was indeed really adorable and such a fun read. I laughed several times while reading this book and I was very pleased with the writing, the plot and the ending.

Told from alternating perspectives, we learn a lot about Ellie and Jack, especially after they swap lives and bodies. Before the swap happens, Ellie thinks that being a boy must be a lot easier than being a girl and Jack thinks that being a girl must be easier than being a boy. But after this strange experience, they both understand the other gender a lot better and they also value their families and lives a lot more. Thus, this swap experience teaches Ellie and Jack so many things and they both change for the better and are so much more content than they were before.

Since this novel features younger characters (and is aimed for a middle school readership I guess), there isn’t really much romance in The Swap, which was totally fine and understandable.

All in all The Swap was a really sweet story about boys and girls, about the usual teenager problems, and about learning to value one’s family and speaking up for oneself.


4 out of 5 stars

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



Blackbird (Blackbird, #1) by Anna Carey

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.

This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

Source: Goodreads

My review:

Since the synopsis sounded really mysterious and I am currently in the mood for YA thrillers, I wanted to read this book and thus, I requested it from the publisher.

I didn’t read Anna Carey’s Eve trilogy and I didn’t know if I would like her writing style or not. The writing in Blackbird was good, but I had one major problem with it – the book is written in second person. Now I don’t have a problem with this point of view. I loved The Night Circus so much and it was also written in second person for example. But somehow, I just didn’t like this point of view in Blackbird and I think I would have enjoyed the book so much more if it had been written in first person instead. I just didn’t understand why the author has chosen to tell her story in second person.

I also think that this point of view was the main reason why I couldn’t connect with ‘Sunny’ (it’s not her real name since she doesn’t really know her real name). In general, I found that the characters were underdeveloped and I think the author could have done a much better job portraying them.

Nonetheless, Blackbird was definitely an interesting novel because we, as readers, along with the main protagonist ‘Sunny’, have no clue what’s going on in the beginning. The main protagonist doesn’t know who she is and why these strange people are trying to kill her. As she tries to uncover the truth about her past and her identity, the main character embarks on a dangerous journey plastered with lies.

Blackbird was therefore very suspenseful because I wanted to know the truth, I wanted to know what really happened to this girl who wakes up with no memory.  The mystery behind the girl’s past is really intriguing and thrilling and it’s probably the best part of the book.

The romance in this novel was not really how I had expected it to be, but I can’t really talk about it without spoiling the story. All I can say is that I am looking forward to the sequel because I want to find out more about both boys.

All in all Blackbird was a suspenseful YA thriller that was action-packed and engaging, but the narrative perspective didn’t work out so well in my opinion and therefore I couldn’t feel for the main character. The romance could have been more exciting too, but maybe it will be more prominent in the sequel.


3.5 out of 5 stars

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