From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

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

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

Kassidy Voinche mentioned this book in one of her book hauls and since the cover and the plot intrigued me I really wanted to read it and review it as well.

And I’m glad I did because the story was interesting and cute, and the writing style was to my liking.

However, I hoped it would be more romantic, but unfortunately, it wasn’t. Sure, Emma loves Lucas so much that she would do anything in order to be with him. But Lucas isn’t really Lucas when he wakes up and for the most part of the book Emma spends time with this other boy who is inside her boyfriend’s body. And there is no romance between them of course, only friendship. As Emma tries to save her boyfriend, she embarks on a very dangerous journey and this journey was very interesting and suspenseful.

The idea of the book was not new or unique, but I still enjoyed reading From a Distant Star because I totally love such sci-fi stories involving other planets, aliens and so on.

All in all From a Distant Star was definitely an entertaining read about friendship and the power of love. The novel was suspenseful and intriguing, though it lacked romance in my opinion.

Rating:

3.5 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

Andreea

The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

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.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking and brilliantly written debut that is part love story, part mystery, part high-stakes drama.

What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish your sadness? Transform your looks? The right spell can fix anything…. When Ari’s boyfriend Win dies, she gets a spell to erase all memory of him. But spells come at a cost, and this one sets off a chain of events that reveal the hidden—and sometimes dangerous—connections between Ari, her friends, and the boyfriend she can no longer remember.

Told from four different points of view, this original and affecting novel weaves past and present in a suspenseful narrative that unveils the truth behind a terrible tragedy.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

I requested this book because I liked the sound of it and because I hoped it would be like We Were Liars, which is one of my favorite books.

And even though it wasn’t as great as We Were Liars I still enjoyed The Cost of All Things because it was mysterious and suspenseful.

The whole idea of the dangerous spells that come with side effects was very intriguing and I loved reading about them. I wanted to know more about them, how they come about, how they actually work, but unfortunately, the author doesn’t explain them 100% and that’s really a pity.

The novel is told from different perspectives and while I am not a big fan of such books, I must admit that this concept worked very well in The Cost of All Things. That way, we learned a lot about the friendships in this novel, about the inner thoughts of the main characters and about Win himself, even though he died.

If you’re looking for romance, then you’ll probably be disappointed because this novel doesn’t concentrate on romance, but more on friendships and other things. But I didn’t really mind because while I was reading The Cost of All Things I didn’t really miss the romance since I was interested in finding out how the friendships will develop.

All in all I really enjoyed The Cost of All Things because it was definitely suspenseful, mysterious and the plot was really intriguing, with the whole concept of different spells and their consequences. Unfortunately, the spells weren’t really explained and that’s why I didn’t give this novel a higher rating.

Rating:

3.5 – 4 out of 5 stars

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

Andreea

Wrong About the Guy by Claire LaZebnik

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.

Claire LaZebnik’s latest twist on a beloved classic asks the age old question: Could the girl who knows everything be wrong about the guy?

As the stepdaughter of a TV star, Ellie Withers has it all: an amazing house in LA, a devoted friend who loved her before she even knew who Ellie’s stepfather was, and a burgeoning romance with handsome Aaron Marquand. But Ellie isn’t the kind of person who’s content with simply having it all—the people in her life have to be equally happy. And, of course, she knows exactly what they need.

When Ellie’s plans for her family, her friends, and even her love life don’t turn out the way she imagined, she begins to wonder if maybe she could stand to learn a thing or two after all. Most surprising, though, is that the perfect person to teach her is the last person she’d expect.

With her signature witty narration and swoon-worthy romance, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail, The Trouble with Flirting, and The Last Best Kiss) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story: Jane Austen’s Emma.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

Since I read Epic Fail a while ago and really enjoyed it I wanted to read Claire LaZebnik’s new book as well because it seemed like a cute read, just as Epic Fail was.

And I was right – Wrong About the Guy was also a very sweet and cute YA contemporary that I read really fast and enjoyed.

I liked the main protagonist Ellie because she was smart and snarky. Yes, she seemed a little spoiled, but I could understand why, given the circumstances. Still, she was very likable and therefore, it was easy to identify with her.

George was cute and seemed like a very nice guy and it took Ellie a while to realize it, but when she did and took action, it was all very sweet.

It was fun to read about Ellie’s lifestyle, about her parents and her best friend Heather. I really enjoyed the setting of this book and liked the plot of the novel. The similarities between Wrong About the Guy and Jane Austen’s Emma were very easy to spot and I really enjoyed Claire LaZebnik’s modern spin on Jane Austen’s popular novel.

All in all this novel was really fun and I really enjoyed it because the protagonists were likable and the story was really cute.

Rating:

3.5 out of 5 stars

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

Andreea

Rambling Post

Hello everyone!

First of all, I wanted to apologize for not updating this blog in the past few weeks. As you might know I moved and thus, there were all kinds of things that kept me busy.

Also, some of you know that I also have a German book blog and since I’m receiving many German review copies I am kind of more active on my German blog. And I feel bad about it because I love my English blog just as much and I don’t want to neglect it, especially since I prefer reading in English anyway.

Anyway, I hope you all understand. I am really going to try to be more active here too. And I am also sorry for not visiting your book blogs either. I feel so bad about it.

Even with the move and everything, I still managed to actually read a lot in April. Which makes me happy of course. I have found some new favorites and read some pretty great books!

Some of you might know that I tried reading Throne of Glass last year (or was it in 2013? – I don’t remember) and that I wasn’t in the mood for it, so I never actually finished the book.

But since my friend was constantly raving about this series (and probably everyone on the planet who has read these books), I thought I’d give this book another try. And guess what happened – I ended up loving it of course and needless to say, it’s now one of my favorite books! I then bought the sequel and loved it even more!

Now I have a problem – I’m on a book buying ban (again), but I want Heir of Fire really bad, I need it like yesterday. I am Team Chaol by the way. What about you?

Also, Sarah J. Maas has published another book, A Court of Thorns and Roses and of course I want it too.

And I also want Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You because I finally read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and it’s also a new favorite of mine. That ending was so mean and I need the sequel too!

So yeah, I don’t know what to do. I want all these books so I am probably going to have to break my ban (again).

What about you? What are you currently reading? Have you read ACOSTAR yet? Are you also on a ban?

Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. And again, sorry for neglecting this blog lately. I really feel bad about it!

Andreea