I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

21469068If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.

Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be.

What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and, soon, something deeper.

Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for contemporaries and since I’ve heard such great things about I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios I was so excited so finally start reading it.

I had high hopes for this book and luckily my expectations were met. I loved this novel so much and it’s now one of my favorite YA contemporaries!

If you expect a fluffy summery read you’re going to get so much more since I’ll Meet You There is not just a light and cute contemporary, but a book that will put you through an emotional roller coaster!

Have you ever read a novel that made you cry, smile, happy and mad at the same time? Well, I’ll Meet You There was definitely one of those books because it brought out all these feelings and I was such an emotional wreck after finishing this novel! Needless to say, I still suffer from a book hangover!

Skylar was such a likable heroine and I totally felt for her because she had a lot going on, she had some serious problems at home, some decisions to make and was struggling a lot throughout the book. Still, she was very strong in my opinion and even though she made some mistakes, this fact made her even more realistic and authentic.

Josh was – well – he wasn’t as likable as Skylar, to be honest. I didn’t love him 100% because, let’s just face it – he was messed up. He has done some pretty bad things and I honestly wanted to slap him a few times, BUT he also was really sorry about his stupid actions and knew that he screwed up.

The love story between Skylar and Josh was so freaking swoon- worthy and I just wanted them to be together and to live happily ever after! I just shipped Skylar and Josh so much and when they finally became a couple I felt like doing a victory dance.

What I liked about I’ll Meet You There is the fact that it did not only revolve around Skylar and Josh’s romance, but that it also explored other aspects such as friendship and family. These relationships weren’t perfect, but rather very real and authentic, and that’s exactly why I liked this book so much.

All in all, I’ll Meet You There is a very emotional read featuring two realistic main protagonists that you’ll ship until the end even though they’re far from perfect. I totally recommend this book to everyone out there who loves contemporaries that deal with serious issues and have a deep meaning.

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Andie

The Book Blogger Test

2016-04-07 10.57.44 1.pngI just discovered this tag on Celine‘s blog and thought I’d do it too since I really had fun reading her answers. So here we go:

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BOOK PET PEEVES?

  1. InstaLove – I really have a problem with it since it’s never believable.
  2. Unrealistic protagonists – I just can’t stand characters that seem unreal and unauthentic.
  3. Underdeveloped protagonists – I don’t like to read about characters that don’t undergo a change throughout a book or never grow.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT READING SPOT

My bed.

TELL US THREE BOOK CONFESSIONS

  1. I have only read the first Harry Potter book (when it came out) but have not continued with the series (I know, shame on me!). And now I feel like I’m too old to start reading it.
  2. Sometimes I read the last page of a book even though I just started the book. I only do this when I love a book though, just because I can’t wait to find out how the story will end.
  3. I never buy a book without reading the plot summary because I need to know what the book is about.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?

I can’t really remember, but I must confess that it happened quite a few times. Whenever I read a very emotional book, I can’t help it.

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

Only one – The Bible. My current read is always sitting on my book shelf.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SNACK TO EAT WHILE YOU’RE READING?

It depends. Usually, I don’t snack while I read, but sometimes I do want to eat something, and then it’s either chocolate or popcorn.

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

SHOW US A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKSHELF ON YOUR BOOKCASE

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WRITE HOW MUCH BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS

A freaking lot.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST READING SECRET?

I read hardcovers with the dust jacket on.

Thanks for reading!

Andie

April Book Haul | 2016

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Hello, everyone!

I actually wasn’t planning on buying too many books this month, but somehow I managed to buy more than I intended to. Well, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, right? I mean, can anyone have too many books? Not really. Besides, I received some of these books for review and have not purchased all of these myself. And this fact makes me feel a little bit better.

Anyway, here’s what I acquired:

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I was in the mood for some contemporaries, thus I bought I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios and the sequel to The PerfectionstsThe Good Girls by Sara Shepard. I really enjoyed The Perfectionists and I am so looking forward to the conclusion because I really want to find out what really happened to Nolan.

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Ever since I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh I’ve been wanting to find similar books because I loved the setting of this novel. So when I discovered Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little I just had to buy it because it sounded so good. And since I enjoy stories that take place in palaces, I also got Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (which I already read and liked) and The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. The latter was one of my most anticipated books of 2016 so I am really looking forward to reading it, especially since I loved the Vampire Academy series so much.

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I already read The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks and The Art of Not Breakting by Sarah Alexander so if you want to find out if I liked them or not, feel free to check out my reviews here and here.

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I normally don’t read any Urban Fantasy novels, but this series has been recommended to me and that’s why I wanted to give it a try. And I am glad I did because I really enjoyed Written in Red by Anne Bishop and that’s why I had to buy the sequel Murder of Crows.

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I got these three books from Harper Collins for review and I can’t wait to read them! I’m especially looking forward to reading How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes because it revolves around a ballerina and I am kind of obsessed with everything ballet related. But Unplugged by Donna Freitas and Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann also sound very intriguing.

So these were all the books I got this month and I don’t think I will get more because I want to read them all before I get new ones.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments.

Andie

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

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

27809684One minute Eddie was there. And the next he was gone.

Five years on, and it’s Elsie who’s lost. All she knows is the pain she feels. Pain that her twin Eddie’s body has never been found after that day on the beach.

Then she meets Tay; confident, cool and addicted to free-diving. He says it’s too dangerous for her to join; it’s too dark, too scary, too deep. But what does he know?

He doesn’t know that being underwater is the only time Elsie doesn’t ache for her brother. That diving gives her flashbacks. And that uncovering the secrets of that day is the only way for Elsie to start breathing again.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

Ever since I heard of this book I’ve wanted to read it because the summary sounded intriguing and I just loved the sound of this novel.

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy stories that feature unreliable narrators. I love such narrators so much because you can’t really trust them, but at the same time you still sympathize with them. Besides, I love solving mysteries and guessing what really happened, and that’s why The Art of Not Breathing sounded so appealing to me in the first place.

The Art of Not Breathing is, however, so much more than just a mystery story. It’s a dark tale about grief, secrets, family dysfunction and ultimately, denial. This book deals with some heavy topics such as anorexia, bullying, mental illness and adultery. Thus, The Art of Not Breathing is not your typical fluffy contemporary romance (as the cover might suggest), but rather a gloomy story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

Elsie was a relatable protagonist and I really felt for her and her family. The author did a great job portraying Elsie’s grief and the aftermath of her twin’s death. Her family has a lot of issues and therefore, there were several emotional moments in this novel that were very powerful.

The romance in this novel was cute, but not too overwhelming since The Art of Not Breathing deals with more important matters.

When Elsie gets to know Tay she soon begins to love free-diving because being underwater gives her flashbacks. And Elsie believes that these flashbacks might lead her to the truth, she thinks that she will finally uncover the secrets surrounding her twin’s death. And although I loved to read about these flashbacks (because I wanted to uncover these secrets just as much as Elsie), I still found that Elsie was very reckless and was doing a very dangerous thing. Nevertheless, I did enjoy reading about free-diving because I have never read books about this sport before.

All in all The Art of Not Breathing was an emotional and suspenseful novel featuring some very realistic and well-drawn protagonists. As I mentioned above, the book deals with some heavy issues and has some shocking twists in store for you. Therefore, I really recommend this book to everyone who enjoys YA psychological thrillers and mysteries.

Rating:

4 out 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Usborne Publishing for sending me this great book for review!

Andreea

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

229262001Some people might say that Denver had a death wish. Why else would she have dared to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies, namely including her ex-BFF Abigail?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who was she to question this miracle of fate? Well, that wasn’t the only surprise fate had in store.

During the party a tsunami hit the coast of California, wiping out everything in its path. Denver and a handful of others escaped death by holding onto the roof of the house and were swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways was none other than Abigail, who could barely stand the sight of her.

Now that she’s floating in the ocean, stuck on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first-dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister?

A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Park’s irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

So a few weeks ago I discovered Epic Reads on Youtube and ever since I’ve been adding books to my Goodreads to be read list. The Lifeboat Clique was pretty high on my list and I really wanted to read this book because it sounded funny, despite its somehow morbid theme. I mean – we’re talking about a tsunami hitting the coast of California and causing devastation resulting in many deaths. It’s a tragic thing to happen of course, but the author still managed to tell a funny story revolving around mean girls, survival and friendship.

The main protagonist, Denver, is a teenager who isn’t really popular in school (okay, who am I kidding – she’s actually an outcast). She once was best friends with Abigail (who is now one of the cool kids), but something happened between them a while ago, thus causing their friendship to rupture.

Since Denver has a crush on a popular boy named Croix, she decides to sneak into a beach house party hosted by her now enemy and former BFF Abigail because she hopes to spend some time with Croix. However, Denver doesn’t really get to spend that much time with her crush because a tsunami hits the beach house, washing away everything. Most of Denver’s schoolmates lose their lives, but Denver, along with some popular kids, luckily manage to rescue themselves. Well, Denver doesn’t really think she was lucky, after all she’s stuck with some mean girls and a jock who constantly like to point out that she’s an outcast. Now these survivors need to learn to work together if they want to live and they need to stop judging each other.

As I mentioned before, The Lifeboat Clique was still a funny book, despite the tragedy that occurred at the beginning of the novel. There were so many anecdotes and hilarious moments that I just had to laugh out loud a couple of times. The author has perfectly managed to capture the voices of teenagers and the conversations between the protagonists felt very real and authentic. The writing style was entertaining and the story was very easy to follow. That’s why I read The Lifeboat Clique in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down and wanted to know how the story would end and who would really survive.

Denver was a clever, funny and relatable character and I could totally identify with her. I felt sad for her because I can imagine what it must have felt like to be abandoned like that by her former best friend. The story alternated between past and present and that way, we could find out how Denver and Abigail’s friendship has changed over time and what ultimately caused its downfall.

I loved how the story evolved, I loved how at some point the mean kids understood how important it is to work together and that they realized how clever Denver was and that they needed her in order to survive.

All in all The Lifeboat Clique was a fresh story about high school outcasts, mean girls and high school hierarchy. It was an entertaining story featuring a witty heroine and an addictive narrative full of dark humor. I really recommend this novel if you like funny books revolving around high school drama!

Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

Andreea

My favorite Bookstagrammers

I don’t know about you, but I love #bookstagram (the book community on Instagram). I love looking at beautiful book pictures, liking awesome photos and leaving comments. Through #bookstagram I’ve discovered some fantastic books, made some great friends and started to read a lot more. And since there are some amazing bookish accounts I follow on Instagram, I thought I’d share them with you (in no particular order):

Twirlingpages

I just recently discovered Alexandra’s #bookstagram account and what can I say? I’m in love with it. I love the filters she uses and the fact that she’s a ballet dancer because some of her pictures feature ballet related things. And I’m kind of obsessed with ballet (no, I’ve never danced, but I just love everything ballet related. Yes, I know, I’m weird).

Myriad

Jen’s account is also very beautiful because she takes such artistic photos of her books and I just love her feed!

Madame

Michelle’s account is really special because I’ve been following it for so long and I’ve watched it grow. Plus, she also lives in Germany and that’s awesome since I’m from Germany as well. And can we please take a moment and talk about the cute cat pictures? I mean, who doesn’t love cats? I absolutely love seeing them!

Teenbooksdaily

I’ve been following Jennifer’s account for a long time as well and I just adore her beautiful pictures. And look at that sweet dog! Isn’t he a total cutie?

Zeilenverliebt

And yet another German account that I absolutely love because Laura takes such beautiful pictures of her books and interacts wonderfully with her followers!

So these were some of my favorite #bookstagram accounts! If you don’t know them yet, please check them out because I’m sure you’ll also fall in love with them!

I will be probably having more posts like this in the future since I love discovering new #bookstagram accounts. Who are your favorite bookstagrammers? Please let me know in the comments below.

Andreea