book review

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (A Review)

IMG_20170602_103703-01Genre: Family,Mystery, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: June 1st 2017
Publisher:  Penguin.
Pages: 308 pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 4.75 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.


I just finished it and i have no idea how to review it. Actually i always have no idea because i suck at reviews but here goes. But here goes…
I loved this book. As far as Ya contemporaries go this one was perfect. It was fluffy but at the same time heavy and deep. A lot of stuff is going on in the book  dealing with grief, loss and the art of just living afterwards. Added to it all was the mystery of you. This book is funny, smart, moving while dealing with issue of loss, love, friendship and family ties.
First of I loooove our mc’s name Juniper Lemon its such a fun name. She was a nice narrator to follow. She is erratic funny, stubborn and saddening at times. Her quest for you drives into you and you are as frantic and obsessed with finding answers as she is. She is lost after her sister and its riveting to see her find her place in the world after the gaping hole her sister left. Her character development is capturing.
The other side characters are interesting. Brand despite being the usual trope-y bad boy still has a certain depth to him. He has a huge softer side ahrem as usual despite his oh fear me attitude.
I also loved the artist concept woven into the story. The idea of juniper class project or simply the index card was cute, fun and interesting.
This story despite being predictable or having similar ya tropes manages to hook you to the fullest you keep reading more and more because you just cant wait for answers.

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In the end i will say just buy the book. If you are a fan of Ya contemporaries this one will make your day believe me.

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner( A Review)

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Genre: Mystery, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication:March 14th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:  374 pages, Hardcover.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Oh i finished it an hour ago! And i am way too confused about my feeling about it.
First when i went into the story it took way to long to start like forever. The pacing through out this book is very slow. There is a lot of description which made it rather chunky. But well after a while the book did manage to ensnare me. But my ending thoughts about this one are confused. I thought this was gonna be a solid 4.5 book for me but those last few chapters left me confused. I wanted more from the ending and epilogue since the author took forever in the previous chapter i don’t know why this was abrupt for me. What of the princes court and all the people what happened to them? A castle doesn’t go empty like zoom in a flick. I don’t know that part bothered me. Where were the other humans adjacent to the prince that were there pre curse times. I also would have liked to know more at the end.
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Anyway moving on the the other parts than the ending i really really enjoyed the story. The magical element that Spooner bought to this beauty and the beast retelling was different. Although staying true to the main theme of b&b the story did had its own personal touch and elements.
I love the forests and the beautiful elements of the nature described in it. The forest in the winter and snow *_*
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Yava was a fun character to read. She was headstrong, brave and had such a huge wanderlust. She didn’t really fit into the society and she always seemed to be attracted to the wilderness. Her passion for hunting was something.
The beast part of the story, his thoughts were very very interesting, intriguing and peculiar. I loved reading them. And the style they were written in made them much more eye catching.
This book in the deeper sense delves into topics like sacrifices, wants and needs, importance of family and how it’s okay for us to be a little selfish. All the fairy tale-ness and the magic in this book, in the end did have a deeper much rooted meaning.
The side character were also charming and fantastic.
My only problem with this book came at the ending few chapters and it left me confused. Other wise i thoroughly enjoyed this book. In the end i just wanted more and that’s funny because at the start i wanted less because of the pace haha. May a little more world building was needed? Because boy oh boy the beasts world just went way above my head. And also some actual interaction between beauty and beast. Through out the book i don’t think they even had one conversation about random stuff. So over all i don’t know about this story it didn’t satisfy. Anyway these were my thoughts i kinda suck at reviews and sharing my thoughts.

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus( A Review)

IMG_20170602_104210-01.jpegGenre: Mystery, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: June 1st 2017
Publisher:  Penguin.
Pages: 368 Pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 4.5 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own. A huge thank you to Penguin Random House for their kindness!!

When i found out this book was based upon or inspired by The Breakfast Club i was so darn happy *_*

So we have the Brain : Bronwyn, The beauty: Addy, The Jock: Cooper, The bad Boy : Nate, And Simon The Outcast.

I mostly don’t read suspense and thriller novels but this one had me hooked from the start and i bloody loved every minute of it.
The book starts with all the five characters being in detention. But than Simon drops dead and the games begin. Who could be the killer?!?!?!?! Since there where only five people in the room and one of them is dead. The story divulges into chaos and action and grabs your attention by the teeth.
All the characters are so diverse different and all bring their own melodrama and life’s wackiness to the table. Its fun to explore each voice in the multiple point of view .Each main has his or her own secrets that they don’t want the world to know. All of them are relateable, close to reality characters. There’s drama, fun, regrets the usual typical things a teenager experiences. The characters have a lot of depth to them, every character doesn’t fit perfectly into their stereotype. The jock isn’t just the typical jock whose life isn’t more than parties and games: theirs more too Cooper than the typical jock-ness. The brain isn’t just a goody good academic brainiac, the blonde isn’t just the dumb, clueless it girl. Each one of them has more to themselves and all have a in depth background life revolving around them. That’s full of different issues, supporting characters and diversity. The character development in this book was amazing. I love that as story progresses the characters find a way to be together.

Most of the time with books like this the endings always disappoint me but for this one I found that it was wrapped up nicely. The character’s epilogue was also handled nicely and realistically,  not the unrealistic happily driving away into oblivion way.

This book was totally compelling, i was hooked from the start and enjoyed every second of it. Highly Recommended. It is beautifully written and handled. An exciting and gripping  page turner.

 

 

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Flawed (Flawed, #1) by Cecelia Ahern ( A Review)

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Genre: Fantasy, Young-Adult, Contemporary,  Dystopia
Year Of Publication: March 24th 2016
Publisher:  Harper Collins Children’s Books
Pages: 402 Pages ( Hardcover)
My rating: 4 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own. A huge thank you to Harper Collin Uk for their kindness!!

First of all going into this book i was pretty skeptic and scared because i had tried reading her work in the past but both books were a miss for me and i ended up dnf-ing them both. But i am glad this was not the case here.

Imagine living in a world where you are constantly monitored and a little moral slip or ethical mistake or a error in a decision will land you into a deep pile of trouble and in the end u will be shunned and despised in the society. And in turn also get branded for the whole world to know of that mistake. This is the world that this dystopia books tell the story about.

This story uses the usual dystopian recipe  tropes of a  society set in future, run by tyrannical and controlling leaders where a part of the society is oppressed and while the other half watches without a conscience. While bringing nothing new to the table, this book was quite entertaining and thought provoking.

So the story revolves around our main protagonist, Celestine North who is deemed perfect by everyone around her. But than one day everything changes for her when she makes a decision that lands her in the flawed category. She is quite a mixture of qualities thorough out the book  from brave to cowardly to irrational to weak to strong she had a lot to portray. All these emotions of her made me like her more. That *flawed* personality of her. Sometimes i would really scream at her for the decisions she made and did some out right stupid thing but eh nobody is perfect.( Yes pun intended)

The supporting character from the villains ( yes he was perfect you want to churn him inside a blender ugh i know graphic but that’s what u want to do to villains ) to the family of Celestine to the members of the society did their job nicely.

The triangle that i readabout in reviews i didn’t find any maybe it will be explored in the sequel. But in this book both boys were separate entities one came before being flawed and one came after being flawed.

The most important part of this book for me that resonated with me was the society portrayed. It exactly what even happening now in current era. To quote:

“I’ve learned that people aren’t cruel. Most people aren’t, anyway, apart from the Logans, the Colleens, the Gavins, and the Natashas of the world, but people are strong on self-preservation. And if something doesn’t directly affect them, they don’t get involved. I should know; I was like that up until last month.”

The society we are also living in doesn’t care about anything unless it happens to them themselves. That’s the same here in the story. They live life like they are perfect and try to hide their flaws in the fear of being branded. Most of them a bullies and so intolerant and nobody see the wrongs of the society. But i guess oppression gives rise to a rebellion and i see one brewing  in the horizon. That why i am so excited to read the sequel. Love me some rebellion.

Over all the story was interesting. Even though it had the same dystopian tropes. The concept of being flawed and branded intrigued me. This book kept me hooked to the last minute and i also leaves you that way because it ends with a cliff hanger and you cannot wait to read the next one and get answers and more action.

Favorite quotes:

“Ignorance is bliss. Knowledge is often a responsibility nobody wants.”

“I know the difference between right and wrong. I understand the rules. But today I feel that the rules have been blurred, because today they were literally on my front doorstep.”

“We see being Flawed as a strength, Celestine. If you make a mistake, you learn from it. If you never make a mistake, you’re never the wiser. These so-called perfect leaders we have now have never made a mistake. How can they have learned what’s right and wrong, how could they have learned anything about themselves? About what they feel comfortable doing, about what they feel is beyond the scope of their character? The more mistake you have made, the more you have learned.”

Conclusion : Overall this book has a really powerful message about societies and how blind to injustice we have become. I would recommend this book to all those who are fan of dystopian reads out there.

Release blitz

The Animal Under The Fur by E.J. Mellow blitz + Giveaway!

 

Today guys i have a release day blitz of a book i did cover reveal for a few months ago now its gonna be finally out today.( Happiest Publishing day to Ej) And I am here to tell you all about its synopsis and a fun giveaway where you might be able to win it. So here goes ❤

 

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The Animal Under  By E.J. Mellow

Publication date: March 30th 2017

Genres: Action, Adult, Romance

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From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Synopsis:

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows

better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to

survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s

length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love

buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and

effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands,

the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3

lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their

unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records?

Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the

line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to- loath-to- love standalone novel

filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped

in your hands.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes

& Noble / iBooks / Kobo

 

Author Bio:

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E.J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy The

Dreamland Series and The Animal Under The Fur. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine

Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing.

Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy,

Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

 

GIVEAWAY!

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Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

 

Booktag

#BookTag: This Or That?

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I was tagged by myself to volunteer to do this tag lel.

Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag (10) other people to do this tag to spread the love!

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

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Bed. I 99% of the times read in bed.

Male main character or female main character?

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idk i don’t prefer i love a really good character regardless of gender

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Sweet snacks or salty snacks?

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Salty. I wasn’t born with a sweet tooth.

Trilogies or Quartets?

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Quartets i think.

First Person POV or Third Person?

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Third person. Yass.

Reading at night or in the morning?

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Both. Who even reads by choosing day time or night insane much

Libraries or Bookstores?

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Bookstores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

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Laugh

Black Book Covers or White Book Covers?

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Black book covers.

Character Driven or Plot Driven?

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I think i need both to work together and blow me away.

I would like to tag everyone reading this.

 

 

Booktag

I Dare You #Booktag

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RULES:

Ο You must be honest

Ο You can’t not answer a question

Ο You have to tag at least four people

 

Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

The fudge series , i think.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

My current read is Gathering Darkness, Last book was Rebel Spring and i think ill read Percy Jackson series next.

What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hm…  Passenger? 75% people hated it.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but probably won’t?

Errrrr…………… Cogheart maybe.

Which book are you saving for retirement?

None atm.

Last Page: Read it first or wait till the end?

Nope no NAH!  I dont believe in spoilers.

Acknowledgments: Waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

I never skip acknowledgments .I always always read them to find out that the author said. And if they are friends with other authors and if they said anything funny

Which book character would you switch places with?

Errr, this is a tough one. Most of the books I read are set up in a war filled/ rebellious  places (fantasy geek) I would never want to live. Err, this is a tough one. Anna? From Anna and the French kiss she gets to travel and live in a dorm. I have always wanted that. Plus i have such a huge wanderlust.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?

Yes! Harry potter reminds me of the old days when i was young and read and reread them so many times. The nostalgia and it reminds me of my old house and reading at night and the summery days.

Which book has been with you the most places?

I don’t know. I do always bring a book with me wherever I go, but it’s every time a different book that I’m reading currently in that moment.

Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Nope i didn’t have required reading.

Used or brand new?

New but i don’t mind used too, the vintage feel to them.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yeaph!

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

YES! Confessions of a shopaholic!  The book for that was such a drag and not as funny as the movie i couldn’t wait to finish it.

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, excluding cookbooks?

I am always hungry

Who’s the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My childhood besty. But we had a stupid fall out

I tag everyone reading this. woho.

How would you answer these questions? Do we agree on some? Tell me below.