BOOK REVIEW: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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Book: Undead Girl Gang
Author: Lily Anderson

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: ★★★ / 5

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Summary:
Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side. So when Riley and Fairmont Academy mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders. But they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

Spells are just prayers with more steps and a name that scares people.

Okay, so. It was good. But that’s all. I’m disappointed. I thought it would be more than was it was. More witchy, more explosive… more serious. But no. If you want to read a quick, fresh book, this is the one.

The best lie is always the truth.

LIKES:

= The amount of body positivity and feminism in this book is absolutely amazing, it filled me with happiness. All the females in this book were different (size, age, colour, sexuality…), each of them being a different type of strong and independent. They each bring something important, different and refreshing to the story. If one of them wasn’t there, it definitely wouldn’t be the same. Also, we got to see them changing their behaviour, for example, not bullying others anymore.

= Riley was the best character in this whole book. She was down-to-earth, sweet, caring, and such a great friend. She tried to understand everything without getting mad and weighed each of her words before saying them (unlike Mila…). I just wished we’d seen more of her and her backstory.

= What made me want to read this book is the witchy side of it. And let me tell you, I’m not disappointed at all! I loved seeing them performing magic, it was very interesting and entertaining, and it all felt very real, using herbs and candles and being one with the earth.

= The writing style was quite nice: fresh and light. Very good for a sweet summer read. It was funny and not boring.

= I really liked the whole murder investigation side of the story. And when everything revealed itself… I was shocked by it and I really couldn’t believe it. What an end!! It was amazing and I didn’t expect it at all, because, you know. It was way too big for it to be real.

DISLIKES:

= I don’t feel like I’ve learned anything about those girls. We never really got to take a look at their pasts, at their families, at anything, really. In the end, I didn’t know much more than when I started the book. And it was disappointing.

= I don’t believe people can radically change in less than a week. So this whole book didn’t really seem realistic to me (other than all the witchy things, obviously). Let me take June as an example. She bullied people and never stopped insulting them. Yes, she changed. But how could she have changed that quickly? If she insulted everyone, and that since middle school, three girls wouldn’t possibly be able to change her way of thinking.

= The police in this town is the worst ever, no kidding. How could they just think they killed themselves? Everything was pointing towards murder, but no, they chose the easy way. UGH. And in the end, there wasn’t any justice? That made me so angry omg.

= I wish it had been more serious from time to time, instead of having bad jokes each time something important was happening. It didn’t make it credible at all.

Everything is unfinished – our whole lives.

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TAG: Soul-Ripping Romance

Good evening, fellow readers!

It’s been almost a year since my last tag! And since Siobhan tagged me (thank you!), I thought it would be the perfect moment to finally do another one. I 100% recommend checking her blog, her articles are always really interesting!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heartstrings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas.
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

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The Boy Who Steals Houses – Moxie and Sam:
These two are some of the cutest characters to ever exist, I swear. I loved how their relationship began and how we got to see it change and become something more. I definitely would’ve liked to see more of them though!

Call Me By Your Name – Elio and Oliver:
First of all, I have to say I’m totally in love with this book, and with its movie. I love everything about it, the story, the characters, the scenery… It’s such an amazing one, and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
Moving on. Elio and Oliver broke my heart, built it back, and broke it again. I love them both with all my heart. I cried so much reading it, especially at the end.

All For The Game – Andrew and Neil:
I didn’t even write a full review of this series because of how much I care about it. They’re probably the best books I’ve read so far, so that’s something.
But, yeah. We had to wait for three whole books before actually seeing it happen. 3!! It was an amazing build and it was so intense, heartbreaking, angsty, and everything you could dream of seeing, at the same time.

The Raven Cycle – Blue and Gansey:
These two fit together so perfectly it actually hurts? Like, really hurts? They were so cute and shy and sweet and amazing throughout the four books, their relationship was so heartwarming and special, that I had to put them in here.

A Court of Mist and Fury – Feyre and Rhysand:
Why would I do a romance tag without mentioning them? I couldn’t miss it.
I just loved seeing them together. They made me so angry sometimes, and they broke my heart more than once, but oof. They were perfect. Maybe too perfect though, if I dare say.

Red Rising – Mustang and Darrow:
I started the series only recently, so I’m not up to date on this one. Maybe it changed, maybe it didn’t, but still, I think these two have a very special and endearing relationship. They made me smile, laugh, cry, and throw my book quite a few times!


I tag:
BreeIngaEmmaLauraLibbyBrittany

Sorry if you’ve already done it!

BOOK REVIEW: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Book: One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: ★★★★ / 5

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Summary:
Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.
Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

Things’ll get worse before they get better.

Okay. This was so good and surprising and cute and full of sweet emotions. And I managed not to get the end right, so it came as an exciting surprise!! It’s also the first crime book I’ve ever read, and I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. But NO, I actually really liked this genre! I’m so glad I tried it out.

I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to admit that sometimes they’re just assholes who screw up because they don’t expect to get caught.

LIKES:

= The story was so much fun and I had a great time discovering things along with the characters. My mind could never stop wondering “who tf did it??” because I could never settle on one person. And I guessed wrong in the end lmao I suck. Back to the story: the characters seemed to just be little dolls doing exactly what the “bad” person wants and I loved it!! And the mystery around it was so well written and it all just made so much sense in the end? I really loved getting to be a detective for 350 pages!

= The characters were all so angsty and it was so great seeing them all change their minds about who did it and why and why them and why now etc. We had each of their POVs which was a really interesting thing to have and I’m glad the author chose to do that. It brought a lot more to the story!
To be honest, I didn’t like any of them at first sksksk (mostly because they were described as such clichés it made me roll my eyes quite a few times) but, by the end, I just couldn’t let them go and I didn’t want anything to happen to them 😦
Nate was by far my favourite one because of his whole personality and I was really affected by how unfair he was treated throughout the whole book. I broke my heart and made me want to protect him at all cost. And his story was so interesting I just wanted to know more and more about him.
I really liked Bronwyn as well. She reminds me a bit of myself, always wanting to be the best in everything and always wanting to know more about life in general.
I didn’t like Addy at all at first, but in the end, I thought she had really changed and she had really got out of her stereotype and I really liked seeing her that way.
Cooper, on the other hand… I just never liked the man, I think. I don’t think he changed as much as the other did and he stayed too cliché for me. Shame, because I’m sure he had potential.

DISLIKES:

I don’t think I really connected with any of the characters?? It’s a bit weird because I normally find at least one to connect with, but here,,,, no. There maybe were too many POVs? I don’t know, but I didn’t really feel anything.

I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

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Book: The Boy Who Steals Houses
Author: C.G. Drews

Publisher: Orchard Books

Rating: ★★★★★ / 5

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Summary:
Can two broken boys find their perfect home?
Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.
But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

He’s officially taken house burglary to the next level. Forget stealing a bed, a key, a home for the night. He’s stealing families and their Sunday lunches.

Here I was thinking A Thousand Perfect Notes was going to be the death of me. My poor heart was shattered after reading it. But this one, this one, oh my. I cried. It was beautiful. Amazing.

She is the sun and her eyes burn stars.

LIKES:

= Obviously… the De Lainey family. How can you not love them? I’m going to rant about each and every one of them, be warned.
Ø Let’s start with Grady. He reads a lot, he doesn’t start any troubles, he’s calm and sweet and he has a girlfriend that it probably super cute and he loves her a lot. We didn’t really get to know him, which I think is a shame because he could’ve been a really interesting character, but no, he was described as “the nerd” and that was it. Too bad.
Ø Jeremy and Jack, the twins, are absolutely hilarious and I adored them. Jeremy has lots and lots of friends and is the one doing some chores, while Jack is the intrepid one, always coming up with good (bad) ideas like jumping from the top of a very dangerous-looking rock, or having a trolley race in the middle of a grocery store. He’s also the one doing practically nothing, the one always swearing and losing his phone, and the one who made me laugh the most. Every time he opened his mouth to say something, I cracked a smile, I swear.
Ø The smaller ones (Dash, Toby, the Baby) didn’t really bring anything to the book, but idk they seemed nice. I would’ve liked to see them more, though.
Ø The father is such a good one. It’s refreshing to finally see a good parent lmao.
Ø And Moxie!! Such a sweetie omg I love her. She sews her own clothes, she takes care of most chores (give her a break, c’mon), she’s funny, strong, independent, feminist, and she cares so much. About everything. She deserves the world.

Sam and Avery Lou are two sweet, love-deserving boys. The choices they made were really, freakishly bad, but they never meant any harm. They grew up in such a shitty household, under shitty circumstances, and life did them no good. But still, they cared. Sam tried his best to make his older brother happy, ready to kill in order to make him happy and safe. And Avery… it broke my heart to see how people mocked him for his autism. It is, and will never be, something funny. It’s not a joke. It needs to be taken seriously and you need to adapt your behaviour in order to respect him. But NO, almost every adult in this book just didn’t take him seriously and UGH.

Food food food food. Potato salad, hot buttered bun, onions, brownies (caramel ones!), waffles, pancakes. I think it’s right to say I was hungry for the whole book.

= This book makes you laugh, cry, laugh, and cry even harder, all on the same page. But it was an awesome ride and I’m not complaining at all. Cait’s writing style is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read more of her works.

THAT EASTER EGG. The fact that she casually put “like August and her boyfriend” in the middle of a page made me say something like “AUGUST OMG”.

DISLIKES:

= The fact that Sam kept coming back to her house really freaked me out. The fact that she heard him out even more. I mean, yes, everybody deserves second chances and all, and yes, she made a good choice, but still, she said no, don’t come back, and he should’ve respected that choice instead of buying her things to try and bribe her.

He can’t be an invisible boy when she can see him. He can’t steal houses or the girl inside them, but he can build a bridge of moons and caramel cakes to get back to her.


Have you read any of Cait’s books? Did you like them?

BOOK REVIEW: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

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Book: Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Rating: ★★★,5 / 5

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Summary:
the longing.
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human. 

the linger.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

“Right now,” Sam said, “it’s hard to imagine that it is raining anywhere in the world.”

Oh. Wow. This just keeps getting better and better? The first book was good. The second one is even better!! I have high hopes for the third one. Fingers crossed!

This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things. I never knew there were so many different ways to say goodbye.

LIKES:

= The fact that there were different POVs didn’t bother me at all. In fact, I think it’s one of Maggie’s greatest strengths. Whether it was Isabel, Grace, Cole or Sam, each and every one of them was beautifully written. And none of them bored me to death. Which is a good thing.

= I really, really, fell in love with Cole St Clair. He is the best character in the whole book (don’t even try to change my mind). He’s suffered much. He’s definitely hurting inside. And still, he tries his best to make the people he cares about happy? Even though he doesn’t get anything in return? He deserves all the love there is on earth just for that. Also, can we stop for a minute and talk about that deer scene. It literally shattered my heart. It felt so true, so real, and it was so hard to read because of how greatly written it was. And it made me love him a little bit more.

= We also got to know Isabel a little bit more, and I’m not complaining at all. She’s funny, witty, brave, strong, and loving, even though she acts all tough and careless all the time. And I really liked how we got to see a peak of her family life. Her relationship with her parents isn’t a nice one, at all, but, again, she’s strong and powerful, and isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. We need more characters like her in YA, believe me.

Grace finally confronted her parents and we got to see her ferocious and more powerful side, and it felt good. Also, she isn’t feeling at her best throughout the whole book, and one thing I loved was that we got to see her getting through that thing that seemed to sicken her more and more with each chapter. It was really good, and it felt real (not stupid like injecting meningitis to someone ugh).

FOOD. Sandwiches, cupcakes, and MORE.

DISLIKES:

= I’m so sorry to say that I didn’t feel any connection at all neither with Grace nor Sam. They’re nice, they’re sweet, but that’s it. They let me down for this one. I was expecting so much more from them. I thought Sam was boring, repetitive, and the personality he had in Shiver just… Poof. disappeared. And Grace was immature. I mean, I get why she was mad at her parents, they didn’t care at all about her for 17 years. But also, why would you let a boy stay in your room every night and think it’s okay?? Think that when your parents learn about it, they’ll say “cool” and move on? Of COURSE they’re mad. Of COURSE you’re going to end up grounded. And guess what, you deserved it. UGH.

“His mouth tasted like wolf and salt” ok so are we not going to talk about how characters in this book love to kiss someone tasting like an animal??? It bothered me in the first book already, but this, this exact sentence, was too much for me. I just can’t anymore with that trend the characters in this book seem to have, to love kissing people smelling like an animal. It’s weird, it’s twisted, and it’s so not okay?

This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf, and a girl who became one.


What are you thoughts on this sequel?

BOOK REVIEW: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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Book: Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Rating: ★★★★ / 5

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Summary:
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Hope hurt more than the cold.

The first book I’ve ever read written by Maggie Stiefvater was The Raven Boys. And I absolutely loved it. I also absolutely loved The Scorpio Races. And, don’t get me wrong, I really, really liked this one. Proof is, I’ve given it 4 stars. But I was kind of let down. It didn’t feel as magical as the other ones. Probably because it was one of her firsts. I didn’t like the writing style as much, and I was expecting more. But, as usual with MS, I loved the story and how she adapted the whole werewolf thing!

It is possible to be in love with you just because of who you are.

LIKES:

= The story was so good?? I really loved what she did with the werewolves. For once, it wasn’t something cliché or badly-done, which I think is often the case with vampires or werewolves stories. No, it was really, really good, and I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to know more and more about the world she had created and how the characters reacted to all of it. Also, the atmosphere was ooooh amazing. I mean. WINTER. SNOW. HOT CHOCOLATES. SOFT FUR!!!

= The food in this book was fnbiazfnp everywhere. Just look at the quiche scene!! It took so many pages. But I’m oh so not complaining. I love food. Also, the chapter in which Grace and Sam go to their first date was mesmerizing to me. I could literally feel, see, smell, everything in the candy shop. And it got me hungry, so it means it was really well done, right?

= The characters:
Let’s start with Grace!! I don’t really know how I feel about her. She makes me so angry sometimes because of her relationship with her parents and the way she avoids confrontation and PLEASE just talk to them, but at the same time I thought she was really sweet and I liked how much she cared for Sam, and how much she tried to protect him no matter the costs.
Sam was so cute and I loved him so much. He seems like a really troubled guy, and I really can’t wait to know more about him.
Isabel was… probably the BEST character in the whole book. I’m literally in love with her personality and she deserves love and protection, please thank you.

DISLIKES:

Sam and Grace’s relationship really felt rushed and everything was too quick for me. Yes, they knew of each other for 6 years, but they didn’t know anything, really, about the other. They never talked before. It could’ve not been a match, you know. There’s a huge difference between having a crush on someone and speaking to that person, trust me I know, ha. So, yeah. This was a “no-oh” for me.

= There was sh*tty science at the end that I just couldn’t read without rolling my eyes and screaming at all of them. It wasn’t smart, it wasn’t even a good idea, it was just stupid stupid stupid.

= I’m also really weirded out by the fact that Grace fell in love with a wolf. Like, to her, it was literally just a wolf, and she kept on thinking about him. Eek.

Books are more real when you read them outside.


What do you think of M. Stiefvater’s books? Do you like her writing style?

BOOK REVIEW: Morning Star by Pierce Brown

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Book: Morning Star (Red Rising #3)
Author: Pierce Brown

Publisher: Hachette

Rating: ★★★★★ / 5

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Summary:
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.
Finally, the time has come.
But devotion to honour and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump. A poor friend pushes him from behind.” He looks up at me. “A good friend jumps with.

Okay. Okay. This was so amazing. Oh my. I’m breathless? Like, what an end. Every page was so damn amazing. I can’t wait to read Iron Gold, just because this series is so good and makes me feel so happy.

Forget a man’s name and he’ll forgive you. Remember it, and he’ll defend you forever.

LIKES:

= Characters:
Cassius is one of the most precious human beings in this series, even though I have a hard time standing him, to be honest. BUT what’s great about him is he always does everything to protect what he believes in. Yes, some things are huge mistakes. But also, everybody’s letting him down?? He’s just trying to do what’s right in his mind. Give this boy a break.
Sevro is like SO funny I’m laughing so much every time he has a line. Also, nobody wants to hear him, never, and that’s??? probably how I would’ve reacted as well with a “SEVRO NO shut up.” lmao. Also, in this book, we get to know more about his feelings and his personality and everything. And that was so heart-warming and I would’ve loved to know it before. BUT that makes his character development even better.
Darrow is still really precious. He always cares about all of his friends, even if they made a mistake, he never stops believing in them, he gives them a second chance even though everybody tells him not to, just because he believes in them, and that’s such a nice and amazing thing. He also makes stupid decisions, and that’s okay?? We all make mistakes and it’s not something to be ashamed of. It makes you stronger. More powerful.
I also really liked Mustang, even though her little joke at the end didn’t do it for me, like, at all. I seem to like her more after each book?? She’s so strong and she’s a real queen.
All in all, all these characters are incredibly developed and have their own weaknesses and strengths. They’re all really different and I loved reading about all of them. Pierce Brown never puts one aside and I just love it!

= There really was a lot of violence and the war seemed more real than ever. And that brought so much to this book! Battles, blood feuds, revenge, murders, torture, decapitation, PLOT TWISTS. That was so intense. But there was also lots of sweet and tender moments between the characters?? Like, wow, such a contrast.

= I’m still a huge fan of how Pierce Brown writes about space. It’s not boring. It’s not glamoured. It’s just really, really interesting, and I could read about it for hours at a time, just because.

DISLIKES:

Darrow’s torture seemed like a joke to me. I mean, he spent 9 months in a box under a table and he doesn’t have that many after-effects? He just kind of brushes it off and keeps fighting. Well. How can you not be claustrophobic after that??

= There’s a moment in the book (won’t tell when, because spoilers) where Darrow feels a certain way, and we know it because it’s written in 1st person. A few pages after that moment, we find out it was staged. Only thing is: if it was staged, why did Darrow feel that way? We definitely should’ve known it was fake from the beginning, because, since we’re in 1st person, we’re supposed to know ALL of his thoughts at a given time. And the fact that we didn’t make me feel so angry. It’s cheating. It’s not fair. And I didn’t like it at all.

The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.


What were your thoughts on this book? Tell me!