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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Shuffle, Repeat,” by Jen Klein

4/5 stars

This was a beautiful book with an amazing story. I think it has DUFF and Easy A vibes. I enjoyed reading this book a lot, more than I expected, and this is my first book by this author and I’m very satisfied with it.

26067503This book follows the story of June and Oliver. June’s mom and Oliver’s mom arrange for both of them to ride together to school. June doesn’t like this arrangement, but there’s nothing she can do about it. June and Oliver know each other, or knew each other–but then they grew up, and high school happened. June believes that High School traditions are stupid and can’t wait to go to college to leave all of that stupidity behind. Oliver, on the other hand, believes that high school is all there is and that you need to make your high school years the best because you will remember them forever.

Since they have different opinions about high school, they argue most of the time, and to pass the time they listen to music on their way over to the school, hence the title. This story is full of fun, humor, lies, friendship, and future. I would recommend this story to anyone who’s having conflicting feelings about high school or college, and how two strangers can overcome anything, and find the truth in their hearts. 14 and up could read this. Enjoy!

 

 

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Flame in the Mist,” by Renée Ahdieh

4.5/5 Stars

I’m really impressed by how this book turned out to be. I put it off for a while because I was afraid it would not meet my expectations. But who was I kidding? Renee is one of the best of authors when it comes to YA fantasy. The amount of research and love she puts into her books shows throughout her story, and it is so impressive to read. This is a Mulan retelling23308087, and our main character, Mariko, is such a strong resemblance in terms of personality. She’s stubborn, loyal, witty and opinionated. Okami is stubborn as well, and If I’m being honest, both of them were alike, in a lot of ways.

Yes, many of the names are confusing AF, (she does have a glossary at the end of the book though), and half of the time I didn’t know what the hell what’s going on–but pay attention to the little details because they might surprise you in the end. The book was written in the third person and there are many points of view that might seem insignificant to you, but that will make sense in the end.

I loved this story, Renee is such an amazing author, and the story line and plot twist and character development were so good. I never once got bored reading this story. Well, everyone once in a while I would because of the little snippets of other characters POV, which I didn’t realize its importance until the end of the book, hence me warning you above to pay attention to the minor details so they don’t surprise you.

 

 

 

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “When It’s Real,” by Erin Watt

3.5/5 stars

I did not like this story as much as I thought I was going to. First of all, the plot and story line are all wrong. The author decided to focus on the least important thing to develop the story. Second, the language of the book, the way the author wrote the characters was awful. I don’t know how old she is, but I don’t think she’s young enough to understand teen’s lingo these days. The way she wrote this story made it seem like she has two teenage children and she overheard them talk and then copied their conversation into the pages. I’m not even joking, some of the conversation between characters are so bad, that they made me cringe, and not in a good way.

She also writes without sentiment, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. But in this case, it felt like a bad thing. When you read her books, she doesn’t compare the characters emotion with anything. When she’s having the characters talk to each other, you don’t feel like their genuine because she focuses more on the physical part of the conversation instead of the emotional. When I’m reading a book, I want to make sure I feel what the character is saying and thinking. It’s a book, it’s supposed to 30731416make me feel their emotions. I don’t want to know that someone turns barely to the side, and she was talking. If I wanted that I would watch a movie.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think is bad that she went this route with her book, and I know some of you even appreciate it because she doesn’t get as poetical as the other authors. But when you read this book, you learn to appreciate the second-hand opinion that characters when describing things, people, or feelings–because you have a base of comparison, and as readers, it helps us a lot to understand what the character is going through.

I felt like there were so many things that she could have addressed in this, and others that honestly, she did not need to mention. Like, for example, Erin did not fully develop the actual emotions that Vaughn could have been feeling towards her parents. She could have gotten more into depth for that aspect. Also, she could have addressed Oakley’s relationship with his parents a little bit better. Oak has a strained relationship with his parents but it was also a great point to focus on for part of the story, instead of him going to stupid clubs for stupid reasons. Like, that was not as important as to solve his parents’ mystery.

The story itself had a lot of potentials, and if she would have gotten a different route with her plot twist, the book could have been way better. Something else that I didn’t like was how stupid the plot line was, I don’t want to give anything away, but I felt like there were more things that she could have made their “breaking point.” And she should have brought that plot twist part, (you know, the part where-everything-goes-wrong-before-it-gets-right part), sooner. She literally did it at the end, and not the middle end, but like a few pages from the end, giving us little to no space to wonder for the what if, or even the epilogue.

 

 

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Lucky In Love,” by Kasie West

4.5/5  stars

Kasie never disappoints! Another adorable read in check for her! I always love reading her books because I know what I’m getting into and I love her so much because of it! When you read books by Kasie West your heart gets all fluffy and your cheeks grow warm, and your life feels lighter. Everything changes for you!

For this particular book, West brings the narrated story of Madeleine and how her life changes when she wins the lottery. I’m not going to lie though, I love West, but this book wasn’t as good as I was expecting. And it pains me to say this because I do love her as an author, and don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed the book, (I mean I finished this story in 4 hours, her book are always super easy to read), but there was something about Madeleine that bothered me a lot.

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She is a very smart girl, she knows that the only way she can get into college is if she works her butt off at school so that she can get a full scholarship. However, things start changing once she won the lottery. She herself, didn’t start changing, but all of the sudden she started gaining attention, and well, she did make super stupid decisions that made me think if indeed she was smart, albeit her 4.25 GPA. I have to agree with what her friend said about her being too trusting. She was incredibly too trusting, and that’s what bothered me the most.

Her parents also kept fighting between them, instead of being there for their daughter, helping her figure out what to do with all this money. She had one friend wink who was super sweet and treated her like normal. And I guess she always could count on him for her problems, which was adorable!

Kasie does know what she’s writing about though because even though Madeleine’s naivety did annoy me, West managed to keep my interest. I would definitely recommend if you’ve read books by Morgan Matson, Jennifer E. Smith, or Jenna Evans Welch.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “The Star-Touched Queen” by Roshani Chokshi

This book was a challenge for me, it was a slow read for me, and considering on how I can read a b25203675ook in two days or less, this one took me a while. Princess Mayavati is a really a complicated character, the story line is so complicated, and I didn’t understand most of it. It took me three days to get through the first 100 pages. But after that, the book did pick up, and honestly enough, it has sort of the same story line as “WiNTERSONG,” by S. Jae-Jones, where the main character gets married and then the rest of the story is a fight for her marriage.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. Amar was a distant character as well, I’m telling you strong Wintersong vibes. Throughout the whole book, I couldn’t get to actually know him. Was he, in the end, a demon or not? No wonder Maya did what she did to him in the almost end of the story, he wasn’t honest with her. After she gets her memories back, things become more complicated, and then Nritti was a complicated af character. I didn’t understand her at all. Now, Gauri is interesting, I want to see her in the next book, I feel that she’s going to end up with the kid that turned out to be king, and that excites me.

Non-Spoiler Book Review – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

4.5/5 stars.

My video review :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdYRrsLGBgI17838528

This was a really pretty book. I really enjoyed reading it. I think is the perfect read for the summer and if you enjoyed “[book:Since You’ve Been Gone|18189606]” by Morgan Matson, you are definitely going to love this one.

In this story Morgan brings Andie, who we could say is a normal girl, besides the fact that her father is a congressman, and her life revolves around politics, she has a pretty normal life. She had everything planned out for her summer, an important internship that was crucial for her resume, because she wants to become a doctor, and well, the internship is or young aspirants.
But since a scandal on her father’s office goes down, her internship gets revoked, and well, she gets to spend the summer with 3 of her best friends and has practically the best summer of her life.

There’s a lot of Father/daughter relationship going on this book. Since her father was always working and always on the office, she actually never got to be with him. Now that her dad is the house because of the scandal, they get to see each other which is really awkward to say the least. But after talking and actually getting to know each other their relationship improves, and everything is okay.

Andie is not much of an open book when it comes to boys. She usually lasts 3 weeks with them and then lets them be. That’s until Clark comes in. He’s a cute nerd, just like the rest of us. He gets to break through her barriers and they actually get to have a beautiful relationship.

I actually recommend this book from ages 14 and up. If you are looking for a beautiful contemporary teen fiction/romance to read than this is the perfect book to read, especially since summer is coming up!!!

Non-Spoiler Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

5/5 Stars

“Because I bet you could get into some interesting position with those wings…”

ACOMAF follows the story of Feyre, a young huntress who has faced many challenges on
the first book of this trilogy, “ACOTAR” that changed her whole life.

This book shows Feyre’s transition between her human life to her high fae life, and how broken she really is because of the sacrifices she had to make to save the people she loved. Since she became high fae, Tamlin has brought her to the Spring Court, and she’s suffocating. The pressure of being the high lady of the spring court, the pressure of having to portray an17927395 image, of everyone expecting something from her, wanting her to be someone she’s not is too much for her to take in. In her desperate moments, she asks for anyone to come and help her. That’s where Rhysand comes in.

I love the work that Sarah did with this book. The actual copy is 624 pages long–so this is a book that would keep you entertain during a couple of days–or if you are like me, probably one long night. I did love that she made ACOMAF this long because it gives us time to actually understand the story, and it gave Maas the opportunity to write and explain everything really well. All of the information written on this book is crucial for the bone of the story, I think she did a great job on developing the other side characters. New characters that we get to meet in this that weren’t in the first one–details that make us fall a little more in love with this book.

Romance wise this book is way more heated than ACOTAR, there’s a lot of steam going on on this book guys, but it is just for the best! I like how Sarah doesn’t sugar coat this scenes with cotton candy, because in the end Feyre is 20, and well, she can do whatever she wants. I would recommend it to readers 17 years old or older; however, if you are younger just make sure to keep an open mind.

On characters perspective, I love how Sarah wrote about them, they are powerful characters, and we get to see more from Feyre’s sisters. And we even get to see this other side of Rhysand, a side that we didn’t get to discover on A Court of Thorns and Roses, a side we didn’t even knew he had. Rhysand’s new personality on this book just made me fall in love with the book a little bit more.

Overall I give this book 5/5 stars because Sarah is an amazing writer, and this book is really well developed. It follows everything smoothly and nothing is too complicated to understand. If you haven’t this series, then please do. Is long overdue!

If you guys want to see my video review of this book then click here.