BOOK REVIEW: Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary

Page Count: 368 pages

Publication Date: 11th July 2017

 

Goodreads summary:

A Prep School Girl with a Hollywood Dream

Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying.

Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can’t land an agent, she’s running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill?

Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she’ll learn there’s more than one way to achieve her dream.
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BOOK REVIEW: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Mental Health

Page Count: 388 pages

Publication Date: January 2015

 

Goodreads summary:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary / Romance

Page Count: 459 pages

Publication Date: September 2013

 

Goodreads summary:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible. Continue reading

Book Review: The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder

The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder

Genre: Fiction / Philosophy

Page Count: 151 pages

Publication Date: July 2003

 

Goodreads Summary:

‘My father died eleven years ago. I was only four then. I never thought I’d hear from him again, but now we’re writing a book together’

To Georg Røed, his father is no more than a shadow, a distant memory. But then one day his grandmother discovers some pages stuffed into the lining of an old red pushchair. The pages are a letter to Georg, written just before his father died, and a story, ‘The Orange Girl’. Continue reading

Book Review: Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult / Graphic Novel

Page Count: 240 pages

Publication Date: January 2017

 

Goodreads Summary:

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. Continue reading

Spoiler-Free Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Page Count: 699 pages

Publication Date: May 2017

 

Goodreads Summary:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides? Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: This Savage Song

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

 

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Page Count: 427 pages

Publication Date: June 2016

 

Goodreads Summary:

There’s no such thing as safe. This Savage Song

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which? Continue reading

Join me for a 24 hour Readathon! 

As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this post, I’m doing my very first 24 hour Readathon, and best of all YOU’RE INVITED!

The only “rule” I’m following here is that the challenge lasts for a period of 24 hours. That’s it.

Now, because I’m such a slow reader I probably won’t be able to finish more than 1 or 2 books. But who cares, right?

The important thing here is to read and have fun while doing it. So, I’ll try to pick short, fun books and get a pile of snacks ready to go.

The 24 hour Readathon will take place next Saturday (3rd June) at midnight (which is technically Sunday morning but whatever), and  will end on Sunday night at 11:59pm.

I’m not sure what I’ll be reading yet. Here’s a shot of my TBR shelf, what would you recommend? (I’m dying to read Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, but it might be a bit too long for a Readathon).


So, who’s with me?

Let me know in the comment section if you are thinking of joining me in my very first Readathon.

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 352 pages

Publication Date: June 2011

 

Goodreads summary:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. Continue reading

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Contemporary / Young Adult

Page Count: 310 pages

Publication Date: September 2015

 

Goodreads Summary:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Continue reading