Book Review, YA Contemporary Fiction, ya romance

Book Review | TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1), by Jenny Han

Publish Date: April 15, 2014
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 369
Genre: YA Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

My Review:

So, I’ve had this one sitting in my ereader for a couple of years now, and never felt like the right mood for it. But with the movie coming out on Netflix and seeing the trailer and all the posts about it on social media, the cuteness overload made me crave reading it to no end so of course I finally caved (despite having like four other books already in my currently-reading pile). This was fast-paced, funny and cute, with so much realness to it that I felt like the characters could easily walk off the page and into my life.  Continue reading “Book Review | TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, by Jenny Han”

Book Review, YA Contemporary Fiction

Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi

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Emergency Contactby Mary H. K. Choi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher as a Barnes & Noble Bookseller in return for an honest review.**


For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

My Review:

I had been hearing about this book all over the internet for a while before we received the ARC at work, and immediately snatched it up. It sounded like it was going to be a cute romance that is perfect for our modern age and I was eager to see what it was about. And while I wouldn’t say it was a “cute” romance, it was certainly an entertaining read with great characters and writing that kept me engaged. Continue reading “Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi”

Book Review, ya fantasy

Book Review | THE POTION DIARIES, by Amy Alward

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The Potion Diaries (Potion #1), by Amy Alward

Publish Date: July 2, 2015
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?

And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news. 

No big deal, then.

My Review:

I came across this book by happenstance at my workplace and was instantly intrigued. It sounded like it would be cute and romantic with an intriguing fantasy world and plot. And while the story easily drew me in, I was not completely enthralled with the writing itself, and the romance was definitely lacking. Continue reading “Book Review | THE POTION DIARIES, by Amy Alward”