Book Review

Book Review | AGAIN, BUT BETTER, by Christine Riccio

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Again, but Better, by Christine Riccio

Publish Date: May 7, 2019
Published by: Wednesday Books
Length: 373 pages
Genre: YA Fiction (with a little bit of fantasy)
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? 

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! 

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. 

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.


My Review:

This is one of those books that takes my own what-ifs and brings them into a reality I could only fantasize about. Going into this book, I was hopeful but hesitant. I have not followed Christine Riccio on any social media platform, but I knew she was popular from seeing her name a lot. So when I saw that she was getting a book published I was trying not to expect too much. The premise sounded interesting, to be sure, especially since I too have a lot of regrets about college and decisions I made that I wish I could go back and do again, so I was immediately intrigued when I first read the description. And surprisingly, by the end of the book, I could not stop smiling like a drunken idiot. Continue reading “Book Review | AGAIN, BUT BETTER, by Christine Riccio”

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Book Review | GEEKERELLA, by Ashley Poston

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Geekerella (Once Upon a Con #1), by Ashley Poston

Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Published by: Quirk Books
Length: 320 pages
Genre: YA Romance/Contemporary/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfieldmovie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.


My Review:

Holy cuteness overload, Batman!! I can’t believe I bought this book when it first came out and didn’t pick it up until now! This was positively one of the cutest/heart warming books I have read and it honestly left me with such a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. It was touching, emotional, gleeful, and full of such delightful little moments that it had me hooked almost from the start. Continue reading “Book Review | GEEKERELLA, by Ashley Poston”

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Book Review | ADORKABLE, by Cookie O’Gorman

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Adorkableby Cookie O’Gorman

Publish Date: September 20, 2016
Published by: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 332
Genre: YA Contemporary/YA Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz. 

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take. 

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast. 

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal–even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties. 

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life–and he’s completely clueless. 

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question: 

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun? 


My Review:

I am going to say right off the bat that I have some mixed feelings about this book. Story and plot-wise, it was very cute and engaging, kept me interested and unable to put it down, moved quickly and decently, and had lots of fun exciting moments as well as some emotional ones. However, some things felt frustrating, the characters especially, and some key symbols/metaphors in the plot. Continue reading “Book Review | ADORKABLE, by Cookie O’Gorman”

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Book Review | STAY SWEET, by Siobhan Vivian

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Stay Sweetby Siobhan Vivian

Publish Date: April 14, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Fiction/Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…


My Review:

I picked this up on a whim because I decided I wanted a cute fun summer read to get me in the mood for the season. I thought this book was going to put a smile on my face, and while it did, there were some ups and downs getting there. Continue reading “Book Review | STAY SWEET, by Siobhan Vivian”

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Book Review | LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, by Becky Albertalli

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Leah on the Offbeatby L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: April 24, 2018
Published by: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Pages: 343
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


My Review:

After reading and loving both Simon vs. and The Upside of Unrequited, I knew without a doubt that I had to read the latest book by Becky Albertalli. And from the start I was swept into the story. She gives her characters such clear voices – they are so realistic and down-to-earth that it is easy to relate to them in many ways.  Continue reading “Book Review | LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, by Becky Albertalli”

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Book Review | THE SUPERVILLIAN AND ME, by Danielle Banas

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The Supervillain and Meby Danielle Banas

Publish Date: July 10, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy/Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Never trust a guy in spandex.

In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.

That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.

After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.


My Review:

I honestly did not intend to read this book so soon, considering it doesn’t come out until July, but for some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about it and so I picked it up to see if reading the first chapter would satisfy my craving for a bit. It ended up sucking me in instead and somehow I couldn’t put it down. And while the story is very entertaining and easy to follow, it does lack in some areas and could have used more depth. Continue reading “Book Review | THE SUPERVILLIAN AND ME, by Danielle Banas”