ARC Review: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman | Blog Tour

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman | ARC Book Review | Blog Tour | Giveaway
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman | ARC Book Review | Blog Tour | Giveaway

Title: You Asked For Perfect

Author: Laura Silverman

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Published Date: March 5th, 2019

Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, YA, LGBTQIA

Source: NetGalley, Publisher, FFBC tours

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except for adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

My Review:

Ariel is a senior in high school whose main goal for the past four years has been to get into Harvard. He has taken as many classes as possible, dropped a sport he loved and pushed himself harder to get the best grades and to be the best academically. He’s mostly accomplished that and why he knows he’s almost reached his dream he also knows that this last year of school means more than the others combined. He has to keep his grades up and pack in as many AP classes as possible in order to make class valedictorian and make his application for Harvard standout.

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Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Book Review

Title: Little White Lies

Series: Debutantes

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publisher: Freeform

Published Date: November 6th, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, YA

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 400

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

“I’m not saying this is Sawyer’s fault,” the prim and proper one said delicately. “But.”

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

My Review:

“This isn’t a fairy tale… This is a revenge story, and it’s going to be epic.”

That this story is. Little White Lies is exactly the book I wanted to start my 2019 finishing. It had mystery, friendships, families and a ton of secrets.

Sawyer Taft is used to having to take care of herself and her mom since she was a child. Because of this when her grandma Lillian offers her the chance of a lifetime for just 9 months of her life she takes it. What she doesn’t expect to happen during these months is for her life to change completely and to finally get answers to questions her mom has always avoided.

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Guest Post | Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith | Book Tour | Giveaway

Match Me If You Can
Tiana Smith
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 8th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

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Author Bio:

Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Wild West of Montana. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.

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Favorite Things from Writing Match Me If You Can

Ask almost any writer and they’ll probably tell you that they can’t not write. They have to do it. Writing Match Me If You Can was a lot like that. The words poured out of me and I had to get them down on paper.

There were so many flirty scenes. And I loooove writing flirty scenes. Almost kisses (and actual kisses) are my favorite, so I had so many fun moments to explore in this book. Plus, my book is a rom-com, which meant I got to do a lot of embarrassing scenes where my characters were put in awkward situations, and those are always a blast to write. I mean, come on, embarrassing my characters is like a personal hobby of mine, and sometimes my main character Mia made it so easy…

Perhaps my favorite character to write was Logan. He’s a lot like my husband, believe it or not, so I felt like I got to capture a part of him and put it in writing. Logan has some of the best lines in the book, some of which I stole directly from my husband when he and I were dating. (Don’t worry, he knows, and he’s okay with it.) Logan is a smooth-talking flirt, so it was fun to get inside his head and think of how he’d react to a situation.

While I loved writing Logan, Mia is a lot more like me, so slipping into her emotions was easy. Her and Robyn are probably the characters I found the easiest to write. My publisher actually had me add more scenes with Robyn because they liked her so much, and I have to agree, Robyn has this snarky low-key kind of humor that you can’t help but relate to.

But even with all that said, I think my absolute most favorite thing about Match Me If You Can is the relationship between Mia and Logan. Put those two together and magic happens.

I hope you’ll agree! If you read the book, I hope you’ll love the fluffy romance and the funny interactions between all the characters. I had so much fun writing it and can’t wait to share it with the world.

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Book Tour | You Won’t See Me Coming by Kristen Orlando | Book Review | Giveaway

You Won’t See Me Coming
Kristen Orlando
(The Black Angel Chronicles #3)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 8th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult

After finally taking down Torres, her mother’s merciless killer, Reagan and Luke have two targets on their backs and are forced into hiding. With new names, looks, and cover stories, they’re living quiet, “safe” lives, but revenge comes at a steep price. Reagan’s actions continue to haunt the pair and put the people they love in danger.

When Reagan discovers her best friend Harper is on the verge of being kidnapped, she and Luke defy Black Angel orders and risk blowing their cover to save their friend. After the rescue attempt goes wrong, the three friends must go on the run with an army of assassins hot on their trail and the list of trust-worthy Black Angels getting smaller and smaller. Will they make it out alive? And at what cost?

Fast-paced and suspenseful, this is the explosive finale of Kristen Orlando’s Black Angel Chronicles series.

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Author Bio:

Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.

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My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Thank you to XpressoBookTours, Netgalley and Swoon Reads for a free copy.

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Going into You Won’t See Me Coming I was extremely nervous. It’s the end of one of my favorite trilogies that never left me disappointed which is some pretty big shoes to fill for the final. I can gladly say though that this book did not disappoint for the most part and It had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book.

You Won’t See Me Coming starts a little while after You Won’t Know I’m Gone ended. We see the fallout that happened from the choices that Reagan made and how they have affected the people she loves most.

“You know how some people have the golden touch? I have the poison touch. Everything I do turns bad.”

That quote is very true when it comes to most of this book it seems. It’s easy to see how Reagan feels that way when you consider everything that has happened to her in the past year. She’s lost so much and is still dealing with what see saw and made happen in South America. This is also why I’ve loved this series so much, not everything is happy go lucky or oh this bad thing happened but everyone is still okay. Instead we get reality which is some people end up broken because of what they saw and things aren’t instantly forgiven. Reagan has a lot to make up for in this book and while she doesn’t realize it right away she does know what she needs to do.

“She said I wasn’t meant to be happy. I was meant to change the world.”

Luke is still very present in this book, besides Reagan’s dad he is the one current constant in her life and I think the only thing keeping her from completely losing it in the beginning. No, things aren’t perfect between them and it shows, it’s more realistic for a change in real relationships and that’s why I actually truly do like them as a couple.

“I’ve been trained my entire life to maybe die one day for someone else.”

In this book, we also get to see some characters we knew in You Don’t Know My Name. Harper was Reagan’s best friend and when it becomes obvious that she’s in danger Reagan takes things into her own hands again with Lukes help. This sets of a chain of events that really brings the whole trilogy together, by tying up the loose ends that were left from the previous two books. 

“Torture of the heart is far worse than torture of the body.”

It lead to some of the most heart-stopping moments of the whole trilogy. I didn’t want to stop reading and I truly couldn’t read fast enough at some points because of what was happening. Orlando did an amazing job of keeping the heart-stopping moments coming while also giving you little reprieves where you could try and figure out with Reagan how they were going to get out of the situation.

Overall You Won’t See Me Coming was the perfect ending to one of my all-time favorite trilogies. I’m going to miss Reagan and Luke so much. I truly do love spy novels and this one was my favorite YA one I’ve ever read. I’m sad to see the trilogy end because I’m going to miss the characters, but I’m also very happy with how everything was wrapped up.

I now leave you with my favorite quote from this book:

“I find it kind of unnerving that this man has anything resembling a normal life down here. Like, it’d be less disturbing to me if this basement was filled with trophies from murder victims and machetes.”

Previous Books:

  1. You Don’t Know My Name
  2. You Won’t Know I’m Gone

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Blog Tour | Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill | Book Review

Blog Tour | Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill | Book Review | Giveaway
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Title: Within These Lines

Author: Stephanie Morrill

Publisher: Blink

Published Date: March 5th, 2019

Genre: Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher/ Fantastic Flying Book Club

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family in 1941 is everything it “should be” until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to an internment camp.

Degrading treatment make life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection to the outside world are treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out on behalf of all Japanese Americans, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.

With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their values and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.

My Review:

Within These Lines is a fictional story of a very real dark time in American History. After Pearl Harbor Japanese American’s who lived on the coast were sent to camps. Propaganda was put out that made it seem like these camps were nice when in all actuality they weren’t well constructed and never had enough supplies. The government truly was not prepared for the number of people that were put in the camps nor did it seem like they cared.
Within These Lines follows two characters (Evalina and Taichi) and we see the story unfold from both of their pov’s. Taichi is a Japanese-American whose family is respectable farmers, and Evalina is an Italian American whose family owns a restaurant. The two have fallen for each other in a time when interracial relationships were not well thought of an illegal in most states. With Taichi being sent away and Evalina being left on her own to deal with the racial tension at home what happens next will change their lives forever.
Overall I really loved Within These Lines. Evalina was such a fearless character that was also scared and realistic and followed as many rules as possible. I want more characters like Evalina who are real and have flaws and ambitions and stand up for what they believe in. Besides her relationship with Taichi and how it made her be an activist for the Japanese community in a way, she also fought for a place at her university to work in law. We see her deal with the prejudice that came with that and how she had to learn to curb her opinions on things in papers.
Taichi is forced to live in the camps with his family and is dealing with the problems of camp life. Within These Lines really touches on some of the less talked about parts with the Japanese-Americans turning against each other in the camp and feeling like the others were spying on them. This is something I haven’t seen talked about before in a book that focuses on the Japanese camps. I also really liked how it showed an interracial relationship and the repercussions that came with that.
Together Taichi and Evalina were such a nice couple, they truly cared for one another and the relationship was fairly realistic for the time period in my opinion when it came to them dealing with being out in public and how their parents dealt with it.

I also liked how they each had different side characters and these were very detailed relationships and weren’t just fillers. You could tell they really cared for each of their friends and wanted them to be a part of their lives even if they didn’t always agree with them.

You can tell Morril really did her research when it came to this book and she was very honest in her authors note in how she did change a few details in order to better share Taichi and Evalina’s story.

I really want to go and read Morrill’s book from last year Lost Girl of Astor Street even more now after having read this one.


Stephanie Morrill

Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children. You can connect with Stephanie and learn more about her books at StephanieMorrill.comInstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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That Artsy Reader Girl – Welcome Interview

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Book-Keeping – Book ReviewThe Reading Corner for All – Book Review, Favorite Quotes, & Book Aesthetic

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Confessions of a YA Reader – Author Guest PostPhannie the Ginger Bookworm – Book Review + Favorite QuotesReading With Wrin – Book Review + Favorite Quotes

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Cheyenne Reads – Author Q&A + Book ReviewYoung Adult Media Consumer – Book ReviewFangirl Fury – Book Review + Favorite Quotes

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Absolute Bookishness – Book ReviewAdventures and Reading – Book Review

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Bloggin’ ’bout Books – Book ReviewRhythmicbooktrovert – Book Review + Favorite Quotes
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Disappear In Ink – Book Review + Favorite QuotesBookish_Kali – Book Review + Favorite Quotes

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle | Book Review

7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Title: 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Published Date: September 18th, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Source: Library

Goodreads Summary:

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

My Review

“We are never more ourselves than when we think people aren’t watching.”

Aiden Bishop spends 8 days in 8 different bodies and must solve the mystery of who kills Evelyn Hardcastle. The 8 days are filled with a gala party, secrets, and lots of drama. One person dies every single night, and it is up to Aiden to not only figure out who kills her, but why, and how he can stop it.

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Blog Tour | Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu | ARC Book Review

Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu | ARC Book Review | Blog Tour

Title: The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

Author: Kim Fu

Published Date: February 15th, 2019

Publisher: Legend Press

Genre: Mystery

Source: Legend Press

Rating:  ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary:

A group of young girls descends on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces these five girls—Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan—through and beyond this fateful trip. We see them through successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks; we see what it means to find, and define, oneself, and the ways in which the same experience is refracted through different people. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves—and the pasts we can’t escape.

My Review:

Thank you to Legend Press for the free review copy in exchange for my honest review.

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A Group of young girls is suddenly left to their own devices on a kayaking trip after a tragedy happens. With them far away from their original destination and no idea how to get home they most depend on one another to get out alive. Told in multiple different perspectives and age ranges we get to see what they went through during those days lost at camp, and how it affects their lives forever.

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We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet | Book Review

Title: We Must Be Brave

Author: Frances Liardet

Publisher: G.P. Putnam and Sons

Published Date: February 26th, 2019

Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII, Adult

Page Count: 464

Format: ebook

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 

Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself.

One woman. One little girl. The war that changed everything.

December 1940. In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus. No one knows who little Pamela is.

Ellen professed not to want children with her older husband, and when she takes Pamela into her home and rapidly into her heart, she discovers that this is true: Ellen doesn’t want children. She wants only Pamela. Three golden years pass as the Second World War rages on. Then one day Pamela is taken away, screaming. Ellen is no stranger to sorrow, but when she returns to the quiet village life she’s long lived, she finds herself asking: In a world changed by war, is it fair to wish for an unchanged heart?

 My Review:

Thank you to Edelweiss and G.P. Putnam and Sons for the e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

We Must Be Brave follows Ellen’s life through the years before WWII and the years after it with the main focus being during the war.
We see Ellen and Selwyn (her husband), and how they were able to keep their mill going, and helped take care of refugee children that they were put in charge of. The main focus of Ellen’s life throughout this time as well is the child she finds on the bus named Pamela. They get left in charge of the child after no family is found, this causes Ellen to remember things from her childhood. While she is remembering and telling her husband about it we also get to see how they met and the things that led to their marriage being the way it is. I had never heard the term used that it was described to Ellen as. I’m glad it was mentioned and talked about, without it being taboo or something Selwyn refused to tell Ellen about.
The many side-characters we get to meet and interact with I loved as well. Her best friend Lucy I really liked and I loved how she made sure to keep their friendship despite them living very different lives. I also loved her friendship with Elizabeth and how they were more like friends rather than employee and employer.

Overall I really liked this book. Ellen was a lovable character, and her story is one that we don’t get to see often. We get to see so many different parts of life in England through her eyes. I found it fascinating to see a side of having taken the children in during this time and one that I had always wondered about. We see the heartbreaking reality of getting attached to this child and raising her as your own for three years and then suddenly having the situation change and the child having to leave. It’s something that was absolutely heartbreaking to read, but one that I also couldn’t stop reading because of how well written it was. The feelings and emotions that Pamela felt were so real and heartbreaking. Liardet deals with a side of the war that is skipped over to the part where the child is just happy with their new family. While we don’t really get to see things through Pamela’s eyes, we do see them through Ellen’s how she was able to help Pamela deal with what had happened and try to do what was best for her. While this was heartbreaking towards the ends it was one that I am so happy she went with because it just made this book feel all the more real to me.
I hope to read more of Liardets work in the future as she is able to write in a way that you can feel the emotions as well as being able to see the surroundings.

29 Dates by Melissa De La Cruz | Book Review

29 Dates by Melissa De La Cruz | Book Review

Title: 29 Dates

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Published Date: December 18th, 2018

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Realistic Fiction

Format: Kindle

Source: Overdrive/Library

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

How many dates will it take to find The One

Jisu’s traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul’s premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Jisu’s success, and going on the recommended dates is Jisu’s compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private school in San Francisco. Where she’ll have the opportunity to shine academically—and be set up on more dates!

Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Jisu finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Jisu into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One isn’t parent and matchmaker approved?

My Review:

“At the end of the day, Jisu was her parents’ puppet. She would give them a 4.0 GPA, she would faithfully attend all the seons and settle for the least offensive date, and she would live the life that they picked out for her. If this was her destiny no matter what, what was the point in being the good girl when she was thousands of miles from home?”

29 Dates is about Jisu who is a Korean high school in her senior year. With her parents pushing for her to get into a good college, she is feeling the pressure and its all made worse by her not knowing what she wants to study while everyone around her seems to know what they want to do.

When she is sent to San Francisco to have a better chance at an Ivy league she is now forced to live with a host family, away from everything she’s ever known just to please her parents. Her parents are also insisting that she go on dates set up by a matchmaker. The problem is Jisu doesn’t like these dates, in fact, she hates them but does them to please her parents. She tries to be the good daughter and please her parents, she gets as good of grades as she can but they never seem to be enough, and she just wants to have fun and enjoy her last year of high school without all the pressure about college and all the stress that comes with that.

“you’re allowed to have a life outside of school. You’re allowed to have interests outside of your fifteen-year plan. You know that, right? “

The majority of this book is spent in America with Jisu learning to navigate American culture. Which means figuring out what is considered dating and what is just being friends and lines get blurred and she is extremely confused and stress about all of it. Jisu also has an American host family who is nice but also is very different from what she is used to. While we don’t get to see the host family much what we do get to see shows them as a nice family who is very kind to Jisu and tries to make her feel comfortable and apart of the family.

“The biggest tragedy will be if you find yourself years into a job that you don’t even want. At the end of the day, all of us want the same thing for you. We want you to be happy.”

I loved all of the side characters we get to meet along the way. Jisu makes some really great friends in America and she had some pretty amazing best friends in Korea as well. I loved how they kept in touch and really were present throughout the majority of the book. I especially loved Jisu’s grandfather and how supportive he was of her decisions and passions. He truly supports her and I loved their heart to hearts.

“My generation—before the war and even during it—we sought out what we wanted. We went into the world and made of it what we could. “

Overall I really liked and enjoyed this story. It’s fun and light-hearted while also touching on the extreme pressure that high schoolers are put under to get into a good college. It’s something that so many across multiple countries are dealing with and it’s something that is not okay. Nobody should be working themselves as hard as we all are anymore, just to get into a certain school or have all the right credentials to impress an Ivy league while hating the whole process. It’s something that I’m really glad is being touched on and talked about in young adult books. One of my favorite parts of this book was the little excerpts from Jisu dates where we get to see some hilarious moments. I absolutely loved them and I could have read a whole book of just the date portions as I know some of them had to be extremely awkward.

“I decided a long time ago that I could please my family as best as I can, but I still need to be happy.”

Jisu relationship with her host families daughter was really sweet as well and I loved how it was something that evolved throughout the book. You can really seem them grow into a type of family and it was so nice to see.

“Wasn’t this how you were supposed to spend your time in high school? Enjoying time with your friends, instead of getting caught up in your anxious thoughts about the future? “

I also know that there is some controversy about this book as Melissa De La Cruz is not Korean and is Filipino. I completely understand the criticism, and now after having read this book I want to read more books set in Korea or with Korean characters. If you know of any other books by Korean authors or with Korean characters please recommend them to me.

Other books by Melissa De La Cruz

Alex and Eliza (Alex and Eliza Love Story #1)

Love and War (Alex & Eliza Love Story #2)

Last American Vampire by Seth Graham-Smith | Book Review

Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith 
Book Review

Title: Last American Vampire Hunter

Series: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Author: Seth Grahame-Smith

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Published Date: January 13th, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Vampire, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Adult


Source: Local Library

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln’s shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia’s October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination. Expansive in scope and serious in execution, THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE is sure to appeal to the passionate readers who made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a runaway success.

My Review:

“A man can be whip smart and witty and caught up in the gale of life, chatting up roomfuls of people and making them laugh till their teeth damn near fall out, and at the same time, he can be the world’s loneliest, most miserable creature.”

Years ago I read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and I really enjoyed it. It was fun to see Lincoln in a different way than we normally do. After waiting years to read this book I surprisingly remembered a lot of the first book, I had just forgotten a few of the minor details.

Most Anticipated February 2019 Releases

Most Anticipated February 2019

Hello, everyone. It’s two days until February, which means it’s now finally time to talk about the books I cannot wait for! For February I have 8 books, that I cannot wait to be released. I, of course, am interested in more books than that, but these are the ones have been on my radar for a while and I cannot wait to finally read them! Without further ado, let’s see what they are!

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdork

A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Why I’m anticipating: This book has Paris in 1887, murder and a possible serial killer, and a reporter who has to help find that murderer. All things I like reading about currently.

Expected release date: February 12th, 2019 by Tor Teen

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day.

Why I’m anticipating: I read and loved The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas has also put so much into this book and I cannot wait to see what her second book is like!

Expected Release: February 5th, 2019 by Balzar & Bray

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner’s Curse in Joanna Hathaway’s Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.

Why I’m anticipating: As soon as I saw the words Code Name Verity I knew I was going to read this book. I needed to know nothing else.

Release Date: February 5th, 2019 by Tor Teen

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians.

Why I’m anticipating: The cover of this book is beautiful. It’s historical fiction, has magic and revolution. I’m hooked and cannot wait to read it!

Release Date: February 5th, 2019 by Flatiron

The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee

Slater, Kansas is a small town where not much seems to happen… Stella’s mom dies by suicide and her brother runs off to the local hippie commune, Stella is forced to bring her dreams down to Earth to care for her sister Jill.

Why I’m anticipating: It’s in a state next to mine and it sounds like realistic fiction.

Release Date: February 19th, Simon & Schuster

Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Why I’m anticipating: I have been waiting for a book like this one to come out and it finally has!

Release Date: February 19th, 2019 by Amberjack

Blood for Blood by Victoria Selman

A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision. Picking through the carnage, ex-special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie helps a dying woman who passes on a cryptic message: He did it. You have to tell someone.

Why I’m anticipating: Murder mystery, London. I don’t need to say more.

Release Date: February 1st, by Thomas & Mercer

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

A battle-haunted English and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

Why I’m anticipating: Nazi hunting. Yes, please! I’ve also been meaning to read a book by Kate Quinn and why not start with her latest.

Release Date: February 26th, by William Morrow Paperbacks

Those are all my most anticipated reads for February 2019. I, of course, have other books I’m interested in that will be coming out this month, but those are the main ones I want to read as soon as possible.

What are you anticipating in February?

Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack | Book Review

Title: Your Own Worst Enemy

Author: Gordon Jack

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published Date: November 13th, 2018

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Politics, Contemporary

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 448

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

Three candidates, three platforms, and a whirlwind of social media, gaffes, and protests makes for a ridiculous and hilarious political circus in Gordon Jack’s second highly satirical novel. Perfect for fans of Andrew Smith and Frank Portman.
They say that with great power comes great responsibility. Unless you’re student body president at Lincoln High School. Then you get all the responsibility but none of the power. And the three candidates running for president know all about that.

Stacey Wynn is the front-runner, but she didn’t count on Julia Romero entering this race. Julia is challenging Stacey for the title while also putting the moves on Stacey’s campaign adviser and only friend, Brian. And then there is Tony Guo, the way outsider. Tony is usually oblivious to the school’s political campaigning, as he’s oblivious to anything that isn’t about getting high and drinking all the Space Cow chocolate milk he can stomach. But when his favorite beverage is banned at school, a freshman political “mastermind” convinces Tony to become the voice of the little guy. But what kind of voice is that, really?

If this were an ordinary high school election, the winner would be whichever candidate was the most popular. But this year, each candidate may have to sink to a new low to win an election that could change the course of…very little.

My Review:

“No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.”

In You’re Own Worst Enemy we get to see 6 different pov’s that show all the different sides of each campaign and the real reason they are each running for student body president.

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