Friday Reads

Hello fellow readers! Veronica here emerging from the black hole of being computer-less for the last couple of weeks. I hope every single one of you is having a wonderful Friday. (If this post is formatted funky, I do apologize. I’m writing and editing this post on my iPhone.)

I’ve seen booktubers do #FridayReads and I’ve heard it started out on Twitter, don’t know which is true, but here I am today sharing with you what I am currently reading at the moment.

In Time (Darkest Minds #1.5) by Alexandra Bracken

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Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

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I’ve had to gather tons of courage to read these two books. I’m still wary because of the feels I will start feeling soon.

What are you planning on reading this fine Friday? Any feel inducing books like I am?

ARC Book Review: The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne

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First of all I want to thank Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books/Bloomsbury Spark for providing me with an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. You guys are the best!

Goodreads Summary:

He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.

Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.

Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.

But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?

In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.

Review:

As I’m sitting here thinking how to start this review there are only two words that come to mind… chocolate cakeThe Edge of You is a delicious guilty pleasure you cannot get enough of, just like a slice of triple chocolate cake. All this cake talk makes me want some.

Alright, Let’s get serious here.

really like both Maya’s and Jake’s character. At times Maya might have seem whiny and a little… over the top, but honestly once you see the burden she’s caring and what’s going on at home, you change your mind about her. I did! Jake is also going through some tough stuff. I felt like he was more mature in the way he handled things than Maya did, but he did have to grow up from a young age so there is that.

The beginning of Jake and Maya’s relationship and how it continued throughout the book felt very natural to me. I felt like I was reading a true story, something that could happen in real life. It also made me want to visit Alaska and that’s not something I would normally say. Trust me on that. I like the cold, but I’m not in love with it.

I do wish we could have seen more of Maya’s family before the tragedy and her best friend. Her best friend is a riot and I really wished she would have had a few more scenes in that book. She kinda brought some life and a bit of comedic relief to the story.

Overall, I advise you to read it. It’s the perfect read for a cold rainy day. (Don’t forget to eat some cake while you’re eating it!)

The Edge of You is now available for purchase in the United States.

Rating: 4/5

Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

TopTenTuesdayThank you to The Broke and The Bookish for this wonderful meme! If you want to learn how to participate, click here and check it out. Promise you won’t regret it.  :)

Well hello everyone… You’re shocked that I have made an appearance right? Me too! Texas has been interesting and I’m so homesick for California. Let’s all pray and think positively that I will soon be transferred back. This week we have Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list. My list is a mix of books that are coming out soon and books that have been on my TBR for a while. (And I’m sorry no pictures of the books this week)

1. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

3. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass

4. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass

5. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

6. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

7. This Girl by Colleen Hoover

8. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

9. Afterworld by Scott Westerfeld

10. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Do we have any books in common? What are you dying to read this fall? Please let me know down below! :)

Book Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

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Goodreads Summary:

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

My Initial Thoughts:

The only thing I can tell you is that I knew I was going to love it. Why? Because I basically love everything Ms. McGarry writes. It’s like written in stone by now. :)

Review:

Wes. That adorable boy. He infuriated me a lot, but I forgive him for it. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t so fond of him in Crash Into You because of what he did then, but now after knowing his background story I can at least understand. I don’t know what exactly Katie McGarry does, but she makes me fall in love with every single one of her male protagonists. Seriously. It’s like magic or something.

I really liked Haley. I don’t think Wes could have found a better match. I loved that she was independent and kicked butt all on her own. I love it when we have female protagonists that can take care of themselves. I think what I loved the most about Haley was that she was willing to leave Wes behind to do what she had to do. Often we see a ton of female protagonists leave it all for the guy and honestly, I don’t think that’s good. A relationship is made of two people, not one if you know what I mean. Both people compromise, not just the girl. Okay, let me get off my soapbox.

I’ve been writing this review for almost 3 months now so I’ve forgotten a lot of what happened, but what has stayed with me was the development of Wes’ character. I can’t believe how much he changed from the richie rich guy in CIY to this new Wes at the end of TMO. (and one of the reasons why it has taken me almost 3 months to write this review was because I could not put into words how awesome this book was and honestly I still can’t, but dear gosh it was about darn time I did)

If you haven’t read Take Me On or any of the books in the Pushing The Limits companion series I suggest you do. It’s by far one of my favorites and you are seriously missing out.

Rating: 5/5

Book Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

 

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Goodreads Summary:

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, somethingis happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

My Initial Thoughts:

I had none except that Kayla really wanted to read this so I said well I’ll give it a chance!

Review:

An ode to shipping. That is what this book is and OMG it is amazing. People who want profound literature this is probably not for you, but if you are looking for an entertaining, sweet, hilarious read, then this is the book for you.

At first I thought that having that many point of views would ruin the story, but it actually worked. My favorite point of view was the squirrels. It was so random and funny, it was great. I do wish we got to see more of their point of views, the main characters. The novel does have a serious side to it which I think many will appreciate.

For once I don’t have much to say except read it. It’s cute, fluffy, and just what you need if you’re having a bad day. A Little Something Different is exactly what the title describes it to be, a little something different.

Rating: 4.5/5

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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Thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for this wonderful meme! If you want to learn how to participate, click here and check it out. Promise you won’t regret it. :)

You guys?! This is exciting. Both Anjie and I are back! The team is back! PAAARTY! We are going to try for you to have a healthy dose of us from now on so please be excited with us as we are to finally return back to normal schedule! This week we have: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet. Yikes! That’s a lot… We’re both going to try to condense our lists, but we aren’t making any promises.

Vero’s List

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1. Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau: I really really need to read this. It’s the last book of the series and I need to know how it ends! *grabby hands*

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2. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I bought the ebook, but I don’t have a physical copy. I ordered it, but it shall be arriving in a week or two.

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3. Champion by Marie Lu: I’ve read half of Legend and I already own Prodigy. I need the last book in the trilogy so I can marathon the entire thing!

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4. Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout: I need this in my life. Okay, I know I’ve said that about all them books, but like I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS OR… well you’ll have to see to find out. >:)

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5. Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor: I loved Prep School Confidential and I have no clue why I haven’t bought it, but I really really want it. I need to know what happens. I’m a sucker for a good mystery.

Anjie’s List

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6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I’ve read so many great reviews on this book. Plus, why wouldn’t I want to read a book about a character who’s a fangirl? That’s like the ultimate dream.

 

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7. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan: This is the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series and it might be the last book with Percy Jackson. I’m so excited for it but I’m also scared because I don’t know who will survive but at least I pre-ordered it!

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8. Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: I’ve waited over a year for this and I don’t have it yet! I pre-ordered it though! I need to know how it all ends for Mara and Noah!

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9. The Heir by Kiera Cass: After reading The One, I knew that I would miss The Selection trilogy! I was more than ecstatic to hear that Kiera Cass was writing another book for it!! Then, to hear it was going to be called The Heir … you know what that means!! ;) *baby time*

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10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: This is another book that I’ve heard so much about. I’m so excited to get my hands on it, especially after reading the synopsis!

Book Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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Goodreads Summary:

Incapable. Awkward. Artless. That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

Crewel is the first book in Gennifer Albin’s gripping young adult series.

My Initial Thoughts:

I’d never heard of Ms. Gennifer Albin which nowadays is probably a good thing for authors. It’s rare when you’re a blogger and you NOTHING about the author. News travels fast in this industry.

Review:

(Warning: This entire review may feel discombobulated, but forgive me for giving you such quality. I don’t think I can make I more coherent one though. This book just left me…. *mind blown*)

Woah… this was an intense book. It’s been at least a little over a week since I finished it and I still can’t fully digest it. The world Ms. Albin created is so different yet it almost seems plausible that it messes with your head so much that you’re left stupidly smiling yet utterly confused. Confused in a good way though.

The entire book is in Adelice’s point of view and in a short amount of time in the beginning we come in contact with so many characters that at first it’s a little overwhelming. At a certain point you feel like there is a love triangle coming on and you groan to yourself, but trust me, it’s not a love triangle and it get’s better once you figure out what’s really going on. muahahahhaha

This is 100% a young adult science fiction novel. I don’t even think we find out what year it is so I can’t even say it has a little bit of dystopian in the mix at this point, but I can assure you that we will know by the end of the second book (or at least I hope we do).

What I really liked about this book was the entire concept of weaving. In Crewel, you can weave something in or out of existence. Very few are those that have that gift. The main character is one of those few that can weave and what is so amazing about her is that she can weave without having to use the special weaving board provided by Arras (whom is the country/government).

This is a pretty solid first book in the series and I cannot wait to pick up the second book. :)

Rating: 4/5