Emergency Contact, by Mary H.K Choi | {ARC} Book Review #331

A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada; via Netgalley for allowing me to read Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi in exchange for an honest review. 

Trigger Warning:

  • Alcoholic Parent
  • Sexual Assault (recollection memory)

IMG_5660For 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.

This review contains spoilers. 

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi is a book that has two points of view. The first point of view is from Penny, who is just starting her college life. The second point of view that we read from is from Sam, who is struggling to get himself through school.

I didn’t have any problem’s with this book at all. In fact, Emergency Contact is now one of my favourite books. And the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Continue reading


No Game No Life Volume 01, by Yuu Kamiya |Manga Review #19



There was an urban legend that there was a legendary, undefeated gamer called [ ], but in reality he was just a NEET brother and sister called 空 (Sora) and 白 (Shiro). These hikikomori siblings who both refer to the real world as a worthless “Kuso Game” are one day summoned to a different world by a boy calling himself “God”. In this world, war is prohibited by God and everything is instead decided by a game…that’s right, even country borders. Can the two NEET brother and sister save the last of the human race , which only has one city left?

“Now…let the game begin!”

Yuu Kamiya, Mashiro Hiiragi (Illustrations)

I didn’t know what to think of this manga, nor did I know what to think of the anime. As I’m typing this, I still haven’t seen the anime version of No Game No Life. I saw that No Game No Life was being turned into an anime, and found out that it was first a manga! So I’m reading the first volume of the No Game No Life manga to gauge whether or not I’m going to continue on reading the series. If I end up liking this first volume, I may start  watching the anime.

I had no idea what to expect from No Game, No Life. All I knew is what I could tell from the title: No Game, No Life. I assumed, that if there was no game, there was (or IS) no life. Or perhaps something more sinister that I couldn’t think of at the time.

I like that there’s mention of Urban Legends in through the video game world though!

Apart from Sora having a little sister complex, this manga is actually really good. I can’t wait to start watching the anime version! I’m going to go on with reading the rest of No Game No Life, when I can borrow the books from the library.

I genuinely enjoyed reading the manga–and I read it at a good time, too. I was having a bit of anxiety and reading the story of Sora and Shiro (the little sister), I’m calmer than I was before!

I look forward to seeing how Sora and Shiro, as well as the others, grow in the next volumes!

I give this first volume 4 of 5 stars!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

[DNF] Searching, by C.S. Johnson | {ARC} Book Review #330

A huge thank you to BooksGoSocial; via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Searching, by C.S. Johnson in exchange for an honest review. 


There is no surrendering your will without giving up your heart. 

Long before she took up the title of Starry Knight, Raiya Cole knew she was different. Ever since she survived the car crash that killed her parents, the truth about her supernatural powers—and her destiny as a fallen Star—shaped her life, preparing her for a battle she knew would come one day. With the help of Grandpa Odd, her beloved mentor, Raiya works to maintain control over her power and train as a Starlight Warrior.

But the battle she prepared for is not the first one she must face.

As her seventh grade year begins, Raiya’s resolve is put to the test when her power unexpectedly—and exponentially—grows, threatening the fragile life she has managed to build over the last six years.  Can Raiya embrace a duty that demands not only her life, but her heart as well? Can she survive paying the price that comes with her power?

“Searching” is the prequel to The Starlight Chronicles, an epic fantasy adventure series for teens and young adults from C. S. Johnson.

Publication date: December 31, 2017.

What makes Searching different is that in Searching the main character knows she has to face a battle—-she has apparently been prepparing her whole life for it. — Another thing that makes this book different is that the main character, Raiya is younger than the usual 15, 16-18 years most YA characters are. She’s actually 13 years old. Which makes this book a middle school/ really young YA book.

Before I get into anything else, I just want to say that I genuinely and honestly wanted to like Searching. I feel so bad that I couldn’t get more into the novel..

Reasons why I stopped reading:

  • I couldn’t connect with the story, or the characters.
  • Some parts of the story, i.e. the wings, is for some reason, truly unbelievable to me
  • I found the writing, and this prequel to the series feels forced.
  • At times the story was kind of predictable.

Overall, I couldn’t get into the book when I really wanted to.

I give Searching 2 stars.

If I Tell You, by Alicia Tuckerman | {ARC} Book Review #329

A huge Thank-You to Pantera Press via Netgalley, for allowing me to read If I Tell You by Alicia Tuckerman, in exchange for an honest review. 

Trigger Warning:
Homophobia, Abuse, Death

36437107Life and love don’t wait until you’re ready, but what if finding yourself means losing everything you’ve ever known?

Seventeen-year-old Alex Summers lives with a secret and the constant fear someone will find out. But when a new family moves to town, they bring with them their teenage daughter Phoenix Stone. When Alex falls for Phoenix, there is no warning. In a small town with small minds, girls don’t go out with other girls, even if they want to.

In fear there is bravery – you can either cling to the edge or have the courage to jump. But what do you do when you’re left spiralling through the freefall?

Publication Date: March 01, 2018.

What I expected from If I Tell You, was a light, but still kind of heavy WLW story. If I Tell You…is, in fact a really heavy book. Continue reading

Maybe Never, by Sadie Allen | {ARC} Book Review #328

A huge Thank You to Sadie Allen via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Maybe Never by Sadie Allen. 

Trigger Warning: 

  • Bullying as a result of having a trans-parent.
  • Alcoholic Parents
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Gun Violence & Attempted Murder

33154480One golden boy…

Judd Jackson had it all—star football player with a college scholarship, perfect family, tons of friends, and a beautiful girlfriend. He was the most popular guy in town … until a family secret burned it all to the ground. Now, he’s the object of scorn and ridicule, and the only thing he has left is his scholarship and counting down the days until he can leave town.

One goal-oriented girl…

Sunny Blackfox was alone in the world, but she had big plans and big dreams to keep her occupied. She didn’t have time for anyone in her life. That was, until she came to the rescue of the boy she always had a thing for.

They have everything going against them, but maybe, if they are lucky, they will make it out of town after graduation together … or maybe never.

Publication Date: February 20, 2018. Continue reading

Dreamin’ Sun, Vol.01 by Ichigo Tanako | Manga Review #18


30989347While loitering in the park, Shimana Kameko, who intended to run away from home and skipped school, meets a suspicious man in a kimono. This man, who had been locked out of his house, offers Shimana a place to stay. However, he requests she fulfill three conditions in exchange for her tenancy?!

(Translater: Amber Tamosaitis)

While I borrowed the first 4 volumes on a whim, I’m actually glad that I borrowed them! I doubted that I would like Dreamin’ Sun prior to reading it, but I was up for it because the artwork is pretty cute.

Dreamin’ Sun was such a fun read for me. I haven’t laughed that much while reading a manga before. The story is a cute and fun read that I am absolutely continuing on with the rest of the volumes.

Dreamin’ Sun‘s first chapter is actually pretty funny. While the main character Shimana, has problems with her family, she runs away and finds a new home with boys from her school, with a landlord whom is 21. The first chapter is also when we get to know the characters with their introductions and whatnot.

After the first chapter the story revealed something that I didn’t think would happen and had me laughing even more. Shimana’s reaction to what happens.. Oh man. They’re hilarious. And, holy shit ALTER-EGO, MUCH?? Hahahaha.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next volumes. Dreamin’ Sun was a fun ‘n’ cute read that had me laughing a lot. I also liked getting to know the characters and finding out whom likes who.

Dreamin’ Sun has 5 stars from me!

Have you read Dreamin’ Sun before? If you haven’t, I suggest that you do!

Happy Reading!

(DNF) Protogenesis, by Alysia Hemming | {ARC} Book Review #327

A huge Thank you to Black Rose Writing via Netgalley for allowing me to read Protogenesis in exchange for an honest review.

I marked this book as Did Not Finish at 29%.

37759357With her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of stWith her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of student that always has an answer; yet, she doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.

One fateful day, life as she knows it comes to a grinding halt. There was a fire. Her mother is gone. But something is not right… The Greek Mafia may be involved. Vivid dreams of ancient deities consume her sleep. A maze of clues leads her to believe that her mother is still alive… She must go to Greece.

The answers to her perilous quest lie there, as Helene braves into the unknown of a new life, torn between two Greek guys and a new world that literally awaits her.

And who knows, maybe the Greek gods and goddesses are on her side… or maybe not.

Publication Date: March 29, 2018.

As you can see from the title, I Did Not Finish (DNF’d) Protogenesis. I had genuine high hopes for this novel. Protogenesis is a story based within Greek Mythology. In the past, I’ve loved stories that take place, or are inspired by Greek Mythology (henceforth known as GM). When I saw on Netgalley that Protogenesis was indeed another take on GM, I couldn’t help but get excited. I didn’t know what to expect! And with a cover like the one that Protogenesis has, I was looking truly forward to reading Protogenesis even more. Continue reading

Flight Season, by Marie Marquardt | {ARC} Book Review #326

A huge Thank You to St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Flight Season in exchange for an honest review. 

Trigger Warning: Death & Grief

34964873Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.

But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.

As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way.

Written in alternating first person from the perspectives of all three characters, Flight Season is a story about discovering what’s really worth holding onto, learning how to let go of the rest, and that one crazy summer that changes your life forever.

Publication Date: February 20, 2018.

Flight Season is a story that has three very different points of view. You may think that they might not work together, since all three personalities are incredibly different. Yet, they all fit together like a puzzle—exceedingly well. The three characters’ points of view are from Vivi, TJ, & Ángel. Continue reading

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1) by Alison Goodman | Book Review #325

Trigger Warning: Attempted Sexual Assault

Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he’s been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye—an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

2986865But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

I had been wanting to read Eon: Dragoneye Reborn for quite a while. I even requested it from the library with no luck—-the book has been lost. And then for a while I forgot about Eon. When Eon resurfaced somehow –the brain and internet are very interesting things– I put Eon’s story on the back burner. I wanted to read it, but I wasn’t sure as to how I would get around to doing so. Thankfully I finally caved and bought Eon as an e-book off of Amazon.

One thing that I like right off the bat is that this book has DRAGONS!!! I also love what Eon/a was able to do by the end of this book.

What I liked about the novel was that the pace of the book is very fast. It’s something to admire since the book in physical form is a little on the intimidating side. Thankfully I found the story to be interesting! I don’t know about other people who’ve read this book, but for me, this story being interesting is a good thing. There weren’t any parts that felt like they were dragged out. If anything, there may have been a few scenes where the story was too quick.

The plot line is very interesting, and while I thought that Eon would be a boring story –I mean, the synopsis doesn’t help the book at all– I’m glad that the story had hidden elements that the synopsis doesn’t give away.

What I didn’t like about Eon was that there were multiple trials that Eon had to go through. There were a lot trials. So. Many. I havne’t been on a roller coaster for a few years, and I don’t need to, since Eon was already a good enough of a roller coaster; with all of those ups and downs.

Another thing that I had a problem with was one of the characters. I was repulsed by one of the characters. I’ve actually completely forgotten this character’s name, but I honestly hate his character. And, spoiler alert, I reallllyyyy don’t like his “redemption.” Or whatever that was by the end of the novel.

One last thing that I honestly didn’t like about this novel was the blatant sexism and homophobic and transphobic remarks made towards some of the characters. Given the time frame of when the story takes place though, I’m not surprised.