The Last Time We Say Goodbye, by Cynthia Hand | Book Review #244

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17285330There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.


Trigger Warning: Suicide, Gun Violence.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a realistic fiction novel told around Lex’s brothers death. There’s also multiple mentioning’s of Lex’s brothers death. If these are triggers for you, then I suggest that you don’t read this book. Continue reading

The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han | Book Review #243

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5821978Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.


Please note: This is my review of the second time I’ve read this book.
Trigger Warning: Mentions of (Breast) Cancer.

There’s not much to say other than I thought this book was pretty ordinary, to be honest. Yes, Belly measures her life in summers, but.. Continue reading

Twisted, by Hannah Jayne |[Mini] Book Review #242

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28218622When her father is accused of being a serial killer, Bex becomes the ultimate bait in this game of cat and mouse

Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won’t be known as a serial killer’s daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to “The Wife Collector,” he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public’s perception—and drove him to abandon her.

But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex’s old life isn’t ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?


Twisted is a Young Adult Mystery Thriller novel. Twisted is a stand alone that is filled with intrigue and a main character who can’t trust her own instincts. Continue reading

TBR Tuesday #38; Revealed Secrets & the Secret Deadly Order

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 10.22.37 PMHello reader/s! For a while now, I’ve been writing a bi-weekly post about books that are on
my TBR. TBR, if you don’t know is the abbreviation for To Be Read. My goal here is to shed some light on books that I’ve otherwise forgotten about. These books could be books I’ve been meaning to read from the library, or books that have been collecting dust on my shelves at home. My goal though is to say a little about the book and also give a little reasoning of why I want to read them. In hopes of reading them sooner than later. 


Today’s post has two books that have secrets in (one way or another) set in their respective stories. The first book, is a book in which a secret was revealed to a whole school. The second book contains a family so powerful (and crazy, I’m assuming) that can shut down whole malls just so they can shop.   Continue reading

September 2017 Publishings

ucbrpicToday’s post is about the books I’m looking forward to reading that are going to be published in September.

I seriously can’t believe how fast time has flown this year. I know I say that in every monthly post, but seriously. It feels like April was only yesterday. We’re already nearing September. September, people!

So here are the books that I’m looking forward to reading, which are going to be published  in this fast approaching September! Continue reading

Out of the Shadows, by Ashlee Nicole Bye [ARC] | Book Review #241

I want to give a huge Thank-You to Ashlee Nicole Bye, for allowing me to read and review Out of the Shadows in exchange for an honest review.

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unnamed-16Nobody ever said death would be easy… 

From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake.

Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper.

Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, faeries, soul-sucking demons, not-so-grim reapers, and even the Horseman of Death.


Trigger Warnings: Blood, Self-harm, Murder

I was drawn into Out of the Shadows since the synopsis seemed so interesting. I mean, this book was compared to Cassacdra Clare’s writing, as well as Paula Weston’s writings. I loved Weston’s The Rephaim series, so I’m happy that I got the chance to read Out of the Shadows! Continue reading

Year of Mistaken Discoveries, by Eileen Cook | Book Review #240

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18051087As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared: they were both adopted.

Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music. They never interact…until the night Nora approaches Avery at a party, saying it’s urgent. She tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom, but it turned out to be a cruel lie. Avery feels for Nora, but returns to her friends at the party.

Then Avery learns that Nora overdosed on pills. Left to cope with Nora’s loss and questioning her own actions, Avery decides to honor her friend by launching a search for her own birth mother. Aided by Brody, a friend of Nora’s who is also looking for a way to respect Nora’s legacy, Avery embarks on an emotional quest. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics.


Trigger Warning: Overdose leading to Suicide

Year of Mistaken Discoveries is a Young Adult Contemporary with Realistic Fiction, and Romance. Continue reading

Flashfall, by Jenny Moyer |[Mini] Book Review #239

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27414369Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.


I definitely found that Flashfall was interesting in both synopsis and actual book. Continue reading

Antisocial, by Heidi Cullinan | [ARC] Book Review #238

A huge thank you to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) via Netgalley for allowing me to read this view in exchange for an honest review.

This review will more than likely contain spoilers. 

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A single stroke can change your world.

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.

Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared to speak aloud, even to himself.

Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together.


Xander and Skylar are now some of my favourite characters. I loved reading about them and getting to know them as only a reader could. Having read their story, I can honestly say that Antisocial has become one of my favourite novels. Continue reading

Evermore, by Alyson Noël | Book Review #237

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3975774After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.


Please note that this book was first published in 2009.

The whole book felt like one huge mess. I’m not even kidding. This review is a little salty. Be prepared. Continue reading