Ignite Me, by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review #335

This review contains spoilers.

IMG_5668With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

My thoughts on Ignite Me is that Ignite Me is a heavy action, fast paced novel. I was entranced; both times I’ve read this now, from the moment I opened flipped open the cover. There are so many emotions that take place throughout Ignite Me. The emotional high stakes are no joke. Continue reading


Unravel Me, by Tahereh Mafi | (Re-read) Book Review #334


Trigger Warning:
Gun, Gun Violence,
End of the World type story,
Murder, Murder Mention,
Torture mention.

IMG_5669Juliette is still haunted by her deadly touch. But now that she has teamed up with other rebels with powers of their own, she’ll be able to fight back against The Reestablishment to save her broken world. With the help of these new allies, she’ll also finally learn the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.

The first thought that came to my mind when I finished re-reading Unravel Me was: Pretty good! Continue reading

Unite Me (Shatter Me Novellas) by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review #333

Unite Me is the book that has the novellas Destroy Me and Fracture Me as well as Juliette’s Journal in it.

This review contains spoilers.

18481271Perfect for fans of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me trilogy, this book collects her two companion novellas, Fracture Me and Destroy Me, in print for the first time ever. It also features an exclusive look into Juliette’s journal and a preview of Ignite Me, the hotly anticipated final novel of the series.

Destroy Me tells the events between Shatter Me and Unravel Mefrom Warner’s point of view. Even though Juliette shot him in order to escape, Warner can’t stop thinking about her—and he’ll do anything to get her back. But when the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment arrives, he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner cannot allow.

Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective and bridges the gap between Unravel Me and Ignite Me. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam’s more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.


Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)

Something that I liked from Destroy Me is that this novella is told from Warner’s point of view instead of Juliette’s. Getting to know Warner from his own point of view instead of Juliette’s was an experience, and I’m grateful that Warner’s novella is a thing.

My overall thoughts on Warner’s novella are: My poor, poor son. He has a shit excuse of a father. I’m glad that his dad gets kapuut– by the end of the third book. I liked knowing that Warner had fallen incredibly hard for Juliette, but at the same time, for the most part, he’s fallen in-love with her thoughts more than the Juliette he knew while she was there on the base.

Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5)

Ahhh, re-reading Adam’s novella just reinstates that I do not like Adam at all. I can appreciate his point of view, and his love for his little brother, James, but that’s about it. He’s such a typical Young Adult insta-love, she’s-my-girl-no-one-else-can-have-her, kind of guy.


I don’t have a rating for these novella’s. I enjoyed them, but not to the extent of actually rating them.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi | (Re-Read) Book Review #332

IMG_5667I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

The first time I read Shatter Me was back in 2014, then I re-read Shatter Me again in 2016. Now I’ve re-read it again in 2018!

Back in 2014 I absolutely loved the story. There was so much that happened in the book and quite a bit took me by surprise. I remember going back multiple times just to re-read what had happened because I had an exhilarating “wait, what?!” moment. Continue reading

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
  • Rape/Sexual Assault
  • Panic Attacks

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

[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

(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