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Monday, July 24, 2017

Worthy by Donna Cooner

       I'm not a fan of non-classic romance most of the time, but I feel like someone should be reviewing romance every once in a while on this blog, so I picked this book up from the library.

       I wasn't a fan of this cover, too mushy for me, but I'm sure someone will like it...

       Despite the cover and the genre, I ended up sort of enjoying this book, but first the summary.

      Summary (from goodreads, like always):

Download the app. Be the judge.

Everyone at Linden's high school is obsessed with Worthy. It's this new app that posts pictures of couples, and asks: Is the girl worthy of the guy?

Suddenly, relationships implode as the votes climb and the comments get real ugly real fast.

At first, Linden is focused on other things. Like cute Alex Rivera. Prom committee. Her writing. But soon she's intrigued by Worthy. Who's posting the pictures? Who's voting? And what will happen when the spotlight turns... on Linden?

         It was a little cheesy, but even though the concept was cliché, the book somehow managed to be sort of original, which was kind of awesome?!? Seriously, even though this book had a very foreseeable plot twist, I was surprised by how many of the clichés this book managed to dodge! Points for that.

         It had really good characters, my only complaint is about the "best guy friend" character, because unlike the other characters, he was a huge cliché (the boo-hoo, stuck in the friend zone cliché). Points off for that.

        This book was super clean, no bad words or scenes beyond mild kissing, so points for that.

         I like it's message about inner beauty and it's the inside that really counts, more points for that.

         All in all, it was a good book. Not my piece of cake, since I don't like romance, but if you're a lover of romance, read this book, it's great!

         Rating: four stars, I refuse to get over the "guy friend" cliché, that was sad.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

         She's a fighter. She's a student. She's a spy. She's a fake.
          And she's gotten too attached.

           Seventeen year old Reagan is use to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she's ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents' footsteps, as a top secret spy working for the government. Her entire life is mapped out.
             But when Reagan gets too attached to a town and her friends, she must choose between her heart and what she knows is right, that is, if she even has a choice.

              There is some mild swearing, but this book so awesome that it almost makes up for it. Also, I wasn't a huge fan of the romance, but I am more anti-romance than most...

              Rating: Four out of five stars.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens- Official Novelization by Alan Dean Foster

Hello peoples. I apologize for my extensive absence. I have missed blogging for all you lovely individuals.

Okay. I am a hopeless Star Wars fangirl. I will rant for hours about Rey's parentage, Finn's history, Poe's hotness, Kylo Ren's... well, everything about Kylo Ren. I love that guy.

So, when I found this official TFA novel, I grabbed it and ran out of the library dancing for joy.
No, seriously. I danced. Physically, not just mentally. Like, skipping around my house screaming. Not just imagining it. Here is the lovely piece of literature that provoked this momentary lapse of sanity.

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It contains better descriptions and more detail all the way through, and for those of you who ship certain couples *cough, cough* REYLO *cough, cough*, be happy. Your ship sails on.

Read the book. Even if you don't like the movie, the book is amazing.

Elena out.

Monday, July 3, 2017

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay

Summary (from goodreads):

     Every girl dreams of being part of the line—the chosen seven who tunnel deep into the mountain to find the harvest. No work is more important.

       Jena is the leader of the line—strong, respected, reliable. And—as all girls must be—she is small; years of training have seen to that. It is not always easy but it is the way of things. And so a girl must wrap her limbs, lie still, deny herself a second bowl of stew. Or a first.

        But what happens when one tiny discovery makes Jena question the world she knows? What happens when moving a single stone changes everything?

       Deep and subversive, this book was a delight to read and I'd recommended it to anyone who loves strong female leads and a good plot.

      Rating: Four Stars

       it would've been five, but I wish it had more dialogue in it. It had very few conversations between the characters in it, and I wish it had more.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Orphan's Song by Gillian Bronte Adams


     Deep within the world of Leira flows a melody that was sung at the beginning of time by Emhran, the Master Singer. Now it is broken, buried, forgotten. But in each generation, a Songkeeper arises to uphold the memory of the Song against those who want it silenced forever.

When Birdie first hears the Song coming from her own mouth, her world shatters. She is no longer simply an orphan but the last of a hunted people. Forced to flee for her life, she must decide whom to trust—a traveling peddler, a streetwise thief, or a mysterious creature who claims to know her past.

With enemies at her heels and war threatening to tear her homeland apart, Birdie soon discovers an overwhelming truth: the fate of Leira may hinge on one orphan’s Song.

         This was a pleasant and gripping read, and I'd recommend it any of my peers. My only complaint was that one of the characters has an accent, and I found it a little annoying and hard to read.

Rating: 4 Stars

Saturday, June 17, 2017

#Famous by Jilly Gagnon

Summary (from goodreads):

      In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

       This fluffy romance was so cute and funny, I really enjoyed it. It was complete fluff, but who cares? It gave me good vibes and feels.
       My only complaints are that it had a few bad words and it was only fluff, but then, aren't most YA romances?

Rating: Four Stars

   I would recommend this to anyone who loves a sugary sweet, but heart throbbing at times romance.

Friday, June 9, 2017


By: Ilima Todd
Reviewed by: Gray

Summary (from Amazon):

Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision
and worries about her upcoming Remake Day -- her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they'll be.

When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom
Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is
pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test
her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?

       This book was really good. In fact it's the best non-classic romance novel I've read in a long time. Although it did get a little too mushy in a few parts for my taste, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Plus, it was clean. There was no swearing at all, which was re-freshing.

     Rating: Four stars
it would've been five but I wish that instead of the book focusing on the romance, that it had focused on the actual plot, the world, the laws, the science behind it all, because it's very interesting and there's still a lot of unanswered questions that I had that I feel should've been answered in the first book. Hopefully the next two books will focus more on the world.