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Friday, December 23, 2016

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

       Back of the book overview: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

    But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

    Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Rating: 10 out of 10

   Where to even beginning with this book! It was fantastic. Although it was another realistic fiction (And those aren't my favorite) I can say that I was totally enraptured by this book. The plot line is fantastic. It's simple and fascinating. It wasn't as sad as I was expecting although I got close to tears a couple of times and I totally was not expecting that ending! The characters in this book are wonderful as well.

   The story is told in the point of view of a girl named Madeline Whittier. When she was little she was diagnosed with a disease called SCID. Basically it's a disease where your immune system doesn't work properly and anything (and everything) can make you sick. She grew up extremely sheltered and has never been outside of her house in her life  (after she was diagnosed). It's just her and her mom and her nurse Carla.
   Then Oliver (Olly) moves in right next to her. Olly is immediately portrayed as the bad boy type. Where's all black, disobeys his father... But then him and Maddy start emailing each other. You start to realize that Olly is a nice person but his fathers always drunk and a lot of the time is abusive which is the cause for all the fighting that happens.

   What I love about this book is that the chapters are short. You don't have to have a long attention span to read the book. The chapters range from one sentence to five pages. Often the set-up is different too. Some chapters are emails back and forth, one is done in a spiral pattern, some are schedules or charts or lists. There's pages in-between chapters where she gives a sentence summary of a book she read or she re-defines a word to fit what she's going through. I just love how it's different. I can 100 percent honestly say I've never read anything like it!
   The illustrations are also beautiful. I don't normally like a book with pictures but in this case the illustrations definitely helped the book come to life.
   If you haven't read this book you totally should. It's defiantly a must read.

My next review should be up tomorrow!

Friday, December 9, 2016

I'm So Overwhelmed + Books I'm looking Forword to Reading

    I don't know why I ever decided to be in two musicals! My school is putting on this musical called Lucky Stiff. I'm super excited for it because it's funny and hilarious. But I also auditioned for this other musical called The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree... and I got the lead. Not only do I not have any time for homework, I'm not getting enough sleep and I'm super stressed out. Plus the end of quarter is coming soon which means tests and it's stressing me out even more. That's why I haven't been posting frequently. I haven't had any time to be reading. But I promise that I'll finish the book I am currently reading ASAP and get a new post out soon.
    In the meantime I've composed a list of books that I am super excited to read this coming up year!! Can you guys believe that 2016 is almost over!?! The one's that are out are books that I just haven't been able to get a hold of yet but I'm super stoked to read them.

Honorable Mention: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
The only reason this book is not on the actual list is because I just checked it out today to read. I want other books to be on my list but I am super hyped to read this book but I probably wont get to it until next year. *tear*

Already out
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean, and wearing all black-black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back at him. His name is Olly. Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I an certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

#11 Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Publish Date: February 21, 2017
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councilors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

#10 The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Publish Date: January 3, 2017
Hawthorn wasn’t trying to insert herself into a missing person’s investigation. Or maybe she was. But that’s only because Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don’t happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she’ll turn up at any moment—which means the time for speculation is now.

So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie’s disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take seriously…at first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie’s boyfriend. After all, it’s not as if he killed her—or did he?

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn’s quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself. 

#9 The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Publish Date: January 25, 2017
Every day, Zoe struggles to keep going. The cruel winter took her father’s life and left her angry and brokenhearted. As she carries her little brother through a snowstorm that could kill him in minutes, her only thought is finding shelter. The cabin beyond the woods is far from the place of safety she hoped it would be, but it is there that she meets a man whose muscular body marked with strange and primitive tattoos hints at an extraordinary story. He has the power to light up the lake, and with it, Zoe’s world. 

Zoe calls the stranger X. He is a bounty hunter, tormented by the evils of his victims that course through his veins. X has never felt anything but hate, until he meets Zoe. She shows him what his heart is really for, and if they can find a way to be together, just maybe his pain can help Zoe forget her own.

#8 A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
I love this cover so much!
Publish Date: December 29, 2016
For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm's length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel's compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst--that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she's been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

#7 The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I'm dying! I absolutely love this book cover and I'm dying to read this book

Already out
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

#6 Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Publish Date: January 2017
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

#5 Now I Rise by Kristen White

I read the first book in this series, And I Darken, as a Netgalley ARC and now I'm stoked to read the second book. I have to admit that it's not my favorite series in the world but I definitely want to know what happens next.
Publish Date: June 27, 2017
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

#4 Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

I have this book as an ARC from Netgalley and is defiantly a book that I'm over the moon excited I get to read (even though it's realistic fiction.) 

Publish Date: May 1, 2017
Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can't wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it's her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.
Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it's hard to put her past behind her when she's living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.
Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer Armentrout

The description of this book makes my heart pound!

Already out
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

I've heard nothing but good thing about this book. I'm excited to see for myself if what everyone else is saying is true about this book.

Already out
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?

And #1 is...

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I got this book as an ARC on Netgalley and I'm thrilled to read this book. The cover alone makes me want to get my hands on this book. The description...OMG I can't even! This book actually reminds me of another book I read that I didn't like. Hopefully this one will live up to it's hype!

Publish Date: March 7, 2017
Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha—one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

There's so many good books that are coming out next year (or have already come out.) I'm gearing up to post a book review soon, but like I said I'm really busy. My first post of the new year will be my favorite reads from 2016!
-Over and Out