When We Collided by Emery Lord: Interview + Review

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If you didn’t know, When We Collided by Emery Lord officially came out on the fifth of April! When We Collided follows the story of Vivi and Jonah. In the town of Verona Cove, Vivi is the new girl whilst Jonah is the boy with the tragic past. Since the death of Jonah’s father, Jonah has carried the weight and burden of his whole family on his shoulders. He is expected to look after them, pay their finance and organize his sibling’s life. However, he feels lost in this vastly different lifestyle. Vivi is the new girl, she is the “wild child,” she changes everything in Jonah’s life. When Vivi and Jonah are together it seems like an explosion but sometimes explosions can go too far and both of them have to bear the consequences.

If you haven’t picked this up, I definitely recommend it but I’ll explain more in my review later on. First up, I am so excited and honoured because I got the chance to interview Emery Lord! I loved Open Road Summer and had a major book hangover after reading it, which goes to show how much I loved it. When We Collided is her latest novel, which I highly recommend if you are looking for a unique contemporary! Without further ado, lets get right into the interview with the one and only, Emery Lord:

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what is one writing tip you have for all the aspiring writers out there?

Protect your wonder!

when in your life did you decide to write this book; what was your inspiration?

I started in 2013. My inspiration is always part my curiosity (What would it be like to live in a vacation town? What would it be like to have a bunch of siblings? And so on) and part things that are happening in my own life (grieving a family member, depression, etc.)

 what is your favourite young-adult book, what are some book recommendations?

My favorite YA books are, in fact, by Australia’s very own Melina Marchetta. I would recommend every last one—I can’t pick!!

 have you ever met someone who has an amazing love story and relationship?

Of course! I hesitate to call us AMAZING, but I started dating my husband was I was 16, and he is still my favorite human on Earth.

What are your advice and tips on how to improve your mental health?

Well, different things (and combinations of things) work for different people, so I guess my advice is to be gentle with yourself and realize you’re in control of how you manage your health. I’m personally open to a lot of things because I like to see what suits me!  Whether it’s yoga and meditation and/or therapy and/or medication or simpler lifestyle things like long walks and good sleep, I think being open to possibilities is a huge help!

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Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Release Date: April 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  8/10
Genre: Romance, Drama, Contemporary and Coming of Age

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Do you ever just listen to a song, with catching lyrics and beautiful music  and feel this chilling sensation up all over your arms? You’ve probably

 

heard of this sensation before, in TV shows and from friends. Emery Lord’s When We Collided left me with tingling shivers. I’ve never felt goosebumps like I did whilst reading this book. I’ve never shed a tear of happiness and hope but I truly did with this book. I loved it so much. It definitely did not disappoint and I can safely say that it blew me away.

The storyline for this book was so unique. It was refreshing and intriguing at the same time. I thought it would be like a copy of We Were Liars or All The Bright Places but When We Collided took the themes from these books and twisted them into this book. Hope, family, loss, mental illness and coming of age: all of these themes fitted into this book perfectly like a puzzle. Emery Lord’s writing was perfect. Writing contemporary books are literally like an art. You have to capture the voices of all the characters into a concise and descriptive writing and Emery Lord did that with both Jonah and Vivi’s voices. I actually really enjoyed the dual perspectives in this book. Since Jonah and Vivi were such contrasting characters, I thought it was very fitting how we got to see both of their thoughts. I didn’t find myself getting confused with both characters because of their different voices.

Another element I loved about the plot was how much it left the reader hooked. I was perpetually page turning throughout the book. It was so spontaneous and exciting that I constantly needed to read it to catch up. I don’t think I found myself bored during any part of it. Jonah and Vivi were constantly on some kind of adventure or argument and it really kept me entertained throughout the novel. However, it did feel a bit choppy at times, which brought the book down for me.

I absolutely loved the idea of the metaphor with the planet colliding. The thought of having two completely different people collide together but breaking away to follow their own separate paths is heartbreaking and eye-opening at the same time. I feel like Emery Lord took the whole typical plot of “two very different people who fall in love,” very differently and I loved what she did with it. The romance between Jonah and Vivi is so unique I fell in love with the idea. Their relationship was so cute and heartbreaking at the same time and I have never read anything quite like their love story, which was so refreshing. Lately, I’ve been reading a few cliche love stories and When We Collided’s love story was so unlike what I’ve read before.

Vivi’s character was very bubbly and quirky. It was enjoyable to read from her perspective but at times, I found myself cringing more than once. However, I loved how she kind of acted like a beacon and life saver for Jonah, I thought that was so cute. Jonah’s character was that boy that I felt so sympathetic for. I loved how much his character developed throughout the story. He was a character I truly admired because of his courage and his ending chapter was amazing!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel and it’s definitely one of my top ten books this year, so far. If you loved Museum of Intangible Things, The Fault In Our Stars, We Were Liars or All The Bright Places you will definitely fall in love with this book! Emery Lord brought this explosive book that was amazing. It was both unique and intriguing and for me it was a highly enjoyable read!

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Romances, Contemporaries and Devils Teaser Tuesdays April 5th

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It’s Teaser Tuesdays again! Today, I’m reading Trish Doller’s The Devil You Know. I started this novel yesterday and I am officially hooked. The Devil You Know is a contemporary which follows the story of a girl named Arcadia and since the death of her mother, she has been trapped in a whirlwind of taking care of her family and going to school. One day she decides to break the chains and goes to a party. There she meets two boys, Noah and Matt and together they go on a road trip along with another girl. However, as they get deeper into their journey she discovers one of the boys is not who they claim to be.

current read: the devil you know by trish doller
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If you aren’t interested in the plot you must be lying. Both the title and blurb dragged me into this book! I loved Trish Doller’s other novel, Where The Stars Still Shine and I am already loving this book! Trish Doller’s novels always have funny edgy characters and her writing is just right. The only complaint I have is the character development. Her character development isn’t always the best but the other factors, such as the plot definitely shine through. I’m loving it so far and I just want to devour the book! Here is the teaser for the week:

“He smells like someone real, and his heart travels through bone and blood, skin and cotton, to beat against my cheek. ‘Maybe,’ he says, ‘you should.'”
– The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

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I’m Part Of The Yearbook Committee! The Yearbook Committee Review

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Title: The Yearbook Committee
Author: Sarah Ayoub
Release Date: February 2016
Retail Price: $16.00
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama and Growing-up

I received  Sarah Ayoub’s The Yearbook Committee from Harper Collins Publishing Press, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.

“Everything seemed uncertain, different, damaged. Just like the promise of our youth, now irreversibly changed due to a night whose sinister warning had been brewing steadily beneath the surface of our teenage dreams,”
– The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

I don’t really know how to label this book- The Yearbook Committee. It definitely was a different book to what I normally read and I foundmyself liking many parts but I didn’t like other parts, as well. However, I have to admit, the book was well written for a contemporary and I couldn’t help loving all of the characters in the book. There is just something so cute when five teenagers with five completely different lives come together to create a yearbook, in their final year of school. There is a little bit of romance, great characters and a lot of drama and I found myself enjoying the book. I recommend this book if you are looking for a not-so-cliche, cute and a drama-filled contemporary.

The Yearbook Committee follows the story of five completely different teenagers who all get dragged and pulled together to form- The Yearbook Committee. As they continue to catch up to complete the yearbook, new romances and friendships begin to form. As the five teenagers try to survive the last year of highschool, problems arises, friendships are broken and irreversable mistakes are made.

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What I really enjoyed about the book was the concept behind it. I love the start of each chapter and how we get this Facebook Status for each DSC_0105character, it was so cute and it’s a very contemporary way to write the novel. I also love how throughout the story there are multiple dilemas with each character, due to the many perspectives. At times when I felt bored or didn’t really enjoy what was happening I knew I could look forward to reading the lives of other characters in their own perspectives. Normally, I would hate multiple points of views because I hate trying to workout which chapter is which character’s but Sarah Ayoub made it really clear which character was which and each individual character had their own distinct voices. For this novel, multiple points of views seemed to work really well, it felt like I was getting insight to the lives of each and every character. I also really enjoyed the prologue, I wanted to know what happened. The prologue was kind of a view of the future and it really keeped me questioning throughout the novel.

As for the characters, I loved the cliché nature of each of the five characters. However, each character as you dug deeper you discover that they are actually totally difficult to their labels as- “the new girl,”; “the popular girl” and “the loner”. I loved how she took the stereotypical characters and gave them each a new found depth. The only issue I had was the fact that I found it difficult to relate to the characters. Charlie was a girl I really wanted to like, I tried yet I kind of failed, she grew on me by the end of the novel but whilst reading the book, I didn’t really like her personality. I understand how she was the type of girl who fought for rights of many minorities. However, there was this edge to her that got on my nerves. I didn’t like how she acted as if the world owed her this huge favour and then she fell in love with the school captain. I couldn’t really stand it. Matty was a character that added a sense of darkness and reality to the story because his story was one of the more sorrowful stories. Anyway, I did love Tammi’s story because I enjoyed reading about how she was starting to drift away from being the cruel popular person she was. Her character developed so well and I found myself relating to Tammi the most. What really annoyed me was the fact that she took the drugs from Mike. I wanted to see how their relationship would develop, yet it backfired. This brings me to my next point- the ending.

The ending threw me off, because I never expected the book to end like it did. It was abrupt and I was in a few ways disappointed. I wanted to see what would happen to all of the characters. I felt like we never really get to see how the characters dealt with the after math. I can’t believe Gillian dies- I was literally like, “What is happening?” I couldn’t belive Tammi took the drugs because you would think that by the time they were in the last year of high school they would know what to do when a stranger gives you unknown pills. (#areyoukidingme) I wanted to see the Yearbook, I thought that there was so much talk about the Yearbook yet we never really get to see glipses of the finish product. The yearbook idea kind of was lost within the plot.

Overall the book was definitely really enjoying to read and I found myself cracking a smile once or twice. I really enjoyed the storyline and I loved reading about the lives of each characters! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a unique and special contemporary.

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Never, Never: Part One by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Title: Never Never: Part One
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Release Date: January 2015
Retail Price: $15.00
Overall Rating: 7.75 🙂 /10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Mystery

” I want to feel that again. I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie,”

I just finished this novel last night and despite the fact that the novel is quite short, it sure did pack a punch. Throughout the novel I “never, never” 🙂 wanted to put down the book. I absolutely loved reading this novel and trust me, if you are a fan of Colleen Hoover you will love this. It’s writing is captivating and your eyes are peeled to the book, page after page. It’s best to go into the novel without knowing anything because it’s what makes this novel so much fun to read! It’s like a puzzle within a book that will keep you desperate to find the pieces to figure out this book.

Never, Never tells the story of two normal teenagers, Silas and Charlie, who wake up one day, to find out that they have no recollection of who they are. Silas and Charlie have been in love since they were young and they have always been in love. Now, they don’t remember each other or themselves and together they must piece to clues together to uncover the truth about who they were but as they dig deeper they discover that their lives weren’t as shallow as they imagined.

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I can’t tell you how stunned I was to finish the novel and reading this novel was so riveting. Never, Never really is like one big jigsaw puzzle, which was one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. From the start of the novel, we jump straight into the action. There is no background, no description of who they are and usually, this would annoy me but for this novel, it made it so much more intriguing. Both characters had lost their memories and as a reader, I felt like I had lost my memory too. I wanted to know who these characters were and page after page we were discovering more, adding piece after piece together until the big crescendo.

The writing was beautiful. It felt like a contemporary but it wasn’t that girly, cutesy kind of writing it was a more mature writing, that made your eyes glued to every word. It felt like every paragraph and every chapter served a purpose and not words were wasted, it all added to the story. The thoughts of all the characters really felt like it was the true thoughts of someone with amnesias like Silas and Charlie. Even though something like this will clearly not happen in real life, it felt realistic. Every single time I was sucked into this book when I read it and when I came out of it, I felt like I had lost my memory. That’s how well this book was written.

Silas’ character was really interesting. His father seemed so enraged at him when he discovered he was out with Charlie and that really made me curious. I wanted to dive deeper into who he was. He truly seemed like a nice boy, as shown in the homeless person scene but at the same time it felt like he was a bit of a rebel since he was regarded as a popular boy, who was a football player. His character developed very slowly and hopefully, in the next few books we find out more about him.

Charlie’s character annoyed me at times. She was the popular mean girl but I liked how she was trying to mend her ways. I really want to find out what caused her and Silas’ family to go into this big feud. Charlie’s character developed a lot more than Silas’ and throughout the novel you can see the changes.

The only problem, unfortunately, was that sometimes it was hard to discern who’s point of view it was. Maybe it was because I read this book too fast, but at times, I had to flick back a few pages to check whose perspective it was in. The romance also was very fast. Silas and Charlie barely knew each other during the book, yet Silas was in love with her. That felt a bit unrealistic but I still ship them. 🙂

The ending blew me away, I can’t believe Charlie is missing because now it gets so much more complicated and just when it feels like we discovered why they both lost their memories, Silas discovers that it’s going to happen again! The ending chapter, was so fast pace and then bam it ends with a “to be continued…” What??? I need the next book!

Overall, I had so much fun reading this book! I can’t wait for the next book! What I really like about these novels is the fact that they are so short, it’s so much easier for me to squeeze in time to read! Have you read this book? Did you like it?

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Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Release Date: May 2008
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama

After years and years of hearing the novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, I couldn’t pass by the chance to read this book when I saw it my library. Knowing that this novel was getting made into a TV Show by Selena Gomez (Her Revival album is great 🙂 ) I had to read it! Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why was different to most contemporary novels that deal with the theme of suicide. However, this book was disappointing as it didn’t live up to its hype. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it and it was a great short read.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a unique dual perspective novel. Clay’s true love, Hannah has committed suicide not to long ago. Clay can’t seem to bear the truth but one day a package of thirteen tapes arrive one day on his doorstep, each tape consists of thirteen reasons told by Hannah of why she decided to end her life. Clay can’t stop listening to them and as he delves deeper into Hannah’s true story the reasons he discovers will hurt him in ways he could never imagine.

I am definitely excited as to how the TV show will turn out and when it does come out I will definitely be writing a #mythoughts on the episodes.

*SPOILERS FOR THIRTEEN REASONS WHY BY JAY ASHER*

Thirteen Reasons Why was an interesting read for me. While I didn’t really enjoy the novel, I still found myself page-turning for more. Perhaps, it’s because I just wanted to find out how Clay impacted Hannah, it was gripping in the sense that readers are captivated to find out more about Hannah’s reasons for committing suicide and how she did commit suicide. Before I get to what I didn’t enjoy about the novel, let’s start off with the positives.

Thirteen Reasons Why started off very shaky but as the story end, it got better and better. To be honest, the ending was the one of the only good parts of the novels. I really enjoyed the execution of the theme of suicide, in the novel. Suicide and mental problems, like depression in teens usually begin with a small spark and as Hannah mentioned it’s usually the little things that build up to the, “Snowball Effect”. Asher’s intriguing example of this effect was one of the reasons that kept me wanting to read more. Hannah’s tapes began with the starting problem and as the story progressed the snowball became too big and unbearable for Hannah and for her it was the end of the world. After reading this novel and discovering that some little things will always be in your memory, I have definitely been more conscious to the way I treat others.

The novel was definitely well thought-out in terms of the layout of the story. I really liked reading the different tapes from Hannah and then hearing the comments from Clay. It was kind of like two perspectives in one both set in different time frames and that was really intelligent. However, even though it was well thought-out it wasn’t tear-jerking. I was expecting a major flow of tears like I did with All The Bright Places but I was disappointed.

The story jumped straight away into the story and I was kind of taken aback. It was too fast and I never got any information or background on Clay. Therefore, I didn’t get to understand or click with him, even though he was the main character. Even though it may not have been that important to the story, If I had gotten to know more about who he was or how much he really loved Hannah I would have enjoyed the story a lot more. The character development was disappointing as well, Clay went through no development and by the end of the novel, all he went through was the same few emotions thought-out the novel: angered, sad and disappointed.

Hannah’s development was definitely a bit better and we got to go through every step of her where the reasons began all the way until she met the English teacher and committed suicide. I really liked the way her tapes and recordings really reflected her personality and what she went through. It was very much like listening to the real tape. Through her dialogues we definitely get to find out more about her character than just plainly writing her story.

However, Clay’s part on the tapes were so small, I was so disappointed. I was expecting more but the way Hannah told the story it seemed like she never really loved Clay like he did to her. However, he was oblivious and only ended up getting enraged. It was as if we lead up this to huge mountain but we were only faced with a small hill. Not only that but it was hard to follow and pinpoint what was exactly happening during the ending tapes, as everything major was all crammed into a few short stories.

I was trying really hard not to compare this novel to All The Bright Places but I can conclude that Thirteen Reasons Why wasn’t as good. However, I commend Jay Asher’s layout of the story but it was just some flaws that brought down the novel.

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Review: How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski

Title: How To Be Bad
Author: E.Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski
Release Date: May 2008
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7/10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama

” ‘Cause maybe sometimes a girl’s gotta be bad in order how to figure out how to be good,”

How To Be Bad, is a contemporary written by a collaboration of Young-Adult authors. When I picked up the novel at my local library, I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t want to know either. I wanted to go and completely submerge myself in this novel without knowing anything, and after finishing it yesterday, I highly recommend you do the same. How To Be Bad is a journey and series of funny, dramatic and romantic events, that will leave you with wanderlust and an elated feeling in your chest. This novel will take you through a roller coaster of feelings and is filled with witty characters. How To Be Bad is for any chic-flic or contemporary lover.

This novel is written in the perspective of three teenage girls, who all are vastly different but somehow they end up taking a road trip together. Jesse, has been living in her mundane town for too long and ever since the major event that has changed her life has happened, she can’t wait to escape to somewhere else. Vicks is Jesse’s best friend, her boyfriend, Brady has just left to Miami to university but since then their relationship has been a rocky road. Mel is the new girl in town and she wants to fit in with people not just for her rich family but for being the girl she is. However, her insecurity always gets the best of her. One weekend, the three girls decide to take a trip down to Miami, where they go through one amazing journey.

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR HOW TO BE BAD*

How To Be Bad has been extremely different to the recent contemporaries I’ve read. What I really enjoyed about this novel was the fact that, with the three different authors we experience a contemporary that consists of three individual lives and stories that become linked and woven together to create this fun novel. The storyline at first may seem typical with your average teenage road-trip but the stops, mini-complications, people they encounter and the inside jokes that are created are what made this book a really enjoying read. The readers are confronted with this journey, rather than a major climax and because of that you want to keep enjoying the ride with them.

Within the novel, there are many distinct events, such as, Old Joe’s Museum and the hurricane in California. There were also many heated arguments between the three characters. When Mel and Vicks had the fight between what had happened at the party with Marco, I loved finding out how they resolved the arguments. What was really unique about this novel was the way the authors settled the arguments, which was definitely more relatable and realistic to the way teenage girls solve their problems nowadays. As a teenage girl, I can honestly say that usually a lot of our issues between our closest friends are solved by a joke or an inside joke that always brings them together and in this novel, that was definitely how many problems were sorted out.

The characters, on the other hand, were a bit unrelatable, except for Mel. Perhaps, it’s because I have not personally experienced anything Vicks or Jesse had experienced but for me there characters were very “out-there”. Vicks was the “wild-child” character and she had a lot of guts. Therefore, I found it hard to relate to her. However, I did love her story. I desperately wanted to know what would happen to her and Brady. I couldn’t believe that she tried to make a move on Marco and her character was a huge contrast to Jesse and Mel. Vicks character was a lot of fun to read about and her words were definitely one of the funniest.

Jesse’s character had a few flaws, which brought down the book. At the start of the novel, she mentioned her mother had cancer, which was her big secret. However, the story didn’t really develop that as it progressed. To be honest, I forgot about it until she mentioned it again in the last quarter of the book. Her mother’s cancer was supposed to be her major climax but I couldn’t follow it because it seemed like she was focussed more on her stolen car and her duck. Not only that but when she met and kissed the Chinese boy in Epcot, I couldn’t quite figure out the point of that as it was so out of the blue and it never seemed to be pursued any further. However, i loved her character and relationship development with the other two girls, I enjoyed reading about how she changed her view on Mel and how she managed to get past the rough patch between her and Vicks.

Mel, was my favourite because she was the most relatable and I loved her story, even though it was resolved quite early in the story. She came from a rich background and I loved how they explored that issue which is not often discussed in many novels. I enjoyed reading about how, even though she came from a rich family she tried her best not to reflect that because people judged her on it. I particularly liked the part where she mentioned that she missed so many opportunities because she looked too much into it. When she fell in love with Marco, it was the cutest thing and I really loved reading about the,

Unfortunately, the ending was a let down. It was very abrupt and we never get closure on what happens to Jesse’s mother, on Mel and Marco’s relationship and on Brady and Vick’s relationship, as well. It was an attempt to be a cliffhanger but it didn’t work out so well, I thought I was missing some pages but it just came to a halt and I was very disappointed. Nevertheless, How To Be Bad was a fun read and I loved following the journey of the three characters and the different lessons all three of the girls learnt.

Review: Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland

Title: Minus Me
Author: Ingelin Rossland
Release Date: October 2015
Retail Price: $19.99
Overall Rating: 7/10
Genre: Contemporary, Drama

Minus Me is a fresh and rare novel, that I have not come across before reading this one. Minus Me is written by Norwegian author, Ingelin Rossland and this novel is a translation of Minus Meg. Minus Me is one of those novels where the reader does not notice the deeper meaning until it hits right at the very end of the book. This stirring novel leaves you with a somewhat “calming” state-of-mind that everyone will enjoy. If you are searching for a different novel that touches your heart, Minus Me is the one for you.

Minus Me is about Linda, a thirteen year old girl, who has spend most of her life living a typical 21st Century childhood. Until one day, Linda discovers she is diagnosed with a rare heart condition, that leaves Linda and her over-protective parents stunned. After believing she only has a short while left to live, Linda persists on finishing off a bucket list created by her and her best friend. Linda sets out to tick everything on her list but on the way she discovers Zac, a young boy who accompanies her on her journey. Along the way, she learns a myriad of life lessons that are priceless in Linda’s heart.

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR MINUS ME BY INGELIN ROSSLAND*

To be frank with you, I was a bit skeptical of reading this novel. First of all, the main character was thirteen which worried me as a reader and I feared that she would be annoying and immature. She did prove herself reckless and immature but that added a sense of reality into the story. The characters were hard to click with but I enjoyed reading it from what felt like, a bystander point-of-view.

Linda really grew throughout the novel, which I really enjoyed reading. At the start of the novel she really frustrated me, her morals were not set out straight and she was such a princess. The way she treated her friends annoyed me as she believed everything was about her. However, as she continued onto her journey, by the end when she met her “boyfriend”, Axel, the way she dealt with the situation at the end showed her improved maturity.

Zac, Linda’s brother, was a nice complement to the storyline and really brought out this hint of ambiguity to the story. It was really nice to try a guess who Zac was the Linda. Originally, I believed that Zac would become Linda’s boyfriend but I was proven completely wrong. I was blown away by the fact that Zac was Linda’s brother. I really liked how we discover this at the end of the novel as it leaves the reader with this obscure ending that would leave the reader with questions. even after finishing the novel. The final scene in which Linda watches Zac come into the real world was really intriguing and the ending was my favorite part about this novel.

The storyline was very different. I have never ever come across a book like this one. However, it was a little reminiscent to Sonya Hartnett’s “The Ghost Child”. Before reading this book this was one of the things that also made me hesitant to open the novel, the storyline seemed too over the top for my prior liking but I was proven wrong. It felt refreshing to read from a completely different perspective on life, friendship and family. It felt child-like but it felt nostalgic, which really surprised me. I enjoyed the journey they took across the country and it the twist at the end truly stunned me. It was interesting to read a translated book and in a way, it was an insight to their culture, which proved to be very similar to our society.

Overall, the novel was enjoyable but at times it was hard to click with some of the characters. Unfortunately, this won’t pull you out of your reading slum but will definitely cause you to questions some of the decisions you’ve made before. I recommend it if you are looking for something unique and different. It was truly one-of-a-kind and I do not know if I ever will come across a novel much like this one again.

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Review: One by Sarah Crossan

Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Release Date: September 2015
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7/10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama

Sarah Crossan’s One is not your average young-adult fiction. This eye-opening, touching novel got me thinking throughout the story. It was quick read, yet my mind was buzzing with thoughts. If you are looking for a quick read but a read that packs a punch, Sarah Crossan’s One is the perfect novel for you.

Grace, the main character, is conjoined with her twin Tippi and both of them are like two peas in a pod. Being home-schooled their whole life Tippi and Grace seem like your average teenagers. However, with their family’s worsening financial state Tippi and Grace have no other choice but to attend a proper school. As they both venture to the real “school” life hearts are broken, bad habits are created and a dire situation begins to surface in the lives of Grace and Tippi. Told through a powerful voice, One is a thought-provoking novel that won’t disappoint.

*SPOILERS FOR SARAH CROSSAN’S ONE*

This novel was nothing like your average young-adult novel. The characters, storyline and structure was all one-of-a-kind. The whole novel is in free-verse and I haven’t read a free-verse novel since grade two. However, it fit the storyline so well and I genuinely applaud Crossan’s daring structure of the novel. The story was beautiful in itself and the free-verse writing style highlighted the “touching” side to the story.

Grace’s character seemed really genuine and her personality, background and words reflected the author’s extensive research in the field of “conjoined” twins. It was truly fascinating to read from her point of view. It is not every day we get to read from the eyes of a conjoined twin as often we read about conjoined twins through an impartial view but in this novel we read about conjoined twins through what felt like an authentic voice. I loved reading about the way she felt like all the guilt on her shoulders and her flaws and thoughts was what really pushed me through the novel. It was really interesting to read about the way she felt when others treated her and how, even though her sister was conjoined to her she didn’t dislike her in anyway. However, her and her sister’s personality was easily manipulative and she often fell for the traps that we are often warned of in high school, such as smoking. That really frustrated me but in a way it made the story more realistic considering their background.

The whole story was very much like a song. It slowly built to the final crescendo where the reader is left paige turning and gripping onto the novel. I was desperate to find out if Tippi survived and it was heart wrenching. To see the way Grace dealt with her sister’s death really touched my heart. I have never been through anything Grace has been through and it was really eye-opening for me to read about that.

Not only that but I loved how before the incident Grace was hopeful, which was one of the underlying themes of the story. I love it when novels deal with the theme “hope” and this one was really unique. If I was in her shoes, I would have found it extremely hard to still have hope in such a dire situation but Grace managed to do that. The only thing about the novel is that I never felt any true connection to the storyline but that is partially because I have never witnessed anything like what happens in the novel.

The ending was very open-ended and as a reader I partially enjoyed that. 🙂 Sometimes, leaving it to the reader often gives the book something to remember but often I just want to find out what happens next. I really wanted to know how Grace deals with her sister’s death in the future but we never find out. However, I loved how the ending we discover the whole book was an epitaph as it made the story seem like a true story.

I honestly believe this book is an honest, unique and beautifully written novel. I highly enjoyed reading about the lives of conjoined twins through a fascinating voice. One has really opened my eyes to the way conjoined twins live their life and the novel’s underlying message is one that should be taught once in a person’s life. I will definitely not forget this novel and I highly recommend it!

Review: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Title: Until Friday Night
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: The Field Party
Release Date: September 2015
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Chic-Flick

This book was a life-saver for me and it definitely dragged out of my partial reading slump! Don’t judge me but I am a huge fan of your average cute romance book with heightened drama! 🙂 This book definitely delivered that! The characters were your typical jockey and shy girl but there was something unique about the “cliche-ness” that I really enjoyed in this book.

Until Friday Night is a dual-perspective novels that drags you into the world of two vastly different personalities but two incidents in their lives brought them together. Maggie, the new girl, is given the second chance at life but she doesn’t want to step out of her comfort zone; until, West comes into her life. Both are dealing with tragedies and together they learn to cope and enjoy what you have even if it feels like the end of the world.

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR UNTIL FRIDAY NIGHT BY ABBI GLINES*

I am a very unpredictable person when it comes to books I love. Sometimes cheesy books gets on my nerves but sometimes really unique novels gets on my nerves. However, Until Friday Night, despite its cliche characters, was a hit for me. I dashed through it, I couldn’t put it down and I definitely went through a book hangover after this novel. I was telling my friends, who are chic-flick enthusiasts, to pick this novel up. Sometimes sticking to your typical chic-flick plot is better than reaching too far from the mainstream storylines.

West was a character I absolutely adored! He was your typical shady boy who has a dark background. I really enjoyed reading from his point of view because it isn’t often we get to do that in contemporary novels. Often we really purely from one perspective, the female protagonist’s point of view but in Until Friday Night we delved into the thoughts of West’s characters which was a definite highlight.

Maggie’s character was someone who really interested me. I have never read about a mute individual and this really sparked an interest in me. I was constantly asking questions about her character- I desperately wanted to know what exactly happened to her and I wanted to find out more about her history and past life. Unfortunately, we never got a chance to get some of my questions answered but perhaps that was intentional, considering the theme of the story was to “not look back”. I loved watching her character development, which blossomed slowly throughout the novel. However, the only issue with her character was the how she resolved her “mute” disability. When she began to talk to other people, it felt unrealistic. I liked the idea about how she opened up to West but when she suddenly began to talk at the end of the novel it felt really unrealistic. It would have been more reasonable for her to slowly open up instead of just suddenly rushing to open up.

You have got to admit… the romance was terribly cute. I needed a cliche romance after all the fantasy I’ve been reading and I loved the romance in this novel. I loved how West, the popular guy had a soft spot for the new girl, Maggie and I loved the little secrets they shared. For me, that always put a smile to my fast. The storyline, was your typical “she saved me” plot, which I surprisingly enjoyed. I would have loved it if we got an epilogue at the end about where they would be in ten years but we never got that! However, I really enjoyed the final chapter which brought a hint of fate into the story’s themes. It tied the story together with a nice little bow and it made it seem like a disney fairytale.

Overall, I loved the novel and highly recommend it if you love cliche chic-flick novels because this one definitely won’t disappoint. West and Maggie are characters you will love reading about and the storyline is one you won’t regret reading about. I am super pumped for the next books in the series because I love reading about this world!

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Where The Stars Still Shine: Review

Title: Where The Stars Still Shine
Author: Trish Doller
Release Date: August 2015
Retail Price: $12.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama

Where The Stars Still Shine is a cutesy romance, that is fresh and exciting but definitely unique. When I read this novel, I really felt like I needed something cute and contemporary and this book did not disappoint. Originally, it did take a while to get through the first two or three chapters but from there I was like a rocket ship and I zoomed through it! I really recommend it if you have read and loved all the really popular contemporaries!

The novel is told by Callie, who has been on the run with her mother for her whole life. One day, her mother is caught and charged with kidnapping- Callie suddenly gets whisked into another life filled with a roof over her head, friends and a real teenage life. Callie is grateful but she doesn’t want to forget about her history and throughout the novel Callie discovers what it really means to be part of a family and to fall in love

*SPOILERS FOR WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE*

Can I just point out how cute this novel was? I love the plot for this story because Callie was such a complex character. The start of the novel was a major bang where the main character was seeking refuge and her mother was not caring about her. Callie has had a really troubled childhood, where she has been on the run he whole life. I really liked this component of the plot because it makes the book so much more interesting- it was a really fresh and unique. It is not often where contemporaries mix the cutesy romance with a really dark undertone and that was definitely explored really well throughout the novel.

A lot of the book dealt with Callie fitting in and because I have never been through something as extreme as her character, I found it quite hard to relate to her. Instead of really feeling how she would feel, I felt more like I was watching her grow, which was equally as enjoying as reading a relatable character. I was in a way really proud of how her character developed throughout the story. Originally, I found her really annoying because she was so stubborn and rude: and that really led to some cringe worthy moments like the scene where Callie made Alex mad. *cringe*

If you remember, Callie treated her father, Greg so badly even though he was giving everything to her- she kept on slowly breaking his trust and you can see through Greg’s actions that Callie was cracking his nice facade. That really frustrated me because Callie really should have been so much more nicer to him because he is actually giving her food on a plate and putting a roof on her head. She was also cutting herself from everyone in Tarpoon Springs, if it wasn’t for Kat making an effort to introduce herself the events in the whole book wouldn’t have happened. However, as we got to the last third of the book you start to notice how much she was changing and delightfully, it was a subtle change. You really notice how her rude shell was cracking and coming out into a more thankful person.

The relationship development was not on point but I definitely loved the relationship of Alex and Callie and totally shipped them! 🙂 Like a mentioned before, I didn’t like how much Callie pried into Alex’s life and that really made me frustrated. My favorite scene in the book was when they went to the beach together that definitely was a highlight! I kind of found it disturbing how Alex was Pheobe’s brother- that irked me. The relationship development, however, was rushed at the beginning and then slowed down- they met randomly by a port and then they quickly “fell in love”. I hate it when books do that but I forgave it all in the end because their relationship was too cute! 🙂 I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE ENDING!!! I need to know what happens- don’t tell me that they Alex left for college without her- WHAT HAPPENSSSS???

I really loved the added drama at the end because it led to this major conclusion but the ending was not my favorite- I mean, yeah, I am glad that Alex forgave Callie and that her mother survived but I didn’t like how it ended in midst of the drama. There were too many unanswered questions. Don’t get me wrong I love some open-ended endings but this one was too much of an open end. But nevertheless, I absolutely devoured it and it seriously needs to be much more popular. The writing is amazing and it was a truly different novel. It is definitely one I will be recommending to lots!

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