Title: Tell Us Something True
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Release Date: June 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True is a simple but incredibly intriguing read. I’ll admit that when I picked up this book I was unsure about whether or not I would really like it- the plot sounded cheesy and the colour of the cover wasn’t really doing it many favours. However, the moment I read about River and the more I delved into the story I was addicted. It was an easy read because River’s voice has the typical voice of any teenage boy but the storyline made the novel extraordinary.
Tell Us Something True kind of reminds me of a modern West Side Story cross Beauty and the Beast. It might not make much sense but what I’m trying to say is I love how Reinhardt takes completely two different characters each with bad histories and makes them fall in love. I love seeing how their relationship developed and how their stories interlaced. When I discovered that Penny’s helper was Daphne’s mother my brain was exploding because I would never have guessed. Reinhardt really does take this classic foundation of a romance story and adds layers upon layers of new elements to create this fun read.
I also really like the character development of River because his coming of age and development are clearly evident, which I believe is an important theme in the novel. River grows from this dependent, young teenager to another more mature and older boy. I loved reading about who he was and then reading about who he then went on to become.
Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True is definitely a great read if you are looking for a fun, easy contemporary read. I think they only thing that let me down was the fact that it didn’t give much of a WOW factor but I believe that it was still a really intriguing novel!
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Title: This Is Where The World Ends
Author: Amy Zhang
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Drama, Contemporary and Coming of Age
I recently read Amy Zhang’s This Is Where The World Ends and I don’t really have proper words to describe how I felt about it. Unique and exciting would be two words to sum this book up. I haven’t read a book quite like This Is Where The World Ends in while. It reminded me of Looking For Alaska in many different aspects. If you enjoyed Looking For Alaska you would definitely like This Is Where The World Ends.
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang follows the story of two best friends Janie and Micah, who have grown up together but have become distant since high school started. Janie becomes the popular girl, whilst Micah becomes the lonely boy in the back. One day Micah wakes up at a hospital and discovers that Janie has vanished and disappeared from his life. No one is giving him the real truth about Janie and as he searches deeper he discovers what truly happened on the night Janie disappeared. The truth he discovers changes him forever.
spoiler review: (there will be spoilers in the following section)
Thank you so much to HarperCollins publishing. I received Amy Zhang’s This Is Where The World Ends from Harper Collins, in exchange for a review. Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.
I haven’t read Amy Zhang’s books before, I’ve heard lots about her other novel, Falling into Pieces but it never caught my eye. It wasn’t until I read This Is Where The World Ends, that I discovered Amy Zhang has a very distinctive voice in her novels. Her writing is very colloquial but that doesn’t mean it is necessarily bad. Amy Zhang’s voice is easy to read but underneath it there is so much emotion from every character, that is reflected into each sentence. Like I mentioned earlier, her writing style and the story line really reminds me of John Green’s books.
What I really enjoyed about this novel is the switching of perspectives as well as time. I thought I would end up getting really confused but since Janie and Micah’s voices are so individual, I actually appreciated the flashbacks. I didn’t want to get confused with what was happening and reading this book felt like one giant puzzle. Each chapter reflected the thoughts of Janie and Micah and stringing their stories together to figure out what really happened was so much fun. Through Janie’s point of view we get to see her side of the story and how she made the decisions she did. Her final few chapters were quite powerful. There was so many thoughts in each chapter, that it felt like I was really swimming around in her mind. The only problems with Janie’s character was that we got very caught up in her story that I didn’t get a chance to find out more about who she truly is and who she used to be.
Micah’s character was distinctively different to Janie and I enjoyed reading from his perspective.I felt so much sympathy for him. Reading from his point of view, really toyed with the reader. It would give you a break from Janie’s story but at the same time it would keep you anticipated for what happened on the night Janie disappeared. I thin Micah’s personality got a bit lost along the way. I could clearly picture his thoughts in my mind but his character felt a little bland.
The ending was action filled. Finding out what happened to Janie made you really empathize with her character. I loved the idea of using matches and apocalypses as a motif, it was a very fitting metaphor for the two. Janie’s fire dwindled and ended, whilst Micah’s fire was ignited by Janie’s diminishing match. I have to say,
though, the ending felt abrupt. I would love to see an epilogue to see what happened to Micah in the future and it felt like there was no proper closure on Janie.
Overall, I highly enjoyed the novel. It was a short, edgy and intriguing read, for all John Green fans. Both characters, Micah and Janie are two teenagers that you will grow to understand throughout the novel. This novel is such a unique and different read. If you are looking for a book similar to Looking For Alaska or We Were Liars, you will love this one.
Yes, I know, I’ve missed about two weeks worth of book news. Today, I’ll be giving you a major book news post, informing you guys on any information you’ve missed out in the young-adult bookosphere!!! I’ll start with the Shadow hunters TV Show and other Mortal Instruments TV Show!
The first episode is nearly finished and heaps of photos of the cast and set have been posted all over the actors’/actress’ Instagram and Twitter. Since the legalization of same-sex marriage in America (Yay! for that), the Mortal Instruments fandom bursted into a flurry of excitement for Malec scenes but Cassandra Clare kept herself hush hush and instead announced that Helen and Aline will have a wedding in the coming Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy series. You can check out a snippet for that here! Recently the latest novel of the Shadowhunter Academy series came out- The Evil We Love! If you loved Sizzy, you must definitely check this novel out!
This is another Liebster Award and I was nominated by Analee from Book Snacks. She is one of the nicest bloggers and I highly recommend her blog. She posts book reviews and other fun book stuff. Go check her out! This Liebster Award is a bit different to the normal one. I’ll be answering 11 questions, sharing 11 facts and I’ll be nominating and writing 11 even questions for 11 other bloggers! For this award I nominate anyone who want to do this award.
What is your favourite book-to-film adaptation OR what is a book/series you would like to see as a movie? I loved The Fault In Our Stars because I think it really stayed true the book and I loved Vampire Academy! I think if you loved the Vampire Academy series you would love the movie but if you haven’t read it the movie won’t be as appealing.
If you could jump into any bookish world, where would it be? Why? This is a really hard question because I think about it all the time but every time I have a different answer. Lately, I have been thinking about the Shadowhunter-world and I think that it would be a great bookish world to jump into. Who wouldn’t want to be a Shadowhunter?:)
Who is your favourite author and why? (You can name more than one if you want.) I don’t really have a specific favorite author but I love Jennifer L. Armentrout books, so i guess you could say she is my favorite. I love her storylines as they are cheesy yet action-filled and witty. Cassandra Clare is also high up on my list of favorite authors as I love any of the Shadowhunter Chronicle novels, which were one of the first Young-Adult novels which I have read.
What is your most prized book? I like to think that all of my books are prized possessions but one of my most special novels on my bookshelf is definitely Percy Jackson and The Greek Gods. The cover is so beautifully designed and it’s hardback. It is no surprise that it is one of my most prized books.
What character from a book would you like to meet, and why?
This is a really hard question… but if I could meet a character I think meeting Daemon (Lux Saga) would be amazing but I would love to meet Patch (Hush Hush Saga) and Will (The Infernal Devices). If I ever got to meet them I would probably faint! 🙂
What is/are your favourite quote(s)? I actually have a post about this here! But I am planning on writing an updated one of these posts because I love quotes. My all time favorite quotes are: ” There is plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it, ” ~Cassandra Clare “Thomas Edison’s last words were, “It’s very beautiful over there,” I don’t know where there is but I believe it’s somewhere and I hope it’s beautiful” ~ John Green
What quality do you appreciate in a character? Persistence, loyalty, courage and confidence. I believe these are really important qualities in life and I love it when characters are so brave, persistent and confidence. For example, Rose(Vampire Academy) who I really look up to is so brave no matter what even if her loved ones are evil, she would do whatever she can to save them.
What are three books you can’t live without? This is another tricky questions because I love so many books but I think three books I couldn’t live without are Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Mark of Athena by Rick Riodan.
What places would you like to visit and why? I think I have answered a question like this before but I would love to backpack around Europe. This has always been my dream. I want to backpack with someone all around Europe without a particular destination, to just wander the streets of London, swim in the seas of Greece and eat authentic Italian food.
Who is someone you consider a hero? There are many young-adult heroines who I consider as a hero. Tris Prior (Divergent) is someone I really look up to because of her selflessness. I want to be as loyal as she is to her family and friends. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy) is someone I have considered a series since I’ve read the series because I love how feminine yet strong she is. She isn’t a really unfeminine heroine but she is still capable of so many things. Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson) is someone I have always respected since I read the series when I was really young.
What do you think are your best qualities? Ummmm 🙂 I think one of my best qualities is my positivity and kindness. I have grown up in an era where teenagers are really submerged in positive things (tumblr and youtube) and I have always tried to make light of dark situations. I always want to help people because I think a small smile can light someone’s day so I always try to be happy because it really rubs off on people.
My Eleven Questions:
1) What is a novel you recommend to people who are not into young-adult novels?
2) Who is an evil character you somehow love?
3) What is a novel you thought you would hate but ended up loving?
4) What is an overhyped novel you do not like?
5) If you could live the life of a character for a day, who would you chose?
6) What is your favorite contemporary novel?
7) What is your most anticipated novel of 2015?
8) Do you prefer bookstores or libraries?
9) What are you currently reading and what do you plan on reading next?
10) What is an object you need by your side when you are reading?
That’s all for this award and as I said before I nominate anyone who wants to do this award! Thank you!
There have been quite a few exciting things! Just as a blog update I’ll be writing two new reviews and as you may have noted there have been a new change to the layout of my blog- hope you guys like it.
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s novella to the Lux series, Oblivion, has a new snippet released:
Also, Every Last Breathe received a cover reveal and plot synopsis! The whole Dark Elements series’ covers are being revamped, which I am so grateful for because I hated the previous covers. There will most likely be a #mythoughts on that soon! Check out the cover and synopsis here at: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/every-last-breath/
A new scene of the Paper Towns movie will be released tomorrow at the MTV awards! Cara, Nat and John Green will be there to release it! The trailer for Theo James’ new movie with Dakota Fanning, Franny, was released.
Hello! As promised, this is my thoughts and reaction to the new Paper Towns trailer and also the idea of a Paper Towns movie. This may contain spoilers, so, if you haven’t read this novel you should definitely go check it out.
When I discovered that Paper Towns was being made into a movie, I wasn’t surprised. Especially since, The Fault in Our Stars was such a big hit but the buzz for this movie doesn’t seem to rising as much as The Fault In Our Stars. John Green is an amazing author and I really hope this will live up to my high expectations.
I believe the casting for this movie was selected very well. Cara Delevingne is very similar to Margo Roth Spiegelman, she is really pretty and seems very fun. Nat Wolff has that awkwardness and chill personality, very much like Quentin. I’m glad John Green worked really close with the cast and directors because that means that John Green was there to help direct and correct anything that was different to the book.
Now onto the trailer… I believe the trailer was a very good impression of what the movie will be like. It wasn’t cheesy or anything, it had that “teenagery” vibe with reckless and funny acts. After seeing the trailer, I think they’ll focus on Quentin and Margo’s relationship more, unlike the book which didn’t show their relationship very well. I love who the trailer started with a voice over with Quentin talking about miracles because that is pretty much how the book started off.
Cara Delevingne didn’t seem to have that sarcastic energy I imagined Margo to have but we didn’t see much of her in the trailer. I am excited to see the ratio of the movie because I wonder how long they’ll make Quentin and Margo’s adventure and Quentin and his friend’s adventure when they look for Margo. I loved how they were mentioning Paper Towns quite a bit in the trailer but they didn’t explain what it was. I love the concept of a Paper Town and how they are just imaginative but real places.
My favorite scene in the trailer was when Margo and Quentin are overlooking the city and she says that the world is made up of paper towns, people and things and when you look at them from afar they are beautiful but when you are up close they are ugly. I am really upset that they are leaving out the sea-world scene because I thought that was vital scene because through that encounter their bond tightens. I am glad they used quotes from the book like, “She loved mysteries so much, she became one,”.
This book was such a fun novel to read and I really really hope the movie is just as good! Tell me your thoughts on the movie in the comments below! Did you like the trailer? Do you want Paper Towns to be made into a movie? That’s all guys!