Book Review: Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

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dsc_0213_fotorTitle: 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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Mini TBR List!

Hey guys!

Here are three books that are really high on my to-be-read list! I have been dying to read these books and I seriously need to get my hands on them!

  1. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella I have been eyeing this book since it’s release date! Based on the many reviews I have read, this book sound like a really good contemporary. I haven’t read any Sophie Kinsella novels but since she has read so many her latest novel, Finding Audrey must be a really good one, writen by an experienced author!
  2. A Sarah Dessen novel
    After reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, I have been itching to get a Sarah Dessen novel that will hopefully be as good as Saint Anything! I have only ever heard amazing things about her books and I hope the next one I read will live up to my high expectations! I already have a stack of Sarah Dessen books I borrowed from the library and I am just about to dive right into them, with one long marathon!
  3. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

    You may not have heard of this one, because I neither had I until I did some deep searching in Good Reads! It looks amazing and there are so many good reviews! The covers look amazing and it came up as a recommendations, since I loved Angelfall, the current series I am reading! I am definitely going to try out this series and I hope it won’t disappoint!

As you can see I will be having a seriously long contemporary marathon but I am super excited! I also can’t wait to read The Immortal Rules! Are any of these books on your TBR list?

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Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: May 2015
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Family and Drama

Do you ever have a dish at a restaurant and they followed the recipe perfectly- perfect amount of seasoning, sauce and herbs? Well, that is pretty much what Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything was like. It left me tingling and lighthearted. Often young-adult romances are lacking a pinch of salt but Saint Anything was pretty much perfect. However, with a few faults here and there Saint Anything is one of the closest novels that is a perfect contemporary. It delivered an amazing novel, which I devoured. I hadn’t read a Sarah Dessen novel before this one and after reading this novel- I know why she is now considered a legend of contemporaries.

Saint Anything follows the story of Sydney, who has always been kept behind stage. No matter where she goes she always gets judged on her brother- Peyton and her parents aren’t much help either. Her parents’ main focus is all Peyton that Sydney feels left out. After moving schools she meets the loving family of the Chathams, a family that is totally different but it’s here where she gets pulled into a second family. She meets Layla and Mac who both help her as crisis in her own household begins to grow.

*SPOILERS FOR SAINT ANYTHING AHEAD*

First of all let me just say this book was almost perfect, it ended happily but was still deep- unlike All The Bright Places and Eleanor and Park (which are my favorite contemporaries) Saint Anything actually ended on a happy mood but Sarah Dessen still dealt with dark, relatable teenage themes.

Sydney has to deal with the fact that her parents do not care much about her and assumes her behavior based on her brother’s. Most of us who have siblings have gone through that feeling of emptiness and disappointment when our parents have your sibling as their main focus. I also really enjoyed how Sydney dealt with the guilt of her brother. That was a really interesting theme to explore- bearing someone else’s guilt. I personally would have reacted the same way as Sydney as I would feel guilty for her brother’s act as her family treated Peyton like he didn’t do anything wrong. I like how it ended with Sydney, gaining the courage to go up to David to apologize and to make an effort to get to meet him.

Whilst exploring this theme many other typical teenage drama was also executed in the novel, such as, the romance of Mac and Sydney and also that typical “new girl at school” drama. I really enjoyed how she dealt with a really unique theme whilst having that typical cliche drama, as it adds a lot of depth to the normal cutesy romance.

We all love a cutesy romance contemporary but usually they are too superficial to be consider the best contemporary novel. However, if you, like me, love contemporaries which are genuine, dark but at the same time have that cute romance blossoming, Saint Anything sure didn’t disappoint. Sydney, the main character, seemed like such a genuine person. She had her flaws and perks- just like any normal person would. She was truly 3D and you can really see that through her thoughts which were written on the page. When she felt agitated and mad, I felt the same way. Sarah Dessen’s writing is not over-descriptive yet under-descriptive and little lights of humor and teenage personalities still shone through. The characters of the story had so many inside jokes that we discovered and it felt as if we were friends with the characters for a very long time.

The events which took place in the story seemed so real that reading the story was like watching it unfold in front of your eyes. The story was the perfect length- it was thick but not too long and wasn’t super short like many contemporaries. However, with its positive there must be some negatives. As I was reading the story, in one of the last few chapters I started to freak out because there were so many unsolved problems- Mrs Chatham was hospitalized, her parents were extremely mad with her and her relationship with Mac was going through a rocky time. There were too many problems which needed a resolution once we got to the 5th last chapter, which lead to the book ending abruptly and it felt forced. Saint Anything was meant  to be a contemporary cutesy romance and at times I felt lost and nearly forgot about the romance of Mac and Sydney in the background. I think it could have been better if there were perhaps more moments to remind us about the romance.

Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything was a truly special read and I would love to read it again and again as it felt like a roller coaster. I can’t wait to read more of her other novels which I will definitely be picking up. I totally recommend this novel if you loved Stephanie Perkins. It was the perfect recipe for a book!

 

Mini TBR List and Update!

Hello!!!

School has been crazy and I haven’t really been writing as much as I would like. I promise to write more soon! I have a Bookmarks DIY coming soon which I am really excited about, I will also be reading a lot more as I haven’t been reading as much because I have been catching up with Teen Wolf :)! I am planning on reading a lot of book before June ends and that means more reviews!!! The new covers for the Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices are coming out soon and so I will be writing #mythoughtson them really soon.

It is also my birthday today. Haha! Yes, on memorial day but I am super excited!!! I am currently reading the Sweet Evil Trilogy, Half-Bad and The Sunlit Night. I am juggling three books which is something I haven’t done before but there is always a first!!! 🙂 Now for my mini TBR which will consists of the next five books I will be reading soon:

The Program by Suzanne Young
A new duology, The Program by Suzanne Young is a dystopian read. I have heard lots about this series and it seems really interesting. In revolves around the world of Sloane where an “epidemic” (Depression) has hit her country and Sloane and her boyfriend, James have got to keep fighting against their depression before they have to go through the Program, a place where many go to wipe out all their memories. I haven’t read a dystopian in ages and I think this one will get me back into the genre!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Or pretty much any Sarah Dessen contemporary. Famous for her contemporary romances, Sarah Dessen’s latest novel is Saint Anything.There is a lot of hype around her novels but yet I haven’t read any of them. Sydney is an overlooked girl in her family who spends most of her life worrying about her brother, Peyton’s reckless life. One day she finds a Mac’s family who welcome her with warm hands and Sydney finally feels like she belongs.

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
A fairly new trilogy, Marie Rutkoski Winner’s Trilogy is a series I have high up on my TBR list. It is a high fantasy and revolves around themes such as hierarchy and love. The main character Kestrel is a warrior and must choose between the military and marriage. She finds a human slave, Arin, for auction and buys him but it isn’t long before she falls in love with him

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist 
Is a novel similar to Popular by Maya Van Wagenen and is a real, true contemporary based on the author’s life. Josh Sundquist is a paraplegic who has been single for nearly his whole life and this story follow his investigation on how he ended up with his currently love life.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
The cover is so pretty!!! This book recently came out and I think it is part of Melissa Grey’s latest series. Apparently this novel is for fans of The Mortal Instruments and it revolves around a world hidden in New York (Yes, like City of Bones). The main character, Echo, has to try to end a long-going conflict before it is too late.

That’s all for my mini TBR List. I will definitely be posting a lot more in the future!

#lovebooks❤

Mini TBR List and Update!

Hello!!!

School has been crazy and I haven’t really been writing as much as I would like. I promise to write more soon! I have a Bookmarks DIY coming soon which I am really excited about, I will also be reading a lot more as I haven’t been reading as much because I have been catching up with Teen Wolf :)! I am planning on reading a lot of book before June ends and that means more reviews!!! The new covers for the Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices are coming out soon and so I will be writing #mythoughtson them really soon.

It is also my birthday today. Haha! Yes, on memorial day but I am super excited!!! I am currently reading the Sweet Evil Trilogy, Half-Bad and The Sunlit Night. I am juggling three books which is something I haven’t done before but there is always a first!!! 🙂 Now for my mini TBR which will consists of the next five books I will be reading soon:

The Program by Suzanne Young
A new duology, The Program by Suzanne Young is a dystopian read. I have heard lots about this series and it seems really interesting. In revolves around the world of Sloane where an “epidemic” (Depression) has hit her country and Sloane and her boyfriend, James have got to keep fighting against their depression before they have to go through the Program, a place where many go to wipe out all their memories. I haven’t read a dystopian in ages and I think this one will get me back into the genre!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Or pretty much any Sarah Dessen contemporary. Famous for her contemporary romances, Sarah Dessen’s latest novel is Saint Anything.There is a lot of hype around her novels but yet I haven’t read any of them. Sydney is an overlooked girl in her family who spends most of her life worrying about her brother, Peyton’s reckless life. One day she finds a Mac’s family who welcome her with warm hands and Sydney finally feels like she belongs.

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
A fairly new trilogy, Marie Rutkoski Winner’s Trilogy is a series I have high up on my TBR list. It is a high fantasy and revolves around themes such as hierarchy and love. The main character Kestrel is a warrior and must choose between the military and marriage. She finds a human slave, Arin, for auction and buys him but it isn’t long before she falls in love with him

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist 
Is a novel similar to Popular by Maya Van Wagenen and is a real, true contemporary based on the author’s life. Josh Sundquist is a paraplegic who has been single for nearly his whole life and this story follow his investigation on how he ended up with his currently love life.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
The cover is so pretty!!! This book recently came out and I think it is part of Melissa Grey’s latest series. Apparently this novel is for fans of The Mortal Instruments and it revolves around a world hidden in New York (Yes, like City of Bones). The main character, Echo, has to try to end a long-going conflict before it is too late.

That’s all for my mini TBR List. I will definitely be posting a lot more in the future!

#lovebooks❤