Review: Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

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Synopsis

As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy – Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

 

My Review

“One thing I’ve learnt recently is that blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” 

It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I wasn’t too happy with the first book, I decided to still read ‚Girl Online: Going Solo‘. I liked the second book better than the first one and hoped that I’d maybe also like this book better than the second one. After finishing it though, I can say that this unfortunately wasn’t the case; but I still liked it and would put it on the same level as ‘Girl Online: On Tour’.

GOGS is a very quick and fun read. It’s a cute story and overall the entire Girl Online series is just a bunch of sweet books that are perfect for teenage girls. But even though I’m not a teenager anymore, I still enjoyed them so you shouldn’t shy away from these books only because you’ve already entered your twenties.

So overall, this was a great read but there were still a couple of things that bothered me. Unfortunately, I still felt like the main character Penny, was sometimes still acting quite childish for her age and at some points I felt like I was reading about a thirteen-year-old and not about a girl that’s almost seventeen. In my review of the second book, I also complained about the fact that she is a very clumsy character and a lot of the moments in which she was being her ‘clumsy self’ just felt very forced and unrealistic, as if Zoe Sugg was just trying her hardest to make Penny more relatable. In my opinion, this has definitely improved in this book and even though there were still one or two scenes in which it bothered me, she was less clumsy and her clumsy moments were definitely more realistic.

Another thing that bothered me was Sugg’s usage of ‘OK’ instead of just using ‘okay’. But I’ve already complained about that enough in my other reviews, especially in the one of the first book. I also still don’t know if it’s maybe just a common thing in the UK to write ‘OK’ instead of ‘okay’ because if that’s the case, I hope all of you that are from the UK can forgive me for being annoyed with it.

What I loved about this book though, is how it was once again set mainly in Brighton and this time featured a lot of places I’ve been to before. Reading about them just brought back so many great memories and made me really happy. It’s one of the things I just love about reading books set in places I’ve visited before and it just made reading GOGS even more enjoyable.

All in all, this was a good book and I’m glad I decided to read the entire series even though I didn’t really enjoy the first book. I decided to give ‘Girl Online: Going Solo’ 4 out of 5 stars and even though I enjoyed it, I still hope that this is the last part in this series because I think it’s a fitting conclusion to it.

Have you already read ‘Girl Online Going Solo’ and did you enjoy it? 🙂

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Review: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

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Synopsis

Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Candi Skye Thorn is a senior in high school and has been giving tarot readings for several years now. She doesn’t believe that she actually has psychic abilities but she knows a lot about the people at her school which helps her fake her readings. But when the town’s golden girl goes missing, she decides to help the police with her psychic visions because this time, she has some inside knowledge. Unfortunately though, things don’t go the way Skye expected them to go and suddenly the rest of her senior year is a lot more complicated than she thought it would be.

‘The Hanging Girl’ is the first one of Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I already know that it wasn’t the last one. I immediately fell in love with her writing style and I can’t wait to get more of it. If you’re looking for a great YA mystery thriller, this is the book you should choose.

It kept me on the edge of my seat and I just flew through it because I needed to know what was going to happen next. There are several major plot twists in this book and I didn’t see any of them coming. They were very well done and actually made me gasp. Another thing I loved about this book was that it has pretty short chapters. It may sound weird but that’s actually a big plus for me. When I need to take a break for some unexpected reason, I just hate having to stop reading a book in the middle of a chapter just because I would have to read another thirty pages to get to the next one.

The only thing that bothered me a little was that the characters just felt a little flat. I didn’t really feel connected with any of them, not even with Skye even though the book was written from her point of view. But this is just a minor thing and it definitely didn’t destroy my reading experience.

All in all, this was a great book and I really, really enjoyed it. I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend you get yourself a copy once it comes out. I’m definitely going to get myself a copy of her other book ‘Without Malice’ now because it’s been on my tbr ever since it came out and it’s time to finally read it!

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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Synopsis

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

 

My Review

“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?” 

I started reading ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ because I felt like a reading slump was heading my way and a couple of people told me that this would be the perfect book to read in such a situation. And it actually is because this was such a quick read and I finished it in less than a day. It’s also a perfect summer read that you can enjoy while spending your time on the beach.

But even though it was a cute book, it was also very cliché and often quite predictable. But that wasn’t the worst thing about this book because it’s something I can usually live with. The worst thing was definitely the main character, Belly. She was such an annoying character and such a whiny little brat. I know that this is a coming of age novel and many girls that age might tend to behave like her but in my opinion, she was just way over to the top. She was complaining so much, she literally made me want to rip my hair out at some points.

Belly was constantly going on about how badly the boys were treating her, how they were always treating her like a child (though she was the one that constantly acted like a 9-year-old) and how they never asked her to come along when going somewhere. She literally made them responsible for everything she didn’t like, for example how she didn’t know anyone in the town they spend their summer breaks in because it would’ve been their job to take her to parties … like seriously though, what the hell? She can walk and talk, she should’ve left the house herself and made her own friends in that town instead of spending all her summer sulking because the three boys just preferred doing their own things.

She was literally such a pain in the neck, I think she was even more annoying than America from the Selection series and I actually thought that was impossible.

All of this just made me feel like I was way too old for this book and I really don’t know if I’ll actually continue this series even though I liked the other characters. I loved Conrad, Jeremiah and Steven and I also think that this book was generally very well written. But because of the main character and the fact that I felt a little too old for the entire story, I can only give TSITP 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(PS: I’m sorry about the fact that half of this review is just me complaining about the MC but she was literally driving me insane!)

Have you already read ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Fraternize by Rachel van Dyken

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Synopsis

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to Skyscape for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Emerson and Miller used to be best friends. But when Miller moved away at the beginning of their senior year, the two stopped talking to each other. They both think the other one is responsible for their loss of contact and so they don’t see each other until their ways coincidentally cross again six years later. Now Emerson is a cheerleader for the Bellevue Bucks, a successful football team, and Miller joins the team as a player. Their childhood dream has come true but the circumstances are a little different than they thought they’d be. Will the two end up as lovers, friends or enemies?

‘Fraternize’ is a very quick read and I finished it within less than a day. The book immediately captivated me and I really enjoyed it. I loved Rachel van Dyken’s writing style and you can clearly see that this isn’t the first book she published. It was so well written that I think I’ll check out some of her other works now because she seems to be a very talented author. I also immediately fell in love with the characters she created and I’m so glad I found a book about the relationship of a cheerleader and a player that wasn’t about the usual stick thin, bitchy cheerleader you normally find in similar books.

All in all, this is a very quick and enjoyable read and I’d definitely recommend it to everyone who’s looking for a good new adult romance novel. I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars and I’m definitely interested in reading the second part of this series which will be published in January.

Have you already read ‘Fraternize’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Begin Again by Mona Kasten

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Synopsis

He makes the rules. She breaks them all.

A new start. It’s the only thing keeping Allie Harper going, when she packs up her life and moves across the country to Woodshill, Oregon. She’s about to start college, desperate to leave the ghosts of her past behind her. Even if that means never talking to her parents again.

Now the hard part – finding an apartment before classes start. Just when it seems she’ll have to live out of her car, Allie visits one more place. It’s beautiful. With one exception: can she stand being roommates with campus bad boy Kaden White? Sure, Kaden is sexy with his tattoos and careless attitude, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. With nowhere else to go, Allie moves in.

The first thing Kaden does is make a set of rules. Either Allie obeys, or she’s out:

1. Don’t talk about your girl problems.
2. Keep your mouth shut if I bring someone home.
3. We will NEVER hook up.

Easy enough, thinks Allie. Who would want to get involved with a brute like Kaden? But the more she gets to know him, the more she sees beyond his gruff facade. He, too, is harboring some painful secrets. For Kaden and Allie, it gets harder and harder to ignore the sparks between them. And the lines between the rules start to blur-

Begin Again is a beautiful romance that shows us just how possible it is to start over. To find freedom in heartbreak and love in the most unlikely places

 

My Review

*Thanks again to Bastei Entertainment for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I’ve been meaning to read ‘Begin Again’ by Mona Kasten for a very long time now. This book was originally published in German and so I’d already heard a lot of positive things from my friends and other German book bloggers. The only reason I actually never picked it up is because I don’t really like reading German books even though I’m German myself. Sounds weird but that’s just how it is. So naturally, I was very excited when I found out that ‘Begin Again’ had been translated into English and was incredibly happy when I received an ARC of it.

‘Begin Again’ tells the story of Allie and Kaden. When Allie moves to college, she’s looking for a room to rent but can’t find a fitting one until she checks out the spare room in Kaden’s apartment. The problem is that he actually doesn’t want to live together with a girl but Allie can be very convincing and so Kaden lets her move in anyway. But he has a couple of rules, one of which is that the two will never hook up. Naturally though, they start feeling attracted to each other and have to deal with their feelings while at the same time having to deal with their dark pasts.

I really enjoyed reading the book and it was such a quick read. ‘Begin Again’ has a great plot and it’s a book you can easily read in one sitting because it will captivate you. It made me laugh a lot and I’ll definitely add it to my list of books I reread when I just need something that will make me happy. I also immediately fell in love with the two main characters, Kaden and Allie, but also really loved some of the secondary characters like Spencer, Dawn and Scott and hope we will get to read more about them in the sequel.

I know that many people also absolutely love Mona Kasten’s writing style but I personally felt like that was the only thing I can say something negative about regarding this book. I can’t even specifically tell you what I didn’t like about it but there were just a couple of things that bothered me and I feel like there’s still room for improvement. But as far as I know this is one of the very first novels she ever published and I’m confident that her writing will get better with every additional book she’ll publish in the future.

All in all, I really liked this book and I’m very glad it was finally translated into English so that more people have the chance to read it. I’m going to deduct one star because of her writing and give ‘Begin Again’ 4 out of 5 stars.