Review: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Various Authors

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Synopsis

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

 

My Review

*Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars

Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story.

Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 3.5 stars

I once again didn’t like the POV but unlike the first story, this one was very well written and also a lot more interesting.

Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: 3 stars

This time, I really liked the POV the author chose for this story and I also really liked Ibi Zoboi’s writing style. I just think that ‘Hourglass’ was a little boring.

Click by Katharine McGee: 4 stars

I loved the idea of this short story and also think it was very well written. I would even be interested in reading more of this because it was just so interesting.

The Intern by Sara Shepard: 4.25 stars

‘The Intern’ was a cute and gripping story and I would definitely be interested in reading more of it. I also really liked the characters and Sara Shepard’s writing style.

Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: 1.5 stars

Unfortunately, this was my least favorite short story from this anthology. I really loved how the main character of this story was transgender because you don’t get to see that very often but I just feel like the entire plot was a complete disaster. The whole story was extremely confusing and at the end of it, I still hadn’t completely understood how all the characters were related to each other and what was actually going on. ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ was just very boring and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this.

The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: 4.5 stars

‘The Way We Love Here’ was a very interesting story and I loved the plot. I also immediately fell in love with the characters and would be interested in reading more about them.

Oomph by Emery Lord: 4.75 stars

This was such a cute story and I would love to read more about how their story continues once they both live in New York. I also loved Emery Lord’s writing style and I think I will definitely go and check out some of her other books because I’d never heard about her prior to reading this anthology.

The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5 stars

This was definitely my favorite story out of all the ones featured in this anthology. I just loved the characters and the whole idea with the library. It would’ve been great if this story had been a lot longer.

The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: 4 stars

I loved the idea of writing this like a statistics project and also think this was very well written. The plot was interesting and I also really liked the characters. A great short story.

259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: 4 stars

This was an interesting story and I liked how it had a little bit of a different ending from all the other stories. Furthermore, I also really liked how it was written from the male main characters point of view.

Something Real by Julie Murphy: 3.5 stars

This was such a cute, little, fun story that was very well written and had an ending which I think was really interesting.

Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 2.5 stars

I once again just didn’t like the POV of this story and also think it was a little boring even though it was still cute.

The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: 3 stars

I loved the idea of the ‘Department of Love’ but even though this was an interesting story, I also thought it was quite boring at some points.

Overall, this was probably one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and it’s definitely a great anthology that deserves to be read!

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November Wrap-Up

Happy December!

Another month is over and we’ve entered the last month of this year which is crazy since I feel like 2017 has only just started. But this also means that it’s time for my last wrap-up of the year because my December wrap-up probably won’t be posted until early January 2018. Even though I had to start prepping for finals this month, I still managed to read 8 books in November which I’m extremely happy about. The 8 books had a total of 2,884 pages and on average I gave them 3.88 stars.

If you want to know more about any of the books, just click on the corresponding book cover.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // 5 stars

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The first book I read last month was “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak which is a book I’d been meaning to read for several years now. I immediately fell in love with this novel and think everyone should read it at least once in their life. The plot is incredibly interesting, it’s very well written and it even made me cry. There’s no way I could’ve ever given this book less than 5 stars.

Animal Farm by George Orwell // 3 stars

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Another book that had been on my TBR for several years was “Animal Farm” and I’m so happy I managed to read it this month. I didn’t fall in love with this book but I definitely liked it. The plot was interesting and it was very well written. But I just feel like I’d never reread this book which is why I only gave it 3 stars.

One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon // 2.5 stars

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably already know that I love reading Paige Toon’s books. Based on some of my ratings of her book, you probably wouldn’t think I enjoy them, but I definitely do. I even loved “One Perfect Summer” despite only giving it 2.5 stars. Her books are always such quick reads and overall I really enjoy reading them. I just once again felt like parts of the book were way too slow and the ending was too short. Furthermore, the plot was a little unrealistic which is why I only gave this 2.5 stars. But it was just what I needed when I read it which is why I still loved it despite the low rating.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // 5 stars

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When I was in 11th grade, we went to the movies and watched “The Great Gatsby”. I loved it and knew that I still wanted to read the book but I just kept forgetting about it. Earlier in November though, 4 years after I’d seen the movie, I found the DVD at the library, took it home with me and immediately grabbed the book from my shelf to read it before rewatching the movie and I’m so happy I did it. The book was amazing and so incredibly entertaining. I definitely liked it even more than I liked the movie.

Meet Cute: Some people are destined to meet by various authors // 5 stars

34203859This was definitely one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and I’m still so happy I was sent an arc of this. This anthology includes 14 stories about first meetings and many of the short stories feature lgbtq+ characters which I think is amazing. My  favorite story was definitely story 9 by … and I’d recommend this anthology to anyone who loves reading young adult romance books.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Meet Cute’ will be published on January 2nd, 2018.

Trust Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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Back in September I was sent an ARC of ‘Begin Again’, the first book in this trilogy by Mona Kasten. I had actually planned on waiting for the other two books to be translated into English but when I saw ‘Trust Again’ and ‘Feel Again’ at the library earlier in November, I spontaneously decided to take them home with me. When I read the English version of the first book in this series, I was really struggling with her writing style and I just wanted to see if I liked it better when reading the original German versions of the books. Unfortunately, I didn’t and I’m still not the biggest fan of her writing but I nevertheless really enjoyed ‘Trust Again’ because it was such a quick and entertaining read.

Feel Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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While reading ‘Feel Again’ I was once again struggling with Kasten’s writing style. But just like ‘Trust Again’, this book was so incredibly entertaining and I literally flew through it. I also think that the protagonists in this book were probably my favorite ones of the series and I highly recommend you read this trilogy once the second and the third book have also been translated into English.

Busted by Gina Ciocca // 4 stars

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The last book I read in November was another ARC and I’m so happy this was sent to me because I really enjoyed reading it. ‘Busted’ is a beautiful young adult romance novel which is very well written and features some lovely characters.

Click here to check out my full review! ‘Busted’ will be published on January 2nd, 2018.

How many books did you manage to read in November and which one was your favorite? 🙂

Review: Busted by Gina Ciocca

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Synopsis

Catching cheaters and liars is a lucrative hobby—until you fall for one of the suspects. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, this new novel from the author of Last Year’s Mistake will steal your heart!

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn’t like she wanted to catch her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

And her next case? It’s for ex-frenemy Kendall. She’s convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation—and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take “cheater” to a whole new level…

 

My Review

*Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!* 

In “Busted”, Gina Ciocca’s newest novel, the main character Marisa coincidentally catches her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Actually, she didn’t plan on ever catching a cheater again but when her ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, Marisa just can’t say no. But what happens when she realizes that she’s slowly but surely falling for the guy she’s spying on and that he’s falling for her as well?

When I first read the synopsis of ‘Busted’, I was immediately intrigued by it and knew that I definitely had to read this book. It’s a beautiful young adult romance book and if you’re looking for a quick and enjoyable read, you should definitely give this one a try.

The novel has a very entertaining plot and there were no unnecessary, protracted parts that could’ve bored me. I also really liked the characters and Gina Ciocca’s writing style. This was the first one of her books I’ve read, but I’m sure it wasn’t the last one.

The only “negative” think I can say about “Busted” is that it definitely reminded me of some other young adult books I’ve read and so it’s probably not a book that will absolutely blow your mind. But like I said, I still really enjoyed reading “Busted” and I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Synopsis

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My Review

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ is a book I’ve been meaning to read for years now and I was so happy I finally got around to it. I decided to read it in October because I expected it to be a creepy read that would get me in the mood for Halloween, but instead I was thoroughly disappointed. I wanted to love the book so badly due to how hyped it is but in the end, I had to DNF it at 51% because I just couldn’t get myself to read another page of it.

The first half of this book was incredibly boring and extremely slow. I know that some people enjoy reading slow books and I don’t usually have a problem with a book being slower than most others but I had so many moments in which I put the book down to take a break because nothing was happening at all. I also really liked the idea of the book prior to reading it and think it would’ve had a lot of potential if it had been done in a different way. I kind of just don’t understand why this is an entire trilogy if the first book is so slow that it might’ve been better to put part of the second book into the first one.

I was also very intrigued by the photos included in this book and thought they would add a lot to the story. But after reading most of the book, I feel like the photos actually interrupted my reading flow and I could’ve sometimes done without them. For one, I felt like someone had just found the photos and decided to build a book around it. I often felt like the author just needed to find some sort of story for the photo even though it didn’t really work with the rest of the book and felt a little far-fetched or redundant. Furthermore, I also didn’t like how each of the photos was thoroughly described before I turned the page and was able to take a look at it. I would’ve preferred it if I had had the chance to look at the pictures myself, discover all the little details about it and imagine my own story for the character before reading the author’s version of it. Reading through thorough descriptions of several photos and then turning the page and seeing all of them in a row just really interrupted the story for me and it just began to annoy me after some time.

One more thing that made me DNF this book was the main character. For me, main characters are an important part of books because I get to follow their story. And if I don’t like a main character, the plot can be incredibly well done and I still won’t be able to thoroughly enjoy it. Unfortunately, the main character from MPHFPC was arrogant and so ungrateful, I just wanted to throw the book out of the window. He’s such a brat and literally takes everything for granted. He is constantly complaining about his job at a drug store (which he has because he’s going to inherit part of the company one day) and also constantly complains about his parents (even though they do everything for him, allow him anything and even pay for a three-week trip to the UK to look at a freaking house). There are people out there who are struggling with money and much worse problems in their life and he still thinks everyone else got it better than him. I understand that authors don’t always want to create characters that everyone falls in love with but this was just so infuriating and unnecessary.

All in all, I just didn’t enjoy this book and can’t give it more than 1 out of 5 stars. But I just want to say that I don’t want to stop any of you from giving it a try anyways. This has received a lot of amazing reviews already and there are people out there who love it a lot. So maybe you might love it even though I hated it. We all have different tastes in books and I don’t want to sound like I’m telling everyone to not touch this book or hurt anyone who’s loved this one a lot.

Have you already read “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and what did you think about it? 🙂

Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover [SPOILER ALERT]

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Synopsis

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 

My Review

{Attention: This review includes spoilers!}

I know that Colleen Hoover’s books are usually either a hit or miss for most people. For me though, they’ve mostly been a hit so far, so you can imagine how dissappointed I was when I realized how much I was disliking ‘Without Merit’.

This book is an absolute mess. That’s the only way I can describe it. ‘Without Merit’ deals with all kinds of different topics like anxiety, despression, suicide, sexuality, abuse, terminal illnesses, the Syrian refugee crisis and romance. But none of the topics were properly dealt with and it kind of seemed like the author didn’t even really know what she was writing about. I just felt like she simply added all these topics to the book to make sure that as many people as possible could relate to it and that she would sell as many copies as possible.

But one of the worst things about the book were the characters themselves (and not only because of their absolutely ridiculous names that almost made me throw the book out of the window). There’s literally no character that is even remotely likable. I usually think it’s important to not only create nice characters but also some the reader can dislike but in this book, all the characters were selfish idiots that kept doing horrible things and got away with it. It’s a thing that has been bothering me about some of her other books as well, but it’s just never been as bad as it is in ‘Without Merit’. I feel like her characters just never have to face the consequences of anything they do which is incredibly unrealistic and might give some of her younger readers false ideas about real life.

I could now keep writing about several scenes in this book that made me give it only 1 star like the moment in which Merit let a random stranger kiss her and thought it’s a great thing, or the moment in which she tells her step-uncle that the whole gay thing he’s experimenting with is turning him sentimental (even though she knows he’s bisexual) or the moment in which Hoover thought it would be a good idea to use the brother that forces his sister to kiss him to turn himself straight again as a plot twist but I just don’t have the energy to spend the next hours writing this review.

All in all, there’s actually only one good thing I can say about this book which is that it was once again a very quick read. But still, it wasn’t as gripping as her other books and even before all the shitty things began happening, something already felt off about this novel which is why I just can’t give this more than 1 star.

Have you already read “Without Merit” and what did you think about it? 🙂