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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September Wrap-Up

Hello everybody,

September is over and it’s once again time for a monthly wrap-up. I hope you had a great month and got a lot of reading done! In September I managed to read 12 books with a total of 4,453 pages and on average I gave them 3.75 stars. I’m very happy with that but I also went back to uni this month, so the last few wrap-ups of this year will probably be a little shorter!

If you want to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

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Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon // 3 stars

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The first book I read in September was ‘Johnny Be Good’ by Paige Toon. She’s slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite authors because all her books are just such quick and enjoyable reads. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite of her books I’ve read so far but I still enjoyed it. There were just a couple of things that bothered me. The book was very slow around the middle and there are a couple of scenes that could’ve just been taken out of it. The plot was also quite predictable and the female main character was way too annoying and naive for my liking.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover // 5 stars

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Since I felt like a reading slump was heading my way, I then decided to reread one of my favorite new adult romance books, ‘Ugly Love’. I absolutely adore this book and loved it just as much as I did when I read it for the first time. I finished it within a few days and it definitely prevented me from getting into a reading slump.

Click here to read my full review!

Binge by Tyler Oakley // 4 stars

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I usually don’t read books by youtubers but I found this one at a second-hand book store for a few bucks and just had to check it out. I absolutely used to love watching Tyler Oakley’s videos and even though I’m not really interested in what he’s uploading at the moment, I still think he has a great character which really reflected in this book. In it he shares stories about his life and some of them were incredibly hilarious. This book was really entertaining and overall, I have to say that this is actually a youtuber book that is worth buying (as long as you have seen his videos before).

Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon // 4 stars

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Like I’ve said before, Paige Toon is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors and towards the middle of the month, I once again felt in the mood for an entertaining and quick romance read. Since Toon often mentions characters from earlier books in her novels, I decided to read them in the order in which they were published and ‘Pictures of Lily’ was next on the list. I really enjoyed this book and read it within only two days. There weren’t any major things that bothered me about it, I only wish the ending would’ve been a little longer and we would’ve gotten to read more about Lily and the man she chose in the end.

Begin Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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Begin Again was the first ARC I read this month and I was super excited for it. I’d already heard a lot of good things in advance because this is a book that was originally published in German and has finally been translated into English. I really enjoyed ‘Begin Again’ and it was such a quick read! I loved the characters but unfortunately had a little bit of a problem with the writing style. I think there was still some room for improvement but this one was one of the first novels she’s ever published, so I’m sure she’ll get better and better with every additional book she’ll publish in the future.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Begin Again’ will be published on October 10th.

Fraternize by Rachel van Dyken // 4 stars

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I decided to read another one of my ARCs right after the last one and definitely didn’t regret my decision. This was also a very quick read and I absolutely loved the story. Unlike ‘Begin Again’ this book was extremely well written, but Rachel van Dyken has already published a lot of books and you could clearly see that. The characters were great and overall it was very entertaining read. I’ll definitely check out its sequel once it comes out.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Fraternize’ was published on September 12th.

Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg // 4 stars

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It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I didn’t completely fall in love with the first two books, I still wanted to finish the series. At the beginning of the month I then found a copy of it at a used book store and just took it as a sign that I had to immediately read it. Just like the first two parts, this book was a very quick and fun read. I read it within a day and even though there were some things that really bothered me, I’m still glad I decided to finish this series and think it was a good conclusion to it.

If you want to know more about the things that bothered me (and what I enjoyed), click here to read my full review!

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall // 3 stars

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I was looking for another quick read and stumbled upon this book on my sister’s bookshelf which only has a little more than 200 pages. I managed to read it within a few hours and it ended up being a really cute story that I definitely enjoyed. The only thing that bothered me was that it was extremely predictable. After the first 50 pages I already knew how the book would end.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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The ‘Silber Trilogy’ is a series I’ve been meaning to read for several years now but that I always kept forgetting about. I absolutely loved the ‘Gem Trilogy’ by Kerstin Gier and was really hoping this series would just be as good as her other one. I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, but after finishing it I already knew that I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as her other trilogy. I did like the idea of the book and also fell in love with some of the characters but it kind of bothered me how similar the main character was to the one from the ‘Gem Trilogy’ and that it felt a little like she was a copy of her.

Dream On by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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‘Dream On’ is the second part in the ‘Silber Trilogy’ and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first one. It was once again a very quick read and this time I also started to really connect to the characters! I was really glad I actually decided to continue this series and was excited to see how it would end.

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier // 2 stars

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‘Just Dreaming’ is the third and last part of this trilogy but unfortunately, it was my least favorite part of the series. I had a whole list of things I was hoping would happen in this book but none of them did. Instead, the first 90% of this book were incredibly boring and I would’ve definitely put the book down if i hadn’t enjoyed the beginning of this trilogy. That’s why i decided to give the novel 2 stars! 1 star for the last 10% of the book, which were really interesting and gripping, and the other star for some of the characters that I’d fallen in love with while reading the books.

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook // 4 stars

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‘The Hanging Girl’ is the third ARC I read this month and my first ‘scary read’ of the year. It was the first one of  Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I immediately fell in love with her writing style. I also really enjoyed the book itself and the story just kept me at the edge of my seat. There were some amazing plot twists in it and I literally didn’t see any of them coming. Overall, I loved the book but was a little disappointed by the characters since they felt a little flat and I didn’t connect with any of them. Still, this is the perfect book if you’re looking for a good YA mystery thriller.

Click here to read my full review! ‘The Hanging Girl’ will be published on October 3rd.

How many books did you manage to read in September and which of them was your favorite? 🙂

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? 🙂