Saturday, October 14, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Thoughts at a glance: ***** (It was amazing!)

Summary: I honestly don't know how to sum it up better in my own words, so here's the official copy:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hold Me by Courtney Milan

While my blog post itself does not contain any sexual content, this book does. This is a review for a book that is meant for mature audiences, and therefore is unsuitable for minors.

Thoughts at a glance: ***** (It was amazing!)

Summary: Maria Lopez and Jay na Thalang are sworn enemies from the start. Jay, a professor at Berkeley, assumes that beautiful, glamorous Maria is a fake, shallow dolt; Maria, rightfully, thinks he's sexist and elitist. Every encounter between them after their first meeting is ferocious and full of fire.

Unbeknownst to either of them, they actually get along really well--online. Maria runs a popular blog, and Jay is one of her biggest fans, and for the past year and a half, they've been communicating under pseudonyms, Em and A. Their friendly messages have turned into flirtation, and their flirtation is slowly turning into love.

As sparks fly (not always in a good way) between Maria and Jay, Em and A grow closer. But eventually the truth will come out. Which version of their relationship will prevail?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Trade Me by Courtney Milan

While my blog post itself does not contain any sexual content, this book does. This is a review for a book that is meant for mature audiences, and therefore is unsuitable for minors.

Thoughts at a glance: **** (I really liked it)

Summary: Tina Chen has about fifteen dollars left in her bank account, and no time for any foolishness. She just wants to get her degree and become a doctor so that she can help take care of her family and their bills.

On a particularly bad day listening to privileged college students complaining about welfare and EBT, Tina loses it--on Blake Reynolds, who happens to be the son of the CEO of the Apple-like corporation, Cyclone Industries. She bets him that he wouldn't last one day with her life, and he takes her up on it: they will trade jobs, houses, salaries, responsibilities, etc. for the rest of the semester.

But things aren't exactly as they seem, as each discovers the difficulties of each other's lives. As Tina and Blake get to know each other, they realize also that their chemistry is too strong to deny, and that perhaps, each might be what the other needs.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

Thoughts at a glance: *** (I liked it)

Summary: Gabby and Ryan are an unlikely pair of best friends--Gabby is a loner who gets panic attacks and prefers to stay home and play Monopoly with her family on the weekends, while Ryan is a popular hockey player who loves to party and probably can't even remember all the girls he's hooked up with. And yet, they've somehow managed to stay best friends since they first met freshman year, going bowling and making Top Ten lists about everything under the sun.

Now they've just graduated, and their separation for college is looming just over the horizon. As we count down their Top Ten moments of their friendship, Gabby and Ryan need to confront their feelings and decide if they really want to be something more.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Thoughts at a glance: **** (I really liked it)

Summary: Dimple Shah is about to go to Stanford, to study web development. However, if you ask her mother, she's going to either find an Indian husband, or at least to make herself more marriageable. Dimple just wants to get away from the traditional expectations and the pressure, to achieve her dreams and make something of herself. So when the opportunity to go to an app development conference comes up, she goes for it.

Little does she know that her future husband (as arranged by their parents) is going to be there as well. Ever the good, dutiful son, Rishi Patel decides to attend the conference as well, in hopes of winning over his future wife.

The problem is... Dimple has NO idea who he is. She has no idea about ANY of this.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Thoughts at a glance: ***** (It was amazing!)

Summary: This is book... 6? 5.5? of the Throne of Glass series. Therefore, it will contain spoilers for all the previous books. If you would like to check out all my previous TOG reviews, please help yourself :)

Assassin's Blade (collection of prequel novellas)
Throne of Glass
Crown of Midnight
Heir of Fire
Queen of Shadows
Empire of Storms

You have been warned!!!

If you haven't read the series in a long time and need some refreshing, I would definitely recommend rereading "The Assassin and the Healer" from Assassin's Blade, as it introduces the character of Yrene Towers (one of the main characters in Tower of Dawn) and maybe also Queen of Shadows, which takes place right before TOD.

So, at the end of QOS, we have a small parting of ways. After the destruction of the glass castle in Rifthold and the subsequent revelations about Erawan and the greater threat to the world, Aelin and her crew (Rowan, Aedion, Lysandra, and eventually Dorian and Manon) go off on their way as shown in Empire of Storms, while Chaol and Nesryn head to the Southern Continent to see if they can drum up some allies for the war and to see if the healers at the Torre Cesme can get Chaol walking again after his spinal injury.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Audiobook review: Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series

Soulless is the first book of the series
I can't remember if I've ever discussed audiobooks before on this blog, at least in their own separate posts. (I may have mentioned previously how much I LOVE the audiobooks for The Illuminae Files, but they didn't get their own review.)

I love audiobooks, but I enjoy them most when I get something extra from the experience that I couldn't get while reading it, you know, traditionally. For me, that "something extra" usually relies really heavily on the narration-- I love different voices and emotion. (Am I weird? I only like to listen to audiobooks for books I've already read. Like watching a movie adaptation.)

And that's a big part of what I loved about Emily Gray's narration of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. Without getting into too much detail about the plot (at risk of spoilers), Gray had to distinguish between so many characters and their accents and personalities: the ever-practical English Alexia; the overemotional Scottish werewolf alpha, Lord Maccon; the English, soft-spoken beta, Professor Lyall; the English, flamboyantly fabulous vampire, Lord Akeldama; Madame LeFoux, the masculine-presenting French inventor; and so on, and so forth.

The novels (five in all), which I already loved anyway, really came alive for me through Gray's narration, and I think I blitzed through all the audiobooks even more quickly than I read them in book form. And then I had major book hangover when I was finished.

If you're looking for some supernatural steampunk fun, with lots of tea and parasols and one of my favorite book universes ever to exist, I would highly recommend these audiobooks, whether or not you've already read them.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cocky Chef by JD Hawkins

While my blog post itself does not contain any sexual content, this book does. This is a review for a book that is meant for mature audiences, and therefore is unsuitable for minors.

This book was provided to me for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for also providing the press kit with the graphics and blurb.

Thoughts at a glance: **** (I really liked it)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae

Disclaimers: while my blog post itself does not contain any sexual content, this book does. This is a review for a book that is meant for mature audiences, and therefore is unsuitable for minors.

This book was provided to me for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thoughts at a glance: *** (I liked it)

Summary: A year after her boyfriend Jared's death, Kennedy has finally come to his hometown of Lyra Valley to lay his ashes to rest. She doesn't quite feel ready to let go and can't bring herself to spread his ashes right away, so in the meantime, she gets to know some of the people from Jared's former life.

Including Aaron, Jared's former best friend, to whom she feels an instant attraction--followed by instant guilt. Aaron, too, tries hard to deny his feelings for Kennedy, considering how his friendship with Jared had ended so many years ago. But as Lyra Valley's thunderstorms keep throwing them together, they find that they can't stay away from each other and that really, they don't want to.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy anniversary, Harry Potter!

20 years ago today, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or the Sorceror's Stone, if you're American like me) made its entrance into the world, and THE WORLD HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME.

I'm a newer HP fan myself, having read them just a few years ago, but my love for this series is boundless, and even though I was late to the party as usual, it's a party I never want to leave.

*raises a glass of butterbeer*