My (Not So) Mid-Year Book Freakout

Okay… admittedly we’re well over halfway through 2016 (crazy, right??), but I’ve seen this tag circulating around, and it looked like a fun way to show off some of my new favorites and look back on the books I’ve read so far this year! So far, I’ve read a total of 53 books, some of which were instant favorites, some of which were big disappointments. So sit back, relax, and let’s get on to the tag, shall we?

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It’s always impossible to choose a favorite, but out of all of the books I’ve had the pleasure of reading in 2016, I would have to say that my favorite “me” book was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. This book stole my heart, and I conquered the 500-page beast in 2 days. Everything was perfect–the atmosphere, the characters, the relationships–just everything. If youhaven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet, I highly, highly recommend you pick it up. Continue reading

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Review ➳ It Ends With Us

27362503Title/Author: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Genre: New Adult romance / contemporary

Publisher: Atria Books

Synopsis: Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

**Thank you to Atria Books for providing me with a review copy! This in no way affects my thoughts or opinions on it.**

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Wow. Okay. Wow. This book was so incredibly… wow. It was raw, it was real, it was emotional, and it was honest. Continue reading

Review ➳ Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

19547856Title: Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Contemporary LGBTQ

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was the fastest I’ve gobbled up a book in a long time, and I completely loved it. There was something so sweet and utterly perfect about this book that just had me turning its pages two at a time, wanting more and more of Simon Spier. Continue reading

Review ➳ The Regulars

27276283Title/Author: The Regulars by Georgia Clark

Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Synopsis: A fierce, feisty, and “wonderfully entertaining” (Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies) debut with a magical twist about three ordinary, regular girls who suddenly have their fantasies come true…or do they?

Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.

Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well…gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.

But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:

What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

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**Thank you to Atria Books for providing me with an ARC of The Regulars! This in no way affects my review or opinion of the book**

When I initially read the plot of this book, I was intrigued, to say the least. Pretty in a bottle? Sounds like something every girl wishes for now and then. And I have to say, plot and theme-wise, this story really delivered. Continue reading

Review ➳ Queen of Shadows

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Title/Author: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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Considering that I bought this book on the release date, I’m a little late to the reviewing train. But, I have a lot of things I want to discuss about this book, and better late than never, right?

First off, I’m just going to say it: This was not my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. Of course I enjoyed it immensely. Of course I still loved it. But… there was something holding me back from falling as completely in love with this book as I did the others. Continue reading