Tiny Pretty Things

187102091Title: Tiny Pretty Things

Authors: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

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So, in short… THIS. BOOK.

The gist of it: backstabbing ballerinas, mental health issues, diversity, drama, and STRESS. It was oh, so wonderful. And, I might add SO ADDICTIVE. Continue reading

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Book Review ➳ Children of Eden by Joey Graffeca

29430620 Title/Author: Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa

Publisher: Atria Books

Genre: Dystopian

Synopsis: Rowan is a Second Child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Her kaleidoscope eyes will give her away to the ruthless Center government.

Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron al Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.

As an illegal Second Child, Rowan has been hidden away in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, restless and desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run – unleashing a chain of events that could change the world of Eden forever.

**A huge thank you to Atria Books for sending me a review copy of this book! This in no way affects my thoughts, feelings, or opinions.**

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Personally, I think that the biggest potential hindrance to a dystopian novel is that as the reader, you have to buy into it.

While logically speaking, I couldn’t quite get behind the concept of the future presented in Children of Eden, as I read further into the story, I warmed up to it and ending up loving the concept on a pure enjoyment level. There was intrigue within the world Graceffa created (i.e. a corrupt government–because this is a dystopian novel, after all), and I found that the world ended up being one of the most interesting parts of the novel. Continue reading

Review ➳ P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

25486998Title/Author: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Genre: YA contemporary romance

Publisher: Scholastic

Synopsis: Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mysteryand juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

***Thank you to Scholastic for providing me with an eARC of this book! This in no way affects my opinion of it.***

This book was adorable. In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical. The writing wasn’t particularly remarkable, and I had yet to get a sense of the plot or the characters. But, all of the sudden, I found myself falling a little bit in love with it, from the premise to the adorable romance, as well as the family and friend dynamics.  Continue reading

Recent Fantasy Reads: Mini Reviews ➳ HP and the Cursed Child, This Savage Song, & More

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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! Not having liked The Young Elites much (3/5 stars?), I only decided to give its sequel a try because of the oh-so-persistent Nani, our local Young Elites enthusiast. But I am so, so glad I did. The Rose Society wasn’t perfect, but I really enjoyed reading from Adelina’s point of view. It showcased her descent into a very black, very bad place, and although it was hard to watch her push people away and make bad choices, it was so, so deliciously devilish. Continue reading

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

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