May 2016 Wrap-Up

#Of Books Read: 8

When We Collided1.When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided Full Review

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: April 5, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A lovely YA-Contemporary which brings up discussion on mental health & makes family a major part of the story. Jonah & Vivi’s relationship as it progresses, helps them both when they reach difficulties and come to grow because of it! My only issue was that at points I found it difficult to connect w/ Vivi!

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The Crowns Game Full ARC Review

Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Release Date: May 17,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A magical debut!! Through the writing style you really come to understand the world! The characters were all developed wonderfully & the ending definitely left me wanting the sequel!

Giant Days Vol.13.Giant Days Volume 1 by John Allison Review

Giant Days Vol. 1 Full Review

Publisher: Boom! Box

Release Date: December 1, 2015

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Loved this comic so much! ❤ It tells the story of 3 girls who become quick friends in their first few weeks of college & all the crazy adventures they go on!

9781608868049_084824.Giant Days Volume 2 by John Allison Review

Giant Days Vol. 2 Full Review

Publisher: Boom! Box

Release Date: April 12, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: This volume definitely focused more on the girl’s academics and relationships! While I did enjoy the more serious route, I still felt I needed to see more of the adventures these girls went on + the differing art-style 1/2 way through didn’t make this feel the same as Volume 1!

The Unexpected Everything5.The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything Full Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Release Date: May 3,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This YA-Contemporary centers around Andie & what happens when her summer doesn’t go as planned! If your looking for a summer read w/ friendship/family I highly recommend this! My only issue was the length & at points the story’s pacing was quite slow!

Princless Vol. 16/7. Princless Volumes 1 & 2 by Jeremy Whitley

Princless Volume 1 & 2 Full Review

Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment INC.

Release Date: Vol.1-April 1,2014 (Encore Edition)

Vol.2-June 26,2013

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A great comic series centering around princess Adrienne who decides not only to save herself but her other sisters while  making friends along the way! There’s girl power, friendship & adventure! Highly recommend it!

CS0BSVEXIAAAwDn8.The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4)

Full Review To Come

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: April 26,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Still debating between 4/4.5, but after thinking about I may leave it 4! A wonderful conclusion to a unique and captivating series! There was so much character development & the plot kept me turning the page! There were a few questions I still wanted answered by the end, but overall it was a satisfying conclusion!

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When We Collided by Emery Lord Review

When We CollidedWhen We Collided by Emery Lord

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Pages: 352

Summary: We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I’ve only read one other Emery Lord book, The Start Of Me & You!

Comparing the two, I realize that what makes her books so great is how realistic and flawed she makes her characters!

This can definitely be seen by the family issues that the characters encounter in the novel!

+ I also loved how Vivi/Jonah’s relationship developed! It was quite a unique development & I loved reading every moment of it!

Through her writing she truly paints Jonah/Vivi’s worlds & how much they change each other as the story progresses!

I really loved the descriptions of Verona Cove! I truly felt I could immerse myself in the setting and picture the diner, the beach, etc.

Emery did a wonderful job at differing Jonah/Vivi’s POVs. I felt I could truly understand each of them & the issues/problems they were working so hard to fix!

+ family is such a huge part of this novel and is done wonderfully + side characters you don’t expect, become such integral parts of the story too!

I did take away a star b/c at points I found it difficult to connect/follow Vivi’s POV

b/c she just has a lot going on in her head at once.

+ by the end when Vivi decides to move, I found her letter/gift to Jonah beautiful but the abrupt ending bittersweet 😥

Overall this novel took me by surprise!

Jonah and Vivi find each other when they need it most and help each other to overcome their personal obstacles!

If you loved/read I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, I think you would really enjoy this novel too b/c of the similar writing style & character dynamics!

+ if you are looking for a YA Contemporary w/ discussion of mental illness + beautiful writing, I highly recommend When We Collided!

April 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here Are The April Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens April 5

1.When We Collided by Emery Lord

*Currently Reading*

SummaryMeet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

 

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Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers April 12

2. A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce & Subtle Poison Spoiler-Free ARC Review

Summary: Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

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Publisher: HarperTeen April 12

3. Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Summary: For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

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Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers April 12

4. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

Summary: When eleven-year-old Thyme Owens’ little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it’s just the second chance that he needs. But it also means the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme’s best friend and everything she knows and loves. The island of Manhattan doesn’t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary.

After Val’s treatment shows real promise and Mr. Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours, and days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.

The Passion Of Dolssa
Publisher: Viking Books For YR April 12

5. The Passion Of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Summary: I must write this account, and when I have finished, I will burn it.

Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too.

Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas.

When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.

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Publisher: St.Martins Griffin April 26

6.The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.