[Book Review] Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi


Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a -year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Quick Stats

Page Length: 336
Publication Year: 2011
Characters: Adam Kent, Juliette Ferrars, and Aaron Warner Anderson


The as we know it is over, 17 year old Juliette has been taken away from society because her touch is deadly. She has spent the last 4 years in solitary confinement that the Establishment has put her in and now they want to use her as a weapon.

I didn’t love or hate this book, it peaked my interest though and that’s what kept me reading. Juliette’s ability is intriguing and I’m eager to learn more about it. Adam is one of the other main characters and I really feel like this book didn’t even properly touch on what is really going on with him.

Overall I think that it was a good opening book but I really wanted more story, so I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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My Rating 3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟



[Book Review] Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

Quick Stats

Page Length: 340
Publication Date: April 5th 2018 by Ink Road
(first published September 26th 2017)
Characters: Kiko, Jamie


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story totally blew me away. I have to say that I was mainly drawn to this book because of how gorgeous the cover is, so I didn’t have any preconceived notions about the story.

Kiko is half Japanese and lives with her 2 brothers and her Mother. Kiko has never felt like she fits in and her mother reinforces this by making her feel like she is not enough. Kiko dreams of going to Prism an art school in New York but when she doesn’t get accepted she embarks on a trip to California with a childhood friend to check out art schools on the West Coast.

This book really sick you in, I felt a certain kinship with Kiko, she is not a people person and finds social situations to be uncomfortably awkward. What this book is really about is accepting yourself and for Kiko this is the biggest challenge that she faces. Her mother constantly puts her down and in general her behavior towards Kiko is abhorrent, she totally disregards Kiko’s Japanese heritage and makes her feel that the only way you can be beautiful is if you are runway model perfect.

When Kiko leaves home for California and gets away from her mother she is finally able to find start seeing that beauty comes in many forms and starts to accept herself. She get’s’ to explore her Asian side and finds a place where she doesn’t feel like an outcast.

Readin this book brought a tear to my eye on more than one occasion, it touches on subjects that lots of people go through and I feel like Kiko’s character is very relatable. Her journey of self-discovery and acceptance is bittersweet that has lots ups and downs but I loved every single page.

“I don’t have to be white to be beautiful, just like I don’t have to be Asian to be beautiful. Because beauty doesn’t come in one mold.”

This truly a great read, that I would recommend you read because if you don’t you’ll be missing out.

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My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

About the Author


Akemi Dawn Bowman is the author of Starfish (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster) and Summer Bird Blue (Fall 2018). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast, who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social sciences from UNLV. Originally from Las Vegas, she currently lives in England with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix. She is represented by Penny Moore of Empire Literary.


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[Book Review] The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy.

The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!

Quick Stats

Book Length: 546
Publication Date: 2013
Characters:  Mara Dyer, Noah Shaw


This book was just as addictive as the first one!

Mara knows she’s not crazy, Noah is different too and she’s not alone. Now all she has to do is convince everyone else around her that she is normal, all the while trying to figure out what Jude wants and keeping her family safe from him.

I really don’t know where to begin, usually, I have some idea about what direction a story is going to go in, but this was on another level. I had such a hard time trying to figure out what the hell was going on, it made some really addictive reading.

Mara’s growth is slow and steady you can really feel all the emotions and struggles that she goes through. I liked how Noah was her constant rock, the more I read of him the more I like. I have a real feeling that he is way more messed up than Mara is.

Overall Ir really enjoyed this volume, I look forward to reading the final book in this trilogy.


My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

[Book Review] The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin​


Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Quick Stats

Page Length: 480
Publication Year: 2012
Characters: Mara, Noah,


First of all: O.M.G. My actual expression after finishing book ⬇️



The last time a book left me feeling this way was when I read Nocte. This book kept me gripped right to the very end. The story starts with Mara being involved in an accident that kills her two friends and boyfriend, she wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. Soon after she starts experiencing hallucinations other strange things. With everything that has happened Mara and her family moves to Florida for a fresh start. Mara starts at a new school and meets a guy called Noah who has his own secrets. Mara continues to experience creepy hallucinations and has dream memories of what happened the night her friends died. It’s in those memories that she finally learns the truth about what happened.

I loved how much of a mind f*@k  this story was. It really sucks you in, I was desperate to find out what the hell was going on. I enjoyed how the story was told which is kind of hard to explain but it has a sort of dreamlike quality to it, which made figuring out the story that much harder. It was one of those rare times where I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next.

I really felt for Mara, to go through what she was experiencing must have been terrifying and lonely. At times it was hard to figure whether what she was experiencing was real or just a figment of her imagination. I’m still not sure how I feel about Noah, he has a likable charm about him and you do find out a lot about him but I still feel there is so much more to his character that we haven’t seen yet.

Overall this was an excellent read. I’m not sure how this went under my radar for so long but I’m glad I found out about it because it was just soo good!!

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My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟



Saving it by Monica Murphy


Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…

Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.

More Details

Genre: YA
Page Length: 241
Characters: Eden, Josh
Publication Date: 6th November 2017
Format: eArc


I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

Eden and Josh are best friends, Josh is still a virgin and decides that he needs to lose this by the end of senior year. He asks Eden to help him find a girl to do the deed with. But as the search goes on, they both start to question if the person they are looking for is closer than they think.

This story is written in the first person from both perspectives of Josh & Eden

Books like this one are the reason I love YA so much, the story was a great blend of romance, angst and the realization that what you think you want is always what you really want.

I thought the story was entertaining and flowed well. I enjoyed both the main characters. Josh and Eden are your typical teenage best friends, I thought their chemistry was great. The entire time I was reading this book I felt like it could be a really great teen movie, it reminded me of the classics from the 90s.

The Bottom Line:

This was a great story. If you love YA then I would recommend this book to you.

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My Rating:  4/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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 [Book Review] Slumber (Beauty Never Dies Chronicles #1) by J.L. Weil 


There is no such thing as happily ever after. Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From the moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye. Dash Darhk is everything her parents would hate. He’s six feet and two inches of dark temptation and a killer smile, that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in his wake. But her parents are nowhere to be found. Charlotte is alone in this new world. Destroyed by a toxic mist, the land isn’t the only thing altered, but the inhabitants as well. As Charlotte begins the hunt for her family, gifts she’s never fathom awake inside her. And with the gifts come problems. Enormous ones. Charlotte is running out of options and places to hide. If she can’t figure out who to trust-and fast-she will lose more than her heart. Fans of Hunger Games, The 100, and Divergent will fall in love with Slumber.

More Details

Genre: Dystopia, Romance
Page Length: 305
Characters: Charlotte, Dash
Publication Date: 16th November 2016
Format: eBook


This was another book that I found on my kindle the other day, I’ve been reading a lot of normal romance recently so I fancied something a bit different and this ticked the box.

The story starts off a little sleeping beauty esque, when Dash find Charlotte asleep and is compelled to kiss, and this leads to her waking up after 100 years of slumber. Charlotte wakes to a very different world. Everything she once knew is gone.

I really liked the story it was a nice blend of romance & dystopia. I thought the world building was very good, it was refreshing different from anything I’ve read recently.

I think I enjoyed Dash’s character more than Charlotte, he was intriguing and has lots of secrets, I’m looking forward to finding out more about him the next book. Charlotte was ok, she just seemed a little more immature by I’m hoping her character develops more as the story goes on.

The Bottom Line:

This was a really nice little story, I really enjoyed it and I already have the next book pre-ordered.

My Rating:  3/5  🌟🌟🌟

If There’s No Tomorrow – Jennifer L.Armentrout

This Review Contains Spoilers!


Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed? 

More Details

Genre: Young Adult
Page Length: 384
Characters: Lena and Sebastian
Publication Date: 5th September 2017
Format: eBook


Ah, this book hit me in so many feels.

Lena is the lone survivor of an accident that kills 4 of her friends, and as you would expect she has survivors guilt, not only because she is the only one that lived, but because she feels like she could have prevented and maybe she could have. So, this story is more than just a regular love story, it’s about healing and it’s about learning to live with the choices you make in life and the consequences of these choices.

I really enjoyed how JLA wrote this book, the first few chapters are the build-up to the event, so you get to learn about the characters that died before that die, which sounds kind of morbid but I thought it made the impact of their deaths even bigger.  You also get to see how Lena was before the accident. Which at times I was like come I want the story to start but in hindsight, it was great because instead of flat characters that have died we got to see them as 3-dimensional l people living their lives.

Ok so let’s get to Sebastian, pre-accident he was your pretty standard love interest. It wasn’t until afterward that he truly shined for me, there’s this great scene when Lena is still in the hospital and he is visiting her but she doesn’t want him around:

“Can you just leave?” I asked, begged really. “Please?” His gaze held mine for a moment and then he stood, and I wanted to sink through the bed, sink down into nothing. Sebastian didn’t leave, though. He wasn’t my father. He wasn’t me. Grabbing the chair, he picked it up and planted it right by the top of my bed and then he sat down. My heart pounded. He rested his right arm on the bed beside mine and then leaned over, stretching his left arm so his fingers caught the limp strands of my hair, brushing them back from my face as he said, “I’m not leaving. You can get mad. You can get upset, but I’m staying right here, because whether you realize it or not, you shouldn’t be alone. I’m not going anywhere.”

I just wanted to hug him for that response because it was so perfect! I loved that he knew what she needed even when she didn’t. I really did love them together, I liked how understanding he was of everything that she was going through, and most importantly he supported her. So yeah Sebastian was a pretty awesome character.

Finally, I loved Lena, her journey was difficult but real and that’s what made this story so heart-wrenching. I have lost count of the many stories in the news about teens who lose their lives driving drunk. That whole “it won’t happen to me is” is a very real mantra for lots of young people and adults actually. That’s what made this story just so great.

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The Bottom Line:

Just read the book, initially in my head I scored this book 4/5 but after some reflection, I couldn’t find anything wrong with it so yeah go grab a copy asap!

 My Rating:  5/5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟





The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas


 Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

More Details

Genre: Young Adult
Page Length: 444
Characters: Starr
Publication Date: 28th February 2017
Format: Paperback


This is the first time I’ve not wanted to write a review. There is a lot of hype surrounding this book so I was expecting to really enjoy this book. However, this was not the case and whilst I can say this isn’t the worst book I’ve read, it’s certainly not the best. The problem I’m having is that I can’t pinpoint the exact reason why.

It could be down to the lack of character development, I didn’t really feel connected to Starr at all during the story, I did not find her character likable, a lot of her thinking was questionable, I think to sum it up; I did not get her, I did not understand her. The same goes for the rest of the characters in this book, I really disliked how the stereotypical they were, the token white friend who is secretly racist, the white guy trying to act black and then there was Starr herself suddenly fearing her own boyfriend because he’s white? Nah no thanks.

At times the story felt like it was dragging on and on, it felt very slow going which made it feel really boring at times and then the whole drug lord thing, I have seen so many movies with same old drug lords that this was just felt repetitive.

The only thing that I think this book got right was the injustice, I’m so angry that the cop who shot Khalil went unpunished, and I think the story should have stayed centered on that rather than all the side drama that was going on.

The Bottom Line:

I did not like this book, and I feel sad about it because I feel like I should have which makes me feel mad.

My Rating:  2/5 🌟🌟

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before –  Jenny Han 


 What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 320
Characters: Lara Jean, Margot, Kitty, Peter and Josh
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Format: eBook


I first heard about this book on Facebook when I saw an article about the movie version that’s being made and then it was on iBooks as their book of the week a couple of weeks ago which is what prompted me to purchase this.

So this book is told in the first person in entirely the first person from Lara Jean’s perspective. I really enjoyed this story. The writing was very easy to follow and flowed nicely.

Lara Jean writes a letter to every boy she has loved and keeps them in her teal hat box, which is all fine until one day these letters get sent. This throws Lara Jean’s life into chaos. I have to say that I knew right away who it was that sent those letters and it was just so without giving too much away, perfect. If you’ve read this you’ll know what I mean.

I love Lara Jean, in fact, I love all three of the Song girls, but there was something a little special about LJ I liked her innocent and honesty. I thought it made her very endearing. I adored Kitty, she is exactly what a little sister is and of course, there is Margot. I would love to read her story, I think it would be really interesting read about what it was like for her to go away to college and leave her family.

In the beginning,  I wasn’t a huge fan of Peter, but he kind of grew on me towards the end and Josh was well ok, nothing too exciting there to be honest.

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The Bottom Line:

I would defiantly recommend this book, it’s a perfect example of how great YA is. I’m looking forward to seeing what the film will be like. Janel Parish is playing Margot and I loved her in Pretty Little Liars, so I’m hoping they do this book justice.

My Rating: 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Until Next Time! 🤓

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Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch


 “I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 352
Characters: Lina, Ren, and Howard
Publication Date: 1st June 2017 (first published May 3rd, 2016)
Format: eBook


I’ve had my eye on this book for a couple of weeks, but I’ve had a few ARCs to get through so I’ve only just gotten around to reading it.

This book takes place six months after Lina loses her mum to Pancreatic Cancer. Lina has gone to Tuscany to Live with Howard as per her mom’s dying wish. This was such a lovely read. I mean that in every sense of the word. The subject matter of losing a parent was beautifully done. I loved how mature Lina was when it came to handling the Howard situation, she had every right to be angry and rage but instead she took it all in her stride and gave him the opportunity to explain things.

Her friendship with Ren was sweet, I liked understanding Ren was of Lina’s feelings. He is there for her every step of the way and supports her to help discover all the secrets her mom kept, and the pace in which they fell for each other was really good.

“Turns out there’s a reason they call it falling in love, because when it happens – really happens – that’s exactly how it feels. There’s no doing or trying, you just let go and hope that someone’s going to be there to catch you. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with some pretty hefty bruises. Trust me, I would know.”

The thing that I loved the most was that this book was really feel good, even though the subject matter was heavy, it never made me feel depressed instead it made me feel hopeful.

The Bottom Line:

This was a fab little read, and it made fall even more in love with Italy! I am determined to get a visit to Florence in at some point in time. If you love YA then this is a must read.


My Rating:  4/5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟

About the Author

Jenna Evans Welch spent her high school years in Florence, Italy, where she drove a scooter, danced in fountains, and ate entirely too much gelato. She now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and young son. Read her blog, The Green Lemon, at JennaEvansWelch.com.

Until Next Time 🤓

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