August 15, 2017

TTT #78: YA Books I Recommend to a Non-YA Reader


This week's topic was to make some kind of recommend reading list. One of the examples given was to recommend books to people who don't normally read YA, and I just couldn't resist. I think YA can be for people of all ages, and I am annoyed when people judge adults for reading them. This list is for all those people who haven't yet given YA books a try.


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
5. Mosquitoland by David Arnold


6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
8. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
9. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Tell Me Below: Which books would you add to my list?


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August 11, 2017

Mini Romance Reviews: Suddenly Engaged, Breathless, Scoring Wilder


Suddenly Engaged by Julia London
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Suddenly Engaged has an adorable child at its core, the one reason that really makes the book worth reading. Ruby is the adorable six-year-old child of Kyra, Dax's new neighbor. Ruby is always climbing over or under or around Dax's fence in order to pet his dog Otto. Dax isn't a fan of this behavior at first and has a few choice words to say to Kyra, but over time his neighbors grow on him. He becomes less of a grump as they charm their way into his heart. Although I enjoyed the romance between Dax and Kyra and the appropriate amount of drama, the story wasn't all that unique. I loved Ruby, Kyra, and Dax, but found the minor characters to be completely lacking. I still enjoyed the romance, but I was hoping it would be as interesting as its synopsis promised.



Breathless by Leigh LaValle
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Romances have been my go to when I need a break from grad school, and this book was just what I needed! It not only made me want to get back into yoga, but it made me smile. Hannah and Jake are a fun couple to cheer on. After an incredible meet cute where they part ways without a way to contact one another, they get one more chance at love when they meet once again. Hannah lost everything after a horrible break up and invests her last bit of money into a yoga studio, and Jake just so happens to be the guy working on the unfortunate untimely renovations of the building where her yoga studio resides. The chemistry between these two while Hannah gives Jake private yoga lessons is sizzling. Hannah is down to earth and relatable while Jake is sexy and sweet. I will be reading more books by this author. Breathless is a fun book that will have you laughing, smiling, sighing, and fanning yourself. Enjoy!


Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
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Scoring Wilder is a well written forbidden love story. I was in the mood for a New Adult Romance and found exactly what I was looking for in Scoring Wilder. Kinsley is a really good soccer player and hopes to make the Olympic team, and then her life gets a little more complicated. When she meets famous soccer star Laim Wilder at a party, what starts as a harmless crush becomes a problem when she finds out he is going to be her coach for part of the season. Kinsley and Wilder are great together and I enjoyed their forbidden romance. I also thought that the supporting cast of Kinsley's teammates helped add some depth and laughs to the story. This is another case where I will be trying more books by this author.


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August 7, 2017

Make Me Read It Readathon: Results & Updates

Hosted by Ely @ Tea and Titles & Val @ The Innocent Smiley

RESULTS


Updates

Sunday: I read and finished my first book, Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer. I LOVED it! I can never get enough of the Lunar Chronicles crew. I also got about 20 pages through There's Someone Inside Your House.

Monday: I finished book two, There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins! It would make a perfect fall read. A great choice for fans of the movie Scream!

Tuesday: Instead of reading, my husband and I went to see Spider-Man Homecoming. It was a lot of fun! The new guy that plays Spider-Man is adorkable.

Wednesday: This is the second day that I didn't have time to read. :( Stupid being an adult with work and such.

Thursday: Nothing. I chose to blog instead. I don't regret this because school will start up again soon and I want some posts ready to go.

Friday: Nothing.

Saturday: I had a bachelorette party. Nothing.

Sunday: My parents came to visit. I only got 40 pages into my third book. :(

Total: I only read two books! This did not go as planned, but I had a busy weekend. I am hoping to read the next two on the list over this coming week.



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August 5, 2017

Mini Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Length: 393 pages
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: Philomel Books
Source: I met the author and received a free copy last year at BEA.
My Rating:

Goodreads Summary: Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. Yet not all promises can be kept. Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

My Review

Salt to the Sea in Three Words: Heartbreaking. Memorable. Brave.

Salt to the Sea is a novel I won't soon forget. Compassion, survival, the horrors of war, and memorable characters, makes for one captivating read.

I read Salt to the Sea in one day. It has short chapters making it a page turner. This book is based off a devastating true story in history that many may not know.

The Verdict: This book is sure to stand the test of time, and would be a great read for teens and adults alike looking for their next historical fiction.

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