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Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra is the first book that I received through Book of the Month’s YA Program. I have very mixed feelings regarding this book honestly but the part that I adore with BOTM, is that it encourages me to read books that I normally would not look at. Which is definitely the case with Symptoms of a Heartbreak.

I loved the idea of a 16 year old “girl genius” doctor. However, I didn’t like the way that she was portrayed. I felt that if she is supposed to be a “genius” and a board-certified doctor, she should have been more mature than she was shown to be. And yes, she is still a child, but I did not like the inconsistency between her lives. I also did not like that her Mom was running interference for her at work, causing her to be late, etc.

I did love that the protagonist truly cared about her patients but I would have liked for the book to focus more on her medical skills rather than relationships.

While it was still a good read, I was overall disappointed with the story and plot of this book.

I am excited to see what book I can choose for August’s Book of the Month YA! If you are interested in trying out new books, this is a great program to use! Click here for more information, and yes, I do get a referral if you use my link 🙂

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The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Is it possible for Sarah Dessen to write anything that isn’t gold? The answer is no….no it is not!

Read at your own risk for spoilers.

Emma Saylor is a delight to read about. The immediate love that she has for a family long forgotten {not her fault} is wonderful to see. She immediately accepts them and wants to learn as much about her history as possible. Even with the photographic evidence that she sees, she wants to learn more. And that’s also due to the photographs. She’s found a family that has missed her, and by doing that, she found part of herself that she didn’t even know was missing.

I loved the storyline with Emma Saylor and Roo. Who wouldnt? While you knew what was going to happen, it was cute to see the buildup. I love that the book didn’t fixate on it, but still kept it as part of the main plot line.

The only part that I wish was done differently was that Trinity’s baby wasn’t born yet. I wish the baby had been born to see how Emma reacted.

I almost didn’t go to a party because I didn’t want to put this book down! Absolutely loved it.

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Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta

I hate writing negative reviews, I really do.

This was an….interesting…..book. Watch out for spoilers.

I honestly struggled through this book. While I enjoy the story of King Arthur, I did not enjoy this adaptation. I think it was so far from the original that it was hard for me to accept. I also wasn’t expecting it to be as dystopian of a book as it was.

There were definitely parts that captivated my attention and caused me to not want to put the book down. However, they were few and far between. I found myself checking my phone every couple pages and being very easily distracted while reading. This does not happen when I am truly engaged in a book.

I do like the idea of King Arthur reincarnations, I also like that Merlin is aging backwards, ie getting younger with reincarnation. But that is where my enjoyment ended.

Ari and Kay’s moms being imprisoned, Kay dying, Ari being named a ceremonial king, Gwen becoming pregnant with her wife’s nephew, and on and on. My eyes were rolling so much during this book that I’m surprised I can still see straight. Maybe it’s been too many years since I read the story of King Arthur, but I do not remember it being that over the top.

I’ll probably add to this later on with more details, but for right now, this is all I can manage.

 

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Desperate Forest by Cece Louise

Please note, I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that there are spoilers ahead in this review.

When I first started the book, honestly I wasn’t super thrilled. A king was murdered, the uncle wants to now kill the princess in order to have control over the kingdom, and the Princess has run away. Okay, decently common theme throughout young adult fantasy books. I’m very glad that I kept reading though.

Roselynn was a fantastic protagonist. She is a great combination of innocence and determination and loyalty to save her people and her kingdom. She risks her own life and safety many many times because she wants to do what is best for her people in her mind.

I love the way that her relationships grow with Jay, Gavin, Laurel, and all of the other members of her group. I love watching her learn to place her trust and her safety within them, as well as want to make sure that they are safe also.

Of course, I was sad to see Darius’s betrayal of his father, his brother, and Roselynn. While it was very predictable, it was still disappointing to read nonetheless. I would really like one of these types of stories to end it with the stranger actually being the one that is at fault rather than someone who was trusted at the beginning. In other words, I would enjoy seeing a story similar to this where Jay is actually the one at fault, and Roselyn is correct in her initial judgment of Darius. But alas, that doesn’t seem to be the way that these books work.

This book was a quick and easy book to read. After the initial couple chapters, it became very engaging and hard to put down. The author did a great job at making the story come alive and also throwing in a couple small twists and turns. However, most of the storyline is predictable but it is still enjoyable nonetheless.

Thank you to Cece Louise and LibraryThing for the opportunity to read and review this book. I definitely enjoyed it and I highly recommend it to anybody that enjoys young adult novels.