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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.

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Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway

Please note, I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And there are spoilers ahead!

Okay….now to the review. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

I’ve definitely read books in Instant message/chat format before… TTYL by Lauren Myracle for example. So when I started this book and it was in text message format, I wasn’t really phased. However, I love that Hemmingway also add it in excerpts from journal entries as well as regular letters also. It was a great way to provide background information around the story without breaking the format of the way it was being written. If you haven’t read a book that is written in conversation form, you really need to give it a try. It’s unique to get used to at first, but I honestly enjoy it more than the standard book format.

For the storyline itself, I thought it was hilarious. After all, who doesn’t feel like they have an overbearing parent at one point or another in their life? I loved the way that this book slightly showed that it can be a learned behavior from the parent before. Margot’s mother was overbearing and could never be pleased, so Margot transferred that onto Lisa and Crystal also. But, I bet if you ask Margot, she would never recognize that she does the same things to her daughters that her mother does to her.

AI and Androids is a huge theme in modern day culture. And let’s face it, realistically we really aren’t that far away from having smart companions/robots/androids or whatever else you want to call them. Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds almost on a daily basis. And with how obsessed we are with technology already, it’s not that far of a leap to start preparing for having our own robots. Now, falling in love with one and starting a relationship, that may be a little bit more outside the realm of possibility, but then again, you never really know.

I loved the way that Crystal tried to make her mom happy. Even if she was doing it for more selfish reasons than she wanted to admit. I’ll be honest, her writing a sequel to Rapunzel didn’t interest me. I understand where it was coming from and the plot line, but I felt that the story would have been the same without it. Now the dinosaur sex book on the other hand… That was a great little twist and a side pot into the story i’ll be honest, her writing a sequel to Rapunzel didn’t interest me. I understand where it was coming from and the plot line, but I felt that the story would have been the same without it. Now the dinosaur sex book on the other hand… That was a great little twist and a side part into the story.

I didn’t like the way that Lisa and Crystal kept things from their mom, but I also grew up as an only child so conspiring with a sibling is not something that I ever experienced.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely be rereading it in the future. This is 100% going to be on my top list of books and I’m already excited for the future me that re-reads it. I also hope that it is turned into an audiobook, because I feel that with the right narrator is, it will be absolutely hilarious.

Thank you to Crystal Hemmingway and LibraryThing for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book!

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Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop

I remember downloading this book awhile ago onto my Audible account and then promptly forgetting about it. I love audiobooks, but it’s not always easy for me to get into them. I tend to want the narrator to read quicker than they are. And then I get discouraged by how much time is still left for the book.

Scrolling through my Audible account, I actually clicked on a different book by Gary John Bishop. Within the first couple minutes, he mentioned “as I talked about in Unfu*k Yourself” (or something along those lines), I knew I needed to stop and listen to Unfu*k Yourself. And I am definitely glad I did.

At 3.5 hours, this is a quick book to listen to. Well, it is when your normal commute is approximately 45min each way and most of your job involves driving anyways.

I absolutely loved this book. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. I love the no holds barred approach that Bishop takes with this book. He calls it like it is but does it in a way that does not get you offended. Instead of making excuses for why your life is the way it is, you find yourself agreeing with him and wanting to make the necessary changes. But like he says, wanting to make the changes doesn’t mean anything if you don’t actually make the changes to have a happier and better life.

If anyone needs a kick in the pants, a word of encouragement, or some extra motivation about your life, this is the book for you.

However, if you are super easily offended, especially by cursing, move along.

Audiobook is the way to go for this book. Bishop narrates it himself and he does an incredible job.

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Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler

High school. 4 crazy long years. Where every event seems like it is world changing. And at the time, it is to you. Relationships come and go. Friends come and go. At the end of the day, you are the most important person to yourself.

Infinite in Between did a great job at showcasing how different 5 lives can be during the same 4 year time span. How people are capable of change and how your own life can change drastically at the drop of a hat.

One person may be discovering their sexuality. One person may be discovering long kept family secrets. Everyone will be discovering their identity. One person may have a tragic loss. Health, sickness, death, relationships, birth, music, camp, and so much more occurs during those 4 important years.

While friendships come and go, some friends are there to stay. Sometimes the most unlikely person becomes one of the most important people to you. And above all else, the person you can always rely on, is yourself.

This book was a fantastic take on how 5 people’s lives could be so different and so similar at the same time. How 5 random people could end up becoming entangled in each other’s lives in ways that aren’t always known to them. I wish there were more books to see where these 5 friends end up in life. I was left with too many questions at the end and felt very unsatisfied.

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