Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Review: The Pact by Karina Halle

The Pact was such a breath of fresh air!

The Pact is a novel that follows two best friends, Linden and Stephanie, from ages 21 to 30, and their evolving relationship. Linden and Stephanie make a pact when they are 25 that they will marry each other if they aren't in serious relationships by the time they reach thirty years old. Needless to say, I completely adored this book! It wasn't perfect, but I had such a fun experience reading it. One of my favorite tropes in literature is when best friends fall in love with each other, and this story was great.

I have never read a story that had a premise quite like The Pact. Throughout the novel, the novel made me feel so many different emotions. The Pact was passionate, sexy, fun, and even at times, deep. There was never a slow moment; I was up until three in the morning reading this! Stephanie and Linden great chemistry throughout the whole entire story, even when they were just friends. I really loved how we got to see them grow throughout the novel and saw their different relationships before each of them settled down. A lot of people don't really like how both Linden and Stephanie were in an array of different relationships before finding each other, but I liked it. Each relationship they had always ended because their partner was missing something that was vital. I saw their failed romantic relationships with other people a stepping stone for the two coming together. What their exes didn't have, Steph or Linden did.

The only point of the plot that I was a bit thrown off on was how explicit the novel is. I knew that it was a new adult book, but I didn't look into the book before I bought it, since it was the middle of the night and cost only 99 cents. Be aware that this novel has more detailed sex scenes than you might expect from your classic new adult novel, like those from Colleen Hoover. The Pact does follow Stephanie and Linden when they are in the new adult ages, but follows them in their late twenties as well, where the bulk of the novel takes place. Just know that beforehand. I didn't necessarily have an issue with the sex scenes. Every relationship that Stephanie and Linden are in a healthy, consenting adults. While they might border on erotic, I think that the scenes were classy and really showed the reader their relationship on all aspects.

One thing I really loved about The Pact was just the way it progressed. There wasn't any time that felt slow nor rushed; the pace was steady throughout. Nowadays, I see novels that have the climax of the book and either end there so that the audience has to read the second one, or the ending itself is messily put together. For this, we actually got and exposition, rising action(s), climax, falling action(s), and denouement. Thank goodness! I would put the praise emoji here if I could.

The characters besides Stephanie and Linden were so well developed. I am seriously thinking about picking up the companion novel of this, The Offer, which follows one of Stephanie's best friends and single mom, Nicola, with Linden's brother, Bram. There is also another novel coming out in this series, The Play, that centers around Linden's cousin. One of my favorite characters is Penny, the girlfriend of one Stephanie and Linden's other best friend, James. The dynamics among all of the secondary characters and the main ones were so great. The friendships felt actually real. All of them had their ups and downs, but in the end, they always supported each other.

If you're hesitant to pick up The Pact, don't be! The characters are fleshed out, Stephanie and Linden have great chemistry, and the plot is near perfect. If you are prepared for the explicit scenes, then I defniitley recommend this novel!

With that, I give this book

4.2 Stars!

What are some of your favorite new adult books of this year? Here's a list I made back in September of the Best New Adult Books I read this year up to then! If I read this before that post, this would have for sure made the list.  Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you guys soon with another post!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: The Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West


I'm sad to say, but I was completely disappointed by The Fill in Boyfriend.

Here I am, feeling myself getting into a major reading slump. My mom just had surgery, and my schoolwork just sky rocketed because the first quarter is ending. I wanted to pick up something quick and fun that all my friends seem to have enjoyed. I stumble upon The Fill in Boyfriend on my library's Overdrive and think, "Perfect." The average of my friend's reviews is 4.11, and the average rating of everyone who has rated it is 3.91, which is relatively high. So I go in and start reading.

Right from the get go I had a "meh" type of feeling about this, but I thought it might just be me, so I kept at it. Unfortunately, Gia is still as annoying as she is in the end as she was in the beginning. Yes, she has definitely matured, but I hate how she never fully developed to ever come clean about what she did. She kept putting up excuse over excuse of why she couldn't. In the end, she's still worrying about a longtime friendship that has dissolved because of her. I'm sorry, but if you didn't have faith that your best friend would believe you over another, than you obviously don't trust her enough. I just hate how the friendships were portrayed in this novel. Why aren't there more healthy friendship dynamics in young adult literature? Why must girls ALWAYS be pitted against each other?

This leads me to another point - Gia's "frenemy"Jules. The portrayal of Jules is horrendous. I get that we're seeing this from Gia's perspective, but when is someone that ignorant of another person's problems? Gia is all "woe is me" because she lied to her friends and is worried Jules will figure it all out, while Jules herself is going through a lot more serious of issues. Jules is made out to be this horrible person that is almost devilish, and I hate that Kasie West never took that turn in the story where Gia actually realized she was in the wrong for all of it and that she was being immature. Yes, she kind of does in the end, but she also blames it on Jules. In the end of the novel, she does realize that her best friend deserved a better friend than her at the time, but doesn't think that Jules is the better alternative. Instead, she says that she is the better alternative than Jules because she changed. If you are still comparing yourself to another girl and putting her down just like you did in the beginning, you haven't changed that much! I just wanted a scene where Jules and Gia had a big confrontation and they both realized that they were being immature brats, but no. We get the most disappointing ending EVER.

There's literally nothing resolved in the end besides the relationship aspect of the novel. Yay, the two main characters are together. But you know what is more important than boyfriends? You got it, FRIENDSHIPS. All we see at the end is a glimmer of hope that Gia and her best friend will work it out. That's it. There are no questions answered about what is actually going to happen.

Another thing that literally pissed me off so much were the side characters. Gia's friends are fine, except for Jules, but they all lack depth. Every single one of her friends are those one dimensional happy go lucky girls that have no care in the world. Her brother is the grade A protective yet douche older sibling and her parents are the stereotypical distant mom and dad that just "don't understand." Ugh.

The one thing I kind of liked about this novel is the relationship between Gia and Hayden. Yes, they were cute, but god, their communication skills are horrendous. I seriously wanted to tear my hair out sometimes. Gia made so many problems and made everything so much more dramatic than it needed to be. Hayden did the same thing because he is this artsy fartsy hipster that is misunderstood and tortured. Yeah, right. You have a great family and friends that might not be the best of people, but still support you. Can he just stop sending so many mixed freaking messages? Bec was also pretty cool. She was the only side character I didn't have an issue with and she was by far my favorite.

However, the story was interesting. I'll give it that. I wouldn't really recommend this book though. At first when I finished it, I gave it around 3.5 stars, but the more I think about it, the more I find more problems and get more angry. West's writing style was really capturing, and it is what made me keep reading to be quite honest. I will probably read something other of hers, I just hope that I get different results.

With that, I give this book

2 Stars, and I'm being generous.

Have you read anything by Kasie West? If so, what did you think? What are some contemporaries that got your blood boiling or your heart singing? Comment down below, I'd love to hear what you think!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Side Note: Maybe I just don't like characters with three letter names? Tia also bugged the crap out of me in Biggest Flirts.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I've Discovered This Year

Hey guys and welcome back! Today's post is a Top 5 Wednesday, that was created by Lainey over at gingerreadslainey! You can find the goodreads group here. This week's topic was the top 5 authors I have discovered this year. These five don't necessarily have to be debut authors of this year, but one's that I just started reading this year.

5.) Melissa Landers

I started reading Melissa Landers in February this year with Alienated and really liked it! While it wasn't an amazing read, it was super fun and it made me pick up the second book right away. When I heard that there was a third novel being released in the series, I was so happy and I cannot wait for it to be released in August 2016! Landers is also releasing a book in February of next year as well, and it sounds amazing! You can find Melissa Landers here on goodreads and here at her website! Definitely check her out!

4.) Wendy Higgins

Higgins is most known for her Sweet Series, which at first was a trilogy but became a quasi quartet when Higgins released a fourth novel that surmised the series in Kai's perspective. I did have a lot of issues with the series, but the author's writing is what really kept me going with it. I do want to read the fourth book once my library gets it. You can find Wendy here on goodreads and here!

3.) Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand is the author of the super popular angel series Unearthly. I read the novels right after each other in January and absolutely loved it! I gave the first book 4.25 stars, the second 4.5, and the final novel 5 stars. If you're hesitant to pick the series up because it has to do with angels, don't be! The series touched my heart and made me cry several different times. I'm highly anticipating My Lady Jane! You can find Hand here on goodreads and here on her website.

2.) Carey Heywood

I've read a crap-ton of Carey Heywood this year. While she's not my favorite author, her books are cheap and her writing addictive.  She's not that active on her website, but you can find her here on goodreads! Try checking her out; she doesn't get as much recognition as she deserves. Plus, the first in her series are free!

1.) Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover has become one of my favorite authors of all time. I have never disliked anything she releases, and I am highly anticipating any of her releases. I have already read five of her works this year! Out of all of her books, I want to read Ugly Love next, but there is a high possibility it will actually be Never, Never. If you don't believe how much of a severe fangirl I am, just check out my review of Maybe Someday where I freak out. You can find her on goodreads here and her website is here! Hoover's writing style is amazing and draws me in no matter what. I will literally read anything she writes.

 Have you read any of these authors? What has been your favorite book by them? Who were some of the best authors you have discovered?

Thanks for stopping by guys! I'll see you soon with another post!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Top Ten Tuesday: Wishes I'd Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today I am doing a Top Ten Tuesday post, which started over at The Broke and The Bookish! As you can see from the title, this week's idea was the top ten wishes we'd ask the book genie! I had a lot of fun with this post, and hopefully you guys like it as well!

Oh, Genie. Oh, Genie. I have a lot of wishes to ask you for. Unfortunately, I can only choose ten. How will I survive?

First, can you grant me the exquisite knowledge of whether or not I will actually read the book I buy? It would really shrink down my TBR pile in my room.

Next, can you rid me of a horrible book issue where when I am so nervous for the end of a book, I ruin it myself by reading the last 50 or so pages? Even though my actions are contradictory, I don't actually like spoiling myself; I can't help it.

After those two, can you add just a little bit more free time during the day so I can actually read something other than my school textbooks. Don't get me wrong, the dry and informative writing that squanders any enjoyment level is actually my favorite type of writing style, but sometimes I like to read below average novels where I can actually use my imagination. Who would have thought?

Book Genie, can you also grant me the wish of a higher lexile level? I know I understand most the big words, but it would be a help to just know what everything meant and understand all the rhetoric before looking it up.

My other request is that my eyes will never grow tired from reading. While watching the words fuzz from my intensity I bring to everything is actually one of my favorite pastimes, I heard actually being able to read the book is something people actually do! Imagine that!

My dear genie, in case you haven't noticed, I don't have perfect vision and wear glasses or contacts. Is there some way to make reading not harm my eyes even more when I'm reading an ebook? No??

Another wish I wish to be granted (Get it, Genie) is that I will be forewarned with a long period of time before someone is about to spoil me for a book so I can get the heck out of there.

My eighth wish is that I have a faster reading pace. Who knows? With that, I might be able to double my goodreads goal. But alas, 100 is where I leave that number.

After my faster reading pace is granted, I would like to use my wish for others. I really want everyone on the world to be able to read that one book that gets them into reading, whether it is Harry Potter or Fifty Shades of Grey. When people tell me they don't like to read, I tell them they haven't found the right book.

And lastly, book genie, I would like you to provide books to those that can't afford them or don't have the means! People deserve to have the option of reading.

Hey guys and thanks for stopping by! I hope you  liked this post even though it's a billion years late! In case you didn't get it, I was being pretty sarcastic on the second and fourth wish! ;)

I'll see you guys soon with another post! I have a review coming and I'm thinking of doing a top five Wednesday post as well!

See you then!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Book Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss was fun, sexy, and enthralling!

White Hot Kiss is the first in a trilogy by the one and only Jennifer L. Armentrout. I'm sure you've heard of this author before; she's well known for not only her young adult series, but her new adult novels as well. Not only does she write supernatural novels, she also writes contemporary. Her most well known series is the Lux series. You can find my review of Onyx, the second book in the Lux series here! I had some issues with the series, but when I finished it this summer, I was in love.

I was really hesitant when I started reading White Hot Kiss because I feared I would have the same issues I had with Obsidian, the first novel in the aforementioned series. Thankfully, I had barley any problems with this novel! The book follows our main character, Layla, and the intricate tight rope she walks on everyday. Layla is different from anyone else. She is half Warden, half Demon. Wardens are protectors of the human race that fight off their natural enemy, the demons. As I'm sure you can infer, Layla doesn't ever feel at home in her own skin.

White Hot Kiss starts off with a bang and never slows down. We're immediately introduced to Layla's two love interests. One of them is her best friend, Zayne, who just so happens to be a Warden that lives with her.  The other is Roth, the mysterious bad boy demon. The kicker in this love triangle is that Layla cannot kiss anyone with a soul because she will actually consume it. Luckily for Roth, he doesn't have a soul. Unfortunately, Zayne does. I didn't have any main issues with this love triangle, but I liked Roth exponentially better than Zayne. His personality was much more likable to me and I feel like he made Layla comfortable with who she is and he accepted completely. Let's just say that if Layla doesn't end up with Roth I will throw something. In my mind, at least.

The main problem I had with this book overall was that Layla was a bit too immature for me. She was a really great character to read from and I loved her perspective, but sometimes she would react to certain situations, especially with Zayne, that seemed really childish. My only other problem is the character of Zayne. I get why so many people like him, but he rubs me the wrong way. Fingers crossed it won't be like that in the sequel, Stone Cold Touch!

One of the main reasons I loved this book as much as I did was because of Roth. He is pretty much my dream guy just based on his personality. Though I liked Daemon in the Lux series, Roth is on a whole other playing field. Not only was Roth a great character to begin with, but the dynamic and chemistry between him and Layla was spot on. My favorite scenes of the book was when they were together.

Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing draws you in and doesn't let go! Putting this book down was actually a struggle. Don't be hesitant to pick this up because the synopsis seems a bit weird, there's much more to it than a love triangle. As I'm sure you can tell, I really enjoyed this book! I'm definitely continuing with the series and I actually am debating picking up the second book right now. I had a few minor problems, but all in all White Hot Kiss was a super fun novel that kept my mind off of things.

With that, I give this book

4 out of 5 Stars!

Have you guys read any of Jennifer L. Armentrout's books? What is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Currently Reading #4!

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today I'm going to be talking and what I'm reading and soon going to be this week!

Right now I am reading White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This novel is the first in the Dark Elements trilogy and I am really liking it so far! I'm a bit more than halfway through, and I already like this first novel just as much as the third in the Lux series. The Lux series is Armentrout's most well known series. While I liked the first book, the sequels improved after every single book and I can truly say that I loved the series when I finished reading it this summer. I was craving some of Jennifer's writing style and I am loving it so far! I'm probably going to be finishing this novel later tonight.

If I have enough time this weekend, I am going to pick up The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I started reading this one early this week, but had to put it down because of my busy schedule. my junior year is killing me right now! I was about 80 or so pages in, and what I read I really enjoyed. The story completely drew me in and I hope I can finish it soon.

As for what's after, I don't really know. My AP English class is going to start reading The Glass Castle, so I'll be doing that as well. I'm in the mood for something light and fun, so who knows? I might continue on with the Dark Elements series or a contemporary.

What are you reading right now? Have you read any of the books I've mentioned above?

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you soon with another post!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Discussion: The Stigma Against School Books

I've come to realize something that looking back on it, seems true for all of my school years since middle school. Whenever I am assigned a novel to read for school, the whole entire class groans with dread. It got me thinking. Since when has reading been such a chore for young adults like myself, and why do we hate school books?

I'll be one to admit: my expectations for my reading experience and pleasure of a book drastically plummet if I am forced to read it for a class. Though I am an avid reader, the act of pushing a book on me really throws me off. Not only does this not make me want to read the book, but another main factor is that most required reading is not what I would normally read.

Most kids my age rarely read for pleasure anymore. But the main question is why. Why does my generation hate reading so much? In elementary school, everyone was reading either the Magic Tree House novels or the Junie B. Jones series. Everyone read the novels for enjoyment, and we didn't have to be forced to read a book every now and again. When does reading become so shunned from our activities? The only major turning point I see is that people are forced to read.

A lot of people have different reading paces. I normally read at least 10 books or more a month, while others can only handle 10 a year. When a person is forced to read a book, the whole entire magic of reading is lost. I can honestly say that if I were to read Pride and Prejudice today, when I am a strong enough reader to completely comprehend it, I would enjoy it much more than my eighth grade self. When instructors made a student read, they're whole entire opinion of reading is lessened.

Another question comes to mind though. Why do we have such a negative stigma towards school novels? So far in my high school career, I have had to read Night by Elie Wiesel, Origins of the Dream by W. Jason Miller, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Crucible by Arthur Miller. In my last two year in middle school, I read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. In my AP English class I take right now, whenever we are assigned a book I see at least a half a dozen kids say that they hate the novel or have horrible things about it.

Unfortunately, teenagers have such a bad experience reading school novels that they don't find the amazing reprieve of reading that I have. Though I completely understand that reading is essential to our curriculum, I feel that giving the students the choice among a group of books to read from would be less detrimental to the reading experience in general.

So far, my favorite required reading has been The Outsiders. If for some reason you never read this for school, I completely recommend it. I read this back in seventh or eighth grade and still think about it today my junior year. The Outsiders is the epitome of a book that sticks with you.

What's your favorite book you have had to read for school? There are a lot more required reading novels for my AP class I'm taking right now, and I'm really enjoying it so far! Next up is the Glass Castle for me. Have you had to read that for class?

Thanks for stopping by and reading my rant! What do you disagree and agree with?

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Creepy Books to Read in October!

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! It's October and we know what that means: fall. That, and Halloween! If you're looking for some creepy books to get in the mood, here's a list of recommendations of books I've read in the past couple years that are perfect for October and creeped me out in one way or another.

10.) Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Susan Beth Pfeffer is best known for her Last Survivors series. Out of all the novels I have read by her, they are all have a dark tone. Blood Wounds follows sixteen year old Willa and the chaos that ensues once new comes out that her birth father has killed his second wife and their kids. I read this a while back, so I can't say that I recommend it now. However, back when I did read read, I enjoyed it. It isn't the best novel, but the story gripped me.

9.) White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

The White Rabbit Chronicles is one of my favorite young adult series out there! It is sexy, dark, fun, and intoxicating. If you're looking for a novel that will keep you on your toes, you should pick up The White Rabbit Chronicles! The series follows not only the romance between Alice Bell and Cole Holland, but their badassery as well as they fight zombies.

8.) Clarity Duology by Kim Harrington

The Clarity Dulogy comprises of two books, Clarity and Perception, that were released in 2011 and 2012, respectively. While the novels aren't the best written, they were so much fun to read and I couldn't stop reading them! Both novels are murder mysteries that our main character and psychic must solve.

7.) Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

Through Her Eyes is a really peculiar horror novel. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it just because horror isn't my go to genre and I don't enjoy it that much, but go for it! I'm really hazy on the details, so check out its goodreads page here!

6.) Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam

Dr. Franklin's Island is a novel I read every year or so that is based of off The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells. To say this book creeps me out would be an understatement. If you want a book this Halloween season that will make your skin crawl, I definitely recommend this one to you!

5.) Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Girl, Stolen centers on just that. When a robbery goes wrong and ends up in with our main character, Cheyenne, being stolen. A thriller is set in the works. I borrowed this from one of my neighbors and I am so happy she pushed it on me! This is one of my higher recommendations on the list.

4.) The Future Collection by Beth Revis

The Future Collection is a compilation of short science fiction stories by Beth Revis, the author that wrote the Across the Universe trilogy. To say that these stories gave me the heebie jeebies is an understatement. You can find my thoughts on while reading it here! The Future Collection can also be found in my August Wrap Up where I gave it 3.75 stars.

3.) Young Elites by Marie Lu

I read the Young Elites by Marie Lu right once it was released and actually really enjoyed it! Luckily, the novel is one of the few and far between that I actually like the more I think about it. The sequel, The Rose Society, is releasing on October 13th, so to get an extra thrill, you can marathon the two and read all about our badass anti hero, Adelina!

2.) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Can I not gush anymore about this series? If you don't know, The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series. I cannot wait to see how it will conclude this winter. To me, the creepiest novel out of all four books out so far is definitely Fairest, which focuses on Queen Levana, the villain of this series.

1.) Anna Dressed In Blood Duology by Kendare Blake

This duology by Kendare Blake is perfect for the Halloween time! The two novels in the series follows Cas and his ghost hunting ways when he stumbles upon a peculiar ghost in an abandoned house. While the book doesn't necessarily scare me, it did make my skin crawl at certain times.

Want some more books that creeped me out? Check out this shelf over on my goodreads page!

As for me, I'm for sure going to pick up The Madman's Daughter for my creepy novel of October! What are you planning on reading? Comment down below!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Will NEVER Finish!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted at the Broke and Bookish! Make sure to check them out! :)

This week's topic was Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit or Have Quit. We could make it our own and I decided to talk about the ten series that I have no desire to finish. These might be trilogies that I started a while back or a series that I started this year and was disappointed in. Just as a disclaimer, I do not want to offend anyone with this post! If you loved any of the books down below that I mention, I applaud you! You're a less picky reader than I am!

10.) Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

I read Graceling back in December last year and loved it! The novel was fun and kick ass, and I love the concept and originality. Unfortunately, I don't have any need to read the next two books. The trilogy is all companion novels, and the two main characters, Katsa and Po, had a great conclusion. There might be a time when I go back and read the final two books, but I don't feel the need as of now. Graceling left me very happy with the way it ended and I want to keep it that way. *Now that I think about this, I'm really on the fence! Ahh!!*

9.) Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

I despised Shipbreaker when I read it two years ago. The story was boring and the characters were flat. I barely got through it and only did because I was reading it for a class. Although the series is only a duology, I won't be finishing the series. The only reason I would is if I have nothing to read, and that won't happen any time soon!

8.) Wings by Aprilynne Pike

I'm a bit torn on this one. I read the first two books of this quartet in 2012 and was a bit disappointed with both of them. The series has a lot of hype surrounding them but I just can't connect to the characters at all.One day I might feel the itch to pick the series up again, but I'm not expecting to read the final two any time soon.

7.) Need by Carrie Jones

The Need quartet is much like my situation with the Wings series as well. I read the first two a really long time ago, probably a year or two before I got a goodreads account. I eventually picked up the third book, Entice, in 2012 and was so disappointed by it. I only have one book left, but I've gotten over the series and will probably only read it if I'm doing a series read-a-thon.

6.) Elixir by Hilary Duff

Elixir is a trilogy by "Hilary Duff" and I was so let down. I read it in 2012 and though I had really low expectations, I still did not like the novel. The book just unnerved me and I couldn't stand the characters.

5.) Monument 14 series by Emma Laybourne

I read Monument 14 near its release and actually really liked it at the time! The more I think about it though, the less I want to read the series. Back when I read the novel, I couldn't connect to the characters but loved the premise. However, I didn't like the ending at all, which is one of the main factors why I won't be reading this series.

4.) Last Survivors by Susan Beth Pfeffer

I am really unsure about whether or not I'm ever going to finish the series. I read the first two books and even own the third, but my passion for the series has truly dwindled. If I were to read the third and fourth novel it would probably be during the summer when I have endless days of reading.

3.) The Wither Chronicles by Lauren DeStefano

The Wither Chronicles was all the rage back when it was released and I had to get my hands on it. I remember when I first read the book, I truly adored it. Now when I look back on the novel it annoys me so much. I do own the second book, but I'm so hesitant to just read the series and finish it because I heard it never really improves.

2.) Fallen by Lauren Kate

Holy crap, this series guys. I had no idea I could despise a series as much as I do this one. The story, characters, and writing are all dull and fall flat. I read the first two and endured a lot of mental suffering because of it. For some reason though, I kind of like torturing myself and see whether or not the series could get better. Who knows what will happen?

1.) Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

I read the first two novels of this infamous trilogy when I was in middle school. Back when I read them, I could find no faults and adored them to pieces. Since then, I've grown as a reader and what I do remember I have a lot of mixed feelings about. With everyone freaking out about what happened in Allegiant, I've been completely spoiled and feel no desire to read the conclusion.

Have you read any of these mentioned above?? What did you think of them? What books do you think I should reconsider?

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

September Wrap Up!

This month I read 13 books! I'm really proud of my number for this month. School started back in late August, but it is getting really intense right now, so I'm super happy with the number of books I have read!

1.) The Cell Phone Swap by Lindsey Summers

The Cell Phone Swap can be found on the Wattpad app! You can find more of my thoughts here! The novel follows Keeley, a high school girl and sister of the school's quarterback. She accidentally swaps phones with a stranger at the fair, and the story expands from there. My only complaint is that I enjoyed the first half of the novel so much more than the second. I found it to be getting a bit repetitive near the end, but I still liked it and gave the novel 3.5 Stars!

2.) Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Reckoning is the conclusion of the Sweet Evil trilogy. When I first started the trilogy, I was so torn. I gave the first novel 2 stars and the second 3.25 stars. However, with Sweet Reckoning I had such a better experience. Though I didn't love it, it was such a great conclusion and I can't wait to get my hands on Sweet Temptation. The conclusion was everything I wanted and was a solid 4 Star read.

3.) My Brother's Best Friend by KnightsRachel

My Brohter's Best Friend is also found on the Wattpad app as well. As I'm sure you can tell, My Brother's Best Friend is all about our main character, Emily, falling in love with her brother's best friend. The novel delves in to some really dark topics, but I could not connect with Emily that much and got bored with the unneccesary drama. You can know more about my thoughts here! Overall, I gave the novel 2.75 Stars.

4.) In 27 Days by Ally Gervais

In 27 Days blew me away! The plot is nothing like I've read before as it follows Hadley,a girl who makes a deal with Death to try and save the life Archer Morales, who will commit suicide in 27 days. Not only was it unique, but I really loved all the subplots as well and easily connected with the characters. You can find a mini review of it here as well where I gave it 4 Stars.

5.) Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Biggest Flirts was such a frustrating read for me! The main character, Tia, was so infuriating. She was such a self sabotaging character and it annoyed me so much. While Tia had her reasons, I just could not handle it. You can find a completely detailed full review here that explains my feelings toward the book. I gave it 2.75 Stars.

6.) Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker

Touch Me Not is a new adult novel that I found on Wattpad as well. The read was immersive and compelling, and I could not put it down! The novel is centered around Lily and the deal she makes with bad boy Nikoli to overcome her fear of physical touch. It was just recently published as an ebook and I couldn't be happier with the news! Touch Me Not was a great novel and I gave it 4 Stars! You can find a mini review along with some other wattpad reads here

7.) Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants was such an inspirational read and I am so happy to have read it. Though I didn't love it and had my problems, it was completely deserving of the 3.65 Stars I gave it. You can find my mini review of it here.

8.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I had to read the Scarlet Letter for my English class at school. The writing style was really dry and drawn out, but I did like the novel for what it is. It's never going to be my favorite, but I did appreciate it. I gave this novel 3 Stars.

9.) Them by Carey Heywood

Them is the final book in the Him & Her trilogy by Carey Heywood. I gave the novel 4 Stars. The series and this novel was not earth changing, but really fun to read. If you're looking for a quick and easy series to read, I definitely recommend picking up the novels.

10.) The Other Side of Someday by Carey Heywood

After reading Them, I wanted to read more of Carey Heywood's writing; I love her style! I wasn't blown away by this novel, but it was really cute. The characters weren't as likable as the ones in her trilogy I that I have read, but it was a solid read. The Other Side of Someday was fun and quick. Heywood is definitely an author that I will continue to read, and I never want to stop. I gave the novel 3.5 Stars!
 11.) Only For Him by Cristin Harber

Only For Him was a 'meh' kind of read. It was quick, but a bit boring and run of the mill for me. The characters weren't unique enough for me to really remember them. Harber has a much loved other series, so maybe one day I'll pick it up, but I don't feel the need to right now. Only For Him was a 2.25 Star read.

12.) Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Jesse's Girl was such a cute and fun read! You can check out my full review here! I loved the music aspect of the novel and would definitely recommend this to people who are passaionate about music or love reading young adult contemporaries. Kenneally has written many young adult novels and is known for her Hundred Oaks series. I gave this one 3.9 Stars!

13.) Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

Freak of Nature is the final book I read in the month of September. I initially heard about this novel from Benjaminoftomes over on youtube. I was immediately interested and once it was free on ibooks, I bought it. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. I expected some amazing adventure and all I got was an insta-love story that didn't peak my interest until halfway through. 2.75 Stars.

I had a pretty good reading month in September! Just like the previous months, there have been some that I was a bit disappointed by and others that blew me expectations away. I'm really proud I managed to read so much and I hope I can have around the same number of books read by the end of October as well!

Have you read any of the books listed above? What was your favorite and least favorite read of 
the month?

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Genni @ Ready, Set Read!