Saturday, July 21, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

Title: Nyxia Unleashed
Author: Scott Reintgen
Series? Yes, Nyxia Unleashed is the second in a YA science fiction series.
Pages: 400
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: I received an e-galley of Nyxia Unleashed in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. :)
Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octance thriller.”

Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.

But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Let's Talk | Blaming the Victim in Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault  (Unwanted Groping) and Sexual Harassment 

A couple weeks ago, I read Katie McGarry's Say You'll Remember Me. I've read other books my McGarry and enjoyed them, and I thought I would enjoy her newest release. Unfortunately, I was taken aback by how McGarry handled instances of sexual assault and harassment. I am shocked that such blatant victim blaming was allowed in the book, and that the sexual assault and harassment were used as mere plot devices for the two leads to become closer. 

One of the most blatant examples of victim blaming comes halfway through the audiobook, when Ellison, the main character, is sexually groped by a politician at an event. When she leaves the room to take a breath of air, she is chastised by one of her peers, Andrew, for interacting with the man who assaulted her. Andrew tells her that Ellison should have known better, and shouldn't have talked to the assaulter. First, the assaulter approached her, and she didn't know how to get out of the situation, considering that the attacker was in a power of position, and was potentially financing Ellison's father's run for senate. Then, after Andrew leaves, her love interest, Hendricks, comes up. When the approach the topic of Ellison's assault, he says, "That asshole touched you, and you let him." Ellison, in her inner thoughts, concedes to this point, stating how she did not verbally or physically protest the groping. In these interactions, readers are told that it is their fault if they are assaulted. The message in these scenes are clear: Ellison should have known better, and because she didn't verbally or physically protest, she is at fault for her own assault. The way this was handled was, frankly, horrifying. We should never put any of the blame on victims, no matter the situation, and I'm surprised that through rounds of edits that the assault was handled better.

Before this scene, a pattern of sexual harassment and assault against Ellison was established. Early in the book, Ellison goes to a fair. She was supposed to be with Andrew (aforementioned peer), but because they don't get along, they went their separate ways. While she was walking through the fair, she is followed by a pair of college men who taunt her. They first tell her how beautiful she is, and when she doesn't give them any attention, they begin to tell her what they want done to them sexually, and grab their crotches. Ellison eventually gets away from them, only for them to later follow her. At this point, Ellison has met Hendricks, her love interest. Hendricks helps Ellison, and is labeled a hero. From there on, Hendricks wants to continue to be Ellison's hero. When she is sexually assaulted at the aforementioned party, Hendricks' remarks being jealous that Andrew swooped in, claiming that he wanted to be Ellison's hero. This situation is problematic for a few reasons, as detailed below.
  1. Ellison's sexual assault and harassment are plot points that allows Hendricks, the male love interest, to be a hero. The attention is not on what Ellison is experiencing and how the actions of the three men are horrific, but on how wonderful and valiant Hendricks is. This shows that Katie McGarry isn't adding in the sexual assault and harassment to make a statement on today's society, but is adding it in as a plot point to further along the romantic relationship of the two protagonists. 
  2. Hendrick's is labeled as a "hero," for doing something morally just. Men shouldn't be applauded for doing something decent, like interfering when someone is being harassed or assaulted. Yes, it is great that Ellison was able to remove herself from both situations with the help of others, but we shouldn't commend others for doing what should be expected, which is to help in any way they can. 
  3. Since a pattern of harassment and assault was established a the fair scene, and then later when Ellison remarks that she had called her brother in the past when something similar happened to her before, it is even more troubling that Ellison and others put the blame on her. Hendricks says he wants to be her hero, as he was labeled after the fair incident, and yet he blames Ellison the next time something similar happens. By having Hendricks labeled as a hero, readers are more likely to disregard his later response, or even think it is appropriate. 
This past year, there has been a rising conversation on sexual assault, whether in Hollywood, the political sphere, or everyday life. While strides are being made, books like Say You'll Remember Me are flying under the radar despite the problematic content. The novel has a 3.99 average rating on goodreads, and a large majority of the reviews love Ellison and  Hendricks' relationship. As reviewers, I believe it is our responsibility to call out novels for their problematic content, in hopes of bettering the community, the books we read, and the morals they teach. There are young adult novels that have much healthier relationships, and I urge you to look elsewhere if you want to read a contemporary romance. 

Have you read Say You'll Remember Me? What did you think? Let's discuss!

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

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Monday, July 16, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Everless by Sara Holland

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Series? Yes, Everless is the first book in a duology.
Pages: 362
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: I checked out the audiobook of Everless from my local library via Libby. 
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mini Book Reviews | Romance!

Title: Roomies
Author: Christina Lauren
Series? No
Pages: 368
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: I checked out the paperback edition of Roomies from my local library.

Even though I mostly read Young Adult fiction, I heard a lot about Roomies from other bloggers. It seems like everyone had fun reading it, so I decided to give it a go. Little did I know that Roomies would spur a need inside me to read more romance! Author duo Christina Lauren is wildly popular, and after reading Roomies, I completely understand. The romance between the leads, Calvin and Holland, was palpable and the sex scenes were written very well. There is quite a bit of comedy in Roomies as well, which balanced out the drama interspersed through the novel. Though I don't think I would enter a marriage of convenience, as Holland does to ensure Calvin isn't deported, it did allow for a fun and sexy read! I would recommend Roomies, especially if you are more interested in contemporary romances rather than fantastical or historical romances! 

I give Roomies 4 out of 5 Flowers!

Friday, July 6, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Title: Hunted
Author: Meagan Spooner
Series: No, Hunted is a standalone
Pages: 374
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: I checked out the audiobook of Hunted from my local library via the app Libby.

New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner spins a thoroughly thrilling Beauty and the Beast story for the modern age, expertly woven with spellbinding romance, intrigue, and suspense that readers won’t soon be able to forget.

Beauty knows the Beast's forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas . . . or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin, or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Title: Stay Sweet
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Series? No, Stay Sweet is a standalone
Pages: 368
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: I listened to the audiobook of Stay Sweet from my local library via Libby.
A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

June Wrap Up + Updates!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni and today I'll be talking about the books I have read in June as well as share some updates! 

June was a pretty great reading month for me (11 books!) and now I'm only three books behind my goodreads goal! I also enjoyed all the books I read last month. All of them were 3.5 Star reads or more! I've only reviewed three of the eleven so far, so be on the lookout for some more reviews this July!

1) Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Save the Date is Matson's newest release, and I really enjoyed it! It wasn't my favorite, but it was entertaining. There was just a bit too many antics for me, and the book seemed much longer than the couple days it took place in. 

2) Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe is the first in a dystopian duology. Though I didn't love the book, it was good enough for me to continue on with the series. I'm planning on reading Resist this first week of July. The characters verged on one-dimensional, but the setting itself was intriguing.

Friday, June 29, 2018

10 Perfect Summer Reads!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be sharing ten books that I think are perfect for summer. For all my northern hemisphere readers, these books will be perfect whether you are lounging by the pool or are heading in for that miraculous air conditioning. For my southern hemisphere readers, I hope you enjoy these come December!

Without further ado, here are 10 books that I think are perfect for the summer!

Now, I don't know about you but when I think summer reads I immediately think: contemporary. Summer romance, summer jobs, getting ready for college, everything! BUT I do know that some of you don't like contemporary, so I'll make sure that there are some books outside of that genre.

Here are 7 contemporary reads! 

10) Dating You/Hating You and Roomies by Christina Lauren
I had to have a two in one here! I recently read both of these books by Christina Lauren and thought they were the perfect summer reads. They are both romance novels, but have that fun spirit I associate with new adult reads. The chemistry is off the charts, and the plots suck me in!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Title: From Twinkle, With Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Series? No
Pages: 336
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: I received an e-arc of From Twinkle, With Love via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Simon & Schuster!

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings! No. 15

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Friday 56 and Book Beginnings. They are hosted by Freda's Voice and Rose City Reader, respectively!

The rules are simple for both. For the Friday 56, we turn to page 56 or 56% in our e-reader and highlight a passage of any book! Book Beginnings is where you feature the first sentence (or so) of a book and give your thoughts and impressions.

This weekend I'll be featuring Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren! 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Series I Won't be Continuing

Hi everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I wasn't sure what to post today, but I have seen some other posts around similar to this one, and decided to add my two cents in. I've been feeling under the weather recently, but hopefully I'll be able to get my posts up in time! I have a pretty bad headache from all my congestion, which has allowed me to just relax, color, and listen to some audiobooks though, so that's my silver lining! 

Without further ado, here are some series I won't be continuing (as of now). I'm a mood reader, and though I'm pretty certain in my choices today, I just might feel an urge to pick the series back up down the road. 

I enjoyed The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles enough, but I don't feel compelled to continue on with the series. This seems to be a duology, but I don't want to read a book just for the sake of finishing a series. 

I have very mixed feeling on Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation. Man, these Jeff's aren't pulling through, haha! :D There were times when I was invested in the plot, but I didn't like the narrator's voice. While my sister is going to be continuing with the series, I didn't enjoy the first book enough to warrant reading another two. I'll just learn what happens in the next two books from her. 

Don't get me wrong, Unblemished by Sara Ella wasn't a bad book. In fact, after getting through the exposition, I enjoyed myself. But I don't feel any pull towards reading the sequels, and I know that if I do, I'll just be adding a less than raving review on goodreads. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Title: 180 Seconds
Author: Jessica Park
Series? No, 180 Seconds is a standalone novel.
Pages: 300
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: I bought the paperback edition of 180 Seconds from Amazon.
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Title: Breathe
Author: Sarah Crossan
Series? Yes, the first in a duology
Pages: 373
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Source: I checked out the hardcover edition of Breathe from my local library.
The world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can't? And what if you think everything could be different? Three teens will leave everything they know behind in Sarah Crossan's gripping and original dystopian teen novel of danger, longing, and glimmering hope.

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina's a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn's a Premium who's never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who's never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Matching YA Books with Taylor Swift's Reputation

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'm going to be finding a book that goes hand in hand with the songs from Taylor Swift's newest album, Reputation. I've been a long time Swiftie, so I wanted to give a Taylor Swift spin to my content here at Ready, Set, Read!

Each song from Reputation will be matched to a book, and I'll also be putting the lyrics from the song that best correlate to the book! There are 15 songs in the album, and therefore 15 books on this list!


I-I-I see how this is gon' go
Touch me and you'll never be alone
I-Island breeze and lights down low
No one has to know

Nantucket Blue follows main character Cricket, and her secret summer romance with her best friend's brother. During the summer, she is on Nantucket Island. I thought the lyrics about the island breeze and no one knowing fit well with the general plot! 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings! No. 14

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Friday 56 and Book Beginnings. They are hosted by Freda's Voice and Rose City Reader, respectively!
The rules are simple for both. For the Friday 56, we turn to page 56 or 56% in our e-reader and highlight a passage of any book! Book Beginnings is where you feature the first sentence (or so) of a book and give your thoughts and impressions.

This week I'll be featuring Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk. If you want to learn more about the YA Spartacus reimagining, check out the goodreads page here!  

Book Beginnings!

When I picked Blood and Sand up, this opening line made me continue reading! This line stands as its own paragraph, so I kept reading to figure out who this mysterious "them" are. The second paragraph delves further into these slaves, who are a group of women who are about to be sold, including our main character. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Title: Frostfire
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series? Yes, the first in a trilogy, the Kanin Chronicles
Pages: 321
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Source: I checked out Frostfire at my local library.

The first book in a magical new YA series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking that invites readers back to the beloved world of the Trylle.

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royalty. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings! No. 13

Hey everyone and welcome back (or to!!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Friday 56 and Book Beginnings. They are hosted by Freda's Voice and Rose City Reader, respectively!
The rules are simple for both. For the Friday 56, we turn to page 56 or 56% in our e-reader and highlight a passage of any book! Book Beginnings is where you feature the first sentence (or so) of a book and give your thoughts and impressions.

It's been a hot minute since I've done these posts, but I want to make it a regular feature again. I love making graphics, and hopefully it's something I can get better at. Also, it gives me some great time to listen to my audiobook as I work. :)

This week I'll be featuring Breathe by Sarah Crossan. If you want to learn more about the YA dystopia, check out the goodreads page here!  

Book Beginnings!

In my opinion, this is a wonderful opening line. When I read the first chapter for a previous post (link here), I was intrigued right from the get-go! It sets ups the world: air is now a commodity, and introduces the character as rebellious. 

Friday 56!

At the moment I made these graphics and am writing this post, I haven't gotten to this part of the book. After this line, I'm interested to see what exactly happened, and why no one can seem to find the words or noise. 

I edited both of these photos with canva. The images were from their stock images selection, which gets images from both Pixabay and Unsplash.
 Have you read Breathe? What did you think? Share some of your favorite opening lines of a book down below!

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

If you participated in either meme this week, don't be shy to leave a link to your post. I'd love to see some new blogs and get to know some more bloggers better. :)

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Wrap Up!

Hi everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be wrapping up May. I didn't get as much reading done as I'd hoped, but more than in recent months.

Before getting into my wrap up, I'd appreciate if you visited this post, where you get to choose some of the books I read in June! I only got a couple votes, and I'd like a bit more before I start reading them. :)

In May, I read a total of 10 books.

1) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Obisdio is the final book in the Illuminae Files, one of my favorite series. Though Obsidio wasn't my favorite in the trilogy, it was a spectacular conclusion. I would be thrilled if Kaufman and Kristoff ever co-authored again.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Trying a Chapter Book Tag!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be doing the Trying a Chapter Book Tag. I've seen this tag for years on youtube, and have seen it around the blogosphere as well. I haven't been tagged by anyone, but decided to give this a go! These books will esssentialy be my June TBR, since I don't have naything concrete in mind for the next month. I think this book tag will be perfect. Not only am I opening up some books that have been on my bookshelf for way too long, but I'll hopefully find my next read!

Today I'll be trying a chapter from:
1) Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
2) Starflight by Melissa Landers
3) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
4) Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
5) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

My Thoughts!
1) Coming Up for Air

I wanted to continue reading after I finished this chapter! I really want to read a cute contemprary - my most recent reads and current reads are all mostly fantasy or sci-fi. From what I've read from Miranda Kenneally, her books are always super fun with that angst that I love in my romances. I actuallty flipped through some of the book and read some other scnes, and I think I would really like this one!

2) Starflight

This wasn't the strongest first chapters, but enough to make me want to keep reading. I liked Melissa Landers' Alienated trilogy, and got the same vibe from this book. I never loved Alienated, but it was a fun and quick read, and I think Starlight will be the same. This will probably be my first read out of these five. 

3) Second Chance Summer
This was a pretty good chapter, but didn't introduce anything new. I already knew the plot of Second Chance Summer before picking this up, so while the set-up was entertaining, it wasn't anything special for me. However, I tend to love Morgan Matson's books, and this seems to be the masses' favorite. I also have an ARC of Save the Date, her upcoming release, so we'll see which one gets read first. 

4) Without Merit

This was probably my favorite chapter. I have a weird relationship with Colleen Hoover now. I like her writing, but I do think that some of her books can be problematic. There's this great video by Whitney (one of my favorite booktubers) who discusses problematic relationships, including the one in November 9, as she gets ready. Check her video out here if you want to know all the details. I'm a bit hesitant about reading Without Merit due to my personal problems with November 9 and Ugly Love, but I still want to give Hoover a chance. She's made some mistakes in her portrayals of relationships (in my opinion), but she has also written some of my favorite books, so I'm going to read this one.

5) The Iron King

Honestly, I wasn't too impressed with the first chapter of this one, but I didn't think it was horrible. I've read Talon by Julie Kagawa, but I thought the book was just okay. I want to give Kagawa another chance, and I've owned this book for a while. I'm interested to see where it goes, but so far, the book just seems like a standard fantasy. I do think if I read this and continue on with the series, the writing will improve throughout the series, as it has with Cassandra Clare. 

So those are my thoughts on each book! I actually read a couple more chapters of Without Merit, Second Chance Summer, and Starlight, so those are the first contenders. Now that the month is almost over, I'm looking forward to reading those. :) Other than these books, I also want to read some books from my previous post, "Goodreads Chooses my May TBR!" Also, don't forget to vote for what wattpad books I should read next here

Monday, May 21, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Midnight Sun by Trish Cook

Title: Midnight Sun
Author: Trish Cook
Series? Nope! Midnight Sun is a standalone
Pages: 263
Publication Date: September 7, 2017
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (imprint of Hachette Children's Group)
Source: I bought the paperback edition of Midnight Sun.

A heartbreaking tale of love, loss and one nearly perfect summer - perfect for fans of The Fault In Our Stars and Everything, Everything.

Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.

Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.

As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Series? No
Pages: 394
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: I received an e-galley of Emergency Contact via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. :) Thank you!
For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Goodreads Chooses my May TBR!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today, I decided to do something a little different. A couple weeks ago, I was thinking about how I didn't know what I wanted to read after my first year of university ended. Lala from BookandLala on youtube has recently been doing videos where her husband, son, etc. chooses her TBR for the month. So, I decided to give that a spin and have goodreads choose my TBR!

*As I was planning this, a new video by Riley Marie did the same thing! Make sure to check out her video. :)

If you are new here or aren't aware, I do not do well with TBRs! I'm a mood reader, but hopefully I'll get to a couple of the books that goodreads suggests.

For this TBR, I'm going to goodreads and randomizing my want to read list. I'm going to pick the first book on the list, and then refresh. If a book comes up that is not yet released, or that I don't own and isn't at my local library, then I'll just choose the next one on the list that is easily available to me. Since I am a mood reader, I decided to pick seven books in the hopes that I will read two of them.

1) Uprooted by Naomi Novak

This book was all the rage in 2015. I was interested in it (I mean, it's a standalone fantasy!) but I was overwhelmed by all the hype surrounding it. Now that talk of this has died down, I'm looking forward to reading this one. 

2) Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
I was happy to see that this ended up being one of my picks! I actually checked this out from my local library a year or two ago during the summer, but realized it was connected to a broader series. So, I went back and read the Trylle series by Hocking instead. I don't remember much of the world (besides that there were trolls and my ship sailed), but I'm looking forward to getting back into it! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Vote for What Wattpad Book Should I Read!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! So I'm in the mood for some trashy (and cringe-y) romances, but don't want to buy any books and I'm unfamiliar with the romance collection at my library. So, I decided to try my luck with wattpad!

I have years of experience with wattpad, resulting in a love/hate relationship. There are times when I just want to read fast-paced (possibly bad) books, and whenever I do, I download wattpad. However, I haven't actually had much luck with any of the books I have read. While they are entertaining, I haven't found a wattpad book that I have sincerely enjoyed for about two years. In hopes of having better luck, so I decided to let you decide what I should read. Before I list the choices, here are the books I have read on wattapad before.

So to make this fun, I have two different lists:
  1. Books that I genuinely think I would like/sound good
  2. Books with the funniest/weirdest title or premise
 In order to make this more interactive, you will have the opportunity to vote for what I will read. Whatever book gets the most votes for each list by the end of the month, I will read for June!

What Wattpad Book Should I Read Next? (List 1)

Three and a Half Good Legs
Kiss of the Greek
Sweet Addiction
A Room for my Pretend Love
Gone with a Blink
Shadows May Fall
Girls Who Dreamt of Castles
Dying Embers
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What Wattpad Book Should I Read Next? (List 2)

Three and a Half Good Legs
Mate or Not. You're Still a Jerk.
Finding Love in a Coffee Shop
The Shy Girl Has a Gun
Waist-Deep in Walmart
Maid for Hire
I Sold Myself to the Devil for Vinyls...Pitiful I Know
No Friends, Just Benefits.
Friendship for Dummies
Find Her, Keep Her
I Think I Love My Brother's Best Friend
He's My Mate!
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If you want to know more about the books, you can click here for a reading list for all the books in the first list, and here for all the books for the second list!

Thanks so much for stopping by and voting! Hopefully I'll enjoy the ones that win, and if not, it was still a fun experience! 

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

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!