Review : Simon VS The Homo Sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. 


I know there’s already a review of this book on the blog…and i don’t usually talk about my rereads, but i just had to say this again : I LOVE THIS BOOK. Everything about it. The storyline is cute and fun. It was actually really great to reread the story knowing who Blue was. Some scenes just sounded more interesting now that i knew who he was.  The characters also really make this book special. They are geeky and easy to relate too. I just don’t even know what else to say, i love this book with everything i have. It really helped me with that stupid readinh slump. 

Will you judge me if i start a third reread already?

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda : 5/5 (Reread)

Review : A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

“Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.”

I had weird, mixed feelings about this book. The first thing that really hit me was that the romance was the most important part of the story. I felt like the rest of it, the traveling, the mystery, it all came after the romance. it wasn’t that awesome either, we have a love triangle, which i don’t really like. I found the storyline interesting enough most of the time, but there’s a lot of time when i was bored. I also felt like we were being dropped in the middle of the story, like i was missing an information. This info is found in many flashbacks. I don’t mind flashbacks, but in this case, i felt like it broke the pace of the main story. I really didn’t care much about the characters. They were abit dull. The main character was the worst, i didn’t hate her, i just think she had no personnality. 

So, interesting concept, good writing, but this book felt abit meh to me…i don’t think i’ll be reading the rest of the series.

A Thousand Pieces of you : 3/5

Review : Starflight by Melissa Landers

“Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe… ”

  
this book comes out February 2th

Oh, Melissa Landers. Your books are always so freaking fun! She just knows how to write refreashing and entertaining sci-fi. Starflight was incredible. it was a wonderful ride and i’m kind of sad that it’s over. The storyline was great, full of interesting adventure, good action scenes and mystery. it was hard to put it down. I also really enjoy the romance. It was not a quick love, it had time to grow. And i love seeing it become more and more important. Doran and Solara’s relationship was great. They are extremely entertaining to watch. Plus, those characters were amazing. I love them all. Solara is exactly what i like in a main character : Smart, strong, but also vulnerable. Doran. oh, my love. Doran made his way into my book boyfriend list. He is amazing. I like how Landers gives flaws to her characters, it makes them more human. I have to say that i also LOVE the side characters. The whole crew was fantastic and i can’t wait to learn more about them in the next book. I love Melissa Landers writing so much. I’m a fan and i will read everything she ever writes. 

Starflight : 4.5/5

Review : Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. ”
  
Six of Crows was unexpected. This book got me by surprise and I loved it. It was amazing. I don’t know what else to say. Amazing. The Storyline was perfect. Entertaining, fun and fast-paced, i just couldn’t put it down. I was hooked from the start, sucked into this fantastic story. The last couple of chapters were intense and crazy, i’m sooooo excited for the sequel. Obviously, a good story is nothing if you don’t add good characters, but don’t worry, Six of Crows gives us an epic cast of characters. They are realistic and fascinating. Seeing them all together, the way they acts as a group, was so fun! I love having all the POVs. Learning about all of them. I can’t even decided who is my favorite, they are all incredible! and to be honest, i miss them all already. Don’t know how i am going to survive until september. The world building was well done, the whole magic aspect was smart and fun! The writing is great, i really enjoy Bardugo’s way of creating this world and all those imaginative characters.

This book was awesome. Perfect. A must read. I enjoyed everything about this book and I will be rereading it. Six of Crows is a new favorite and I will recommend it to everybody who will listen.

Six of Crows : 5/5

Review : Ten by Gretchen McNeil

“SHHHH!Don’t spread the word!Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.You do NOT want to miss it.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?”

  
This book was wayyyy better than I expected. It was fun and entertaining. The storyline was not very original, seen it many times before, but it was well-done. It kept me guessing until the very end, i always love the whole “one of us is the killer” aspect in a horror story. Some parts of the plot were pretty obvious and it drived me crazy that the characters didn’t see it. The main mystery was still very interesting and I really wanted to know who the killer was. I like the characters, well, most of them anyway. Meg is smart and i really like her as a narrator. i didn’t understand her friendship with Minnie. That girl was awful, just awful and annoying and so freaking stupid, i just don’t know why Meg would keep being friend with that girl. i enjoy the writing, even if it was nothing fantastic, easy to follow and overall pretty good. The setting of the island adds a creepy aspect to the story, i really like it.

This book was pretty good, quick and entertaining. 

Ten : 4/5

Review : Reality Boy by A.S. King

Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.”

  

Reality Boy was my first A.S. King book and it didn’t start off very well. it took me a while to really get into it, and by a while I mean almost 200 pages. To be honest, i had a hard time to connect with the story and to care about the characters.

but overall, it was still a enjoyable read. I absolutely loved the second half of this book. The story is completely messed up. It made me feel incomfortable from the start. This family is one of the most dysfunctional I have ever read about. the whole situation was disturbing and heartbreaking at the same time. i felt so bad for Gerald, our main character in this story. He is a very trouble boy, the anger aspect was intetesting. i have not read many books with a character who has anger issues, so for me, it was very intriguing to meet Gerald.  The character developpement was incredible and well-done, you can see how much he changes in this story. A.S. King is a fantastic writer. Her writing is the only thing that kept me reading at first. she can capture how tragic and harsh the story  is. She also knows how to picture the emotions. i really, really, really want to check out more of her book.

Reality boy will probably never be my favorite book, but I still think it was a pretty interesting read. It was dark parts, funny parts and a strong and hopeful ending. 

Reality Boy : 3.5/5

Review : Conversion by Katherine Howe

“It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago .” (goodreads)

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i was expecting so much from this book. the storyline sounded so epic, i wanted to read this book since it came out.
but i was disappointed.
my main problem with this book was the characters. Colleen Rowley is so boring. i could have got over her very boring voice if she was not also judgmental, annoying, immature, irritating, competitive and the worst friend ever. the more i think about it, the more i see Colleen as a terrible main character. i didn’t care about her at all. Even the side characters were empthy, they are all clichés and without personality. that is the first thing that killed the book for me.
the other thing was that the writer had an awesome idea but doesn’t focus on it. most of the book is about how stressful the life of these teenagers are. it all about friendship, romance, college and just a little bit a witchcraft. i know Howe wanted to show how hard being a teenager can be, but i really felt like nothing was happening. The book didn’t develop into something creepy. the ending was very disappointing. i enjoyed the jumps in time but i was hoping it would actually get to something. At the end, it just two completely differents stories in one book. The build up was okay but the final conclusion was uneventful.
Conversion could’ve been an amazing book and it’s not that i hated it, just think that something was missing from the story to make it interesting…

Conversion : 2.5/5