Book Review- P.S.I still love you by Jenny Han

20698530Title: P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Synopsis: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

 


“Lara Jean, I think you half-fall in love with every person you meet. It’s part of your charm. You’re in love with love.”
P.S. I Still Love You


My Review: I remember finishing ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ in one afternoon. It was a whirlwind of cuteness and once. I was in love with how adorable it was. So I was obviously ‘quite‘ excited to delve into this book. Unfortunately, I was left quite disappointed.

My reaction after reading this book: 

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Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a BAD book, but it wasn’t a great one either. I feel like this book was quite a step down from the first book. It didn’t have the same spark. My main problem with this book was the romance. Yes, I understand that it’s great to have relationships in books that are realistic and that I can’t always be rainbows and unicorns. BUT Lara Jean and Peter just felt like different characters. Lara Jean was acting immature and Peter was acting like a massive asshole. Ughh, I read this book for the cute romance and I wasn’t feeling it. There was no character development and no real plot in this book. And you’ll never guess it…. ….ANOTHER BOY WAS INTRODUCED!!!

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Yes, John Ambrose McClaren was a perfectly nice boy, but WHY does there always have to be a love triangle in every YA book?!? I’m getting quite sick of it frankly.

The thing I love about Jenny Han’s books is is the family aspect. I love reading about family relationships ( One of the reasons why I love Gilmore Girls) and Lara Jean’s family is on all levels of cuteness.

Overall, this book was a fun read and had it’s cute moments, but I definitely didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one.


My rating :  ★★★  ( 3/5 )


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Signing off, Ash xx

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Review-My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

MySisterRosa_RCcvr.inddTitle: My Sister Rosa

Author: Justine Larbalestier

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Synopsis: Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che’s little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che’s convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn’t hurt anyone yet, but he’s certain it’s just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world – and the world from Rosa?


“Rosa ticks off everything from the Hare Psychopathy Checklist except for promiscuity, driving too fast and other adult sins. Give her time.”                            – My Sister Rosa


Fun Fact: My Sister Rosa is an Australian book!

My Review: This book captured me from the start. It was a very intriguing and enjoyable read. How can you not resist reading about a psychopathic 10 year girl? It’s hard to review this book without giving it away, but I will do my best.

The characters in this book are incredibly realistic. Che is a very relatable and likable character that actually SOUNDS like a teenage boy. Che believes, no, knows that his sister is a psychopath. Nobody but Che knows what Rosa is, and he’s the only one who can protect the world from her evil ways. I haven’t read many books with male povs so this book was a nice change. As Che is the main character of the book, we also learn about about his friends, interests and love life.

Rosa is a twisted, creepy and very disturbing little girl. She looks like the perfect little girl-blue eyes, blonde hair, dimples- but is the complete opposite. She has no empathy or remorse. She uses and manipulates people for her own gain. She enjoys seeing people in pain, even inflicting it if she has to. Throughout the book, you never quite knew what Rosa was going to do next.

The plot of this book can become quite tiring at times. The first half of this book progressed quite slowly, leaving readers anticipating for the climax of the story. But then….. we were hit with a MAJOR PLOT-TWIST.  I’m still reeling after how intense the ending was.

Another amazing point about this book was the amount of diversity in it. SO MUCH DIVERSITY. There were white people, black people, half Asian people, lesbian characters, a non-binary character and more. I can’t say I can name many books that has as much diversity as My Sister Rosa.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. You will not be able to get over the ending.

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My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)


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Book Review of ‘Just a Few Inches’ + Author interview with Tara St Pierre

Hi everyone❤

Today’s post is a special one as I have both a book review and author interview with Tara St Pierre! The author of the book:‘Just a Few Inches’. This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or review of the book. So let’s begin this post with the interview I had with the lovely Tara St Pierre:


Me: What were your ideas/ inspiration for writing Just a Few Inches?

Tara: I was standing in the checkout line at a drugstore or supermarket, casually glancing at the magazines. I was struck by how many of them featured headlines about ways to shed pounds and/or inches. This over-emphasis of how women “have to” appear was distressing. But it was one particular headline that utilized the word shrink that caught my attention, saying “shrink your waist” or something like that.

Being a fan of classic science fiction movies, my mind did some free-association and connected with the 50s film The Incredible Shrinking Man. I imagined a scenario where a teenage girl influenced by these magazine covers and television ads would unnecessarily want to be a little bit smaller, only to find that she was getting smaller in a very different way.

After that, I researched factors that may play a part in society’s perception of body image. Is it the media? I could explore this question by giving my protagonist Carrie have a career goal in journalism. Is it competition with each other? I could explore this question by giving her boyfriend an ex-girlfriend that may want him back. Is it fashion dolls girls play with? I could explore this question by shrinking Carrie down to that size. Once these questions—and ways to address them—were developed, I knew I had something.

Me: How long did it take for you to write your novel?

Tara: My inspiration for the novel came in the mid-90s, and back then, I wrote maybe the first six or seven chapters of the novel. I was much less experienced with plot outlining back then, and I was writing with very little idea of where the story was going to end, so I stalled. Over the years, I’d revisit what I had written, maybe make a few changes, but I was never able to move forward.

In early 2014, I was looking at the first chapter and I saw one of the things I was missing. Carrie needed a career goal, and it made perfect sense for her to want to go into journalism. Who better to comment on the media than someone who would have some understanding of it? Then I wrote the prologue (renamed as “Before”) and epilogue (“After”), and I had the bookends of the story.

Once that happened, I sat down with a calendar and planned the second half of Carrie’s senior year in high school—from the Valentine’s Dance, the Prom, all the way to Graduation and slightly beyond—matching her dwindling height to the various events. After that, it took about six months to write the first draft, and then I spent almost a year revising and tightening the story.

Me: Have you always wanted to be an author?

Tara: I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and I’ve always enjoyed creating stories. I’ve written lots of things, and they’re in various stages of completion. I write at whatever pace I like and whenever I have free time, so I don’t know if I could ever be a full-time author with deadlines to meet.

Friends of mine have enjoyed my stories, so when I learned about self-publishing options, I decided to research further. It seemed like a good fit for me because I don’t look at my writing as my primary career—I have one of those. I write because it’s part of who I am, and it’s exciting to share the stories and have people respond positively to them. Sure, it would be cool sell millions of copies, but until that happens I’m grateful for every sale I get.

Me: Are you currently writing/ planning on writing any upcoming novels?

Tara: Of course I am! I’ve got several other projects that I’ve worked on over the years that I hope to revisit and finish. Also, a new idea came into my head within the past month, and I can hear the protagonist’s voice screaming to get out. I have the ending of this idea—particularly the antagonist’s true motivations—all figured out, and I may start drafting the first chapter soon.

Me: What was your favourite part about writing your novel?

Tara: Doing all the math involved! I wanted Carrie’s shrinkage to follow a predictable pattern, so I had to create a mathematical equation for it. Because she gets smaller, everything appears larger to her. I needed to calculate how much larger so I could better describe it from her point of view.

Also, in order to capture what her world looked like to her, I explored my house from different perspectives. Sometimes, I’d walk around on my knees to see what I could reach. Sometime, I’d lie on the floor and look up at things. I’m sure I looked a little odd, but it was all to make the book feel that much more real.

Me: And finally, what is your favourite book of all time?

Tara: How do I pick just one? Obviously, the Harry Potter series is phenomenal, and I can’t wait to read Cursed Child. I’m also a big fan of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, primarily for its structure. I love how he told two first-person stories in a seamless way.


 

 

25636813Title: Just a Few Inches

Author: Tara St Pierre

Genre: YA contemporary, Romance, Sci- Fi

Purchasing links:

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00XX8HGUS

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XX8HGUS

Synopsis: All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.

We all have the capacity for incredible achievements and incredible change, but those come from the inside, and none of it will happen while we’re obsessing about what’s on the outside.

– Just a Few Inches

My review: This book deals with the serious issues of body image and self-esteem in a great way. When Carrie sees a beautiful red dress while shopping with her friends, she knows she needs to wear it to the Valentine Dance. But the dress is a little too small for her, so she resorts to taking diet pills.She achieves her goal and fits perfectly in her dress on the night of the dance. Everybody is stunned at how beautiful she looks. But the diet pills don’t seem to be wearing off and she keeps on losing weight. Oh, and she also starts losing inches. Yes, you heard me right, she actually starts shrinking. Carrie can’t believe it and tries keeping it a secret. But then things start getting out of hand. Her shrinking is growing at a fast rate and there’s seems to be no end to it. How can Carrie stop shrinking?

This was a great book and I’m surprised at how much I liked it. The plot is unique and something that I haven’t ever read before. The book progressed quickly and I got hooked straight away. Carrie had a normal life. She was neither fat nor chubby in any means. She was an average height and lead an active lifestyle as a cheerleader. She had a loving family, boyfriend and group of friends. So why did Carrie decide to take diet pills INSECURITY is the answer. This book accurately deals with insecurity and why we succumb to it.

What I love most about this book is the vivid descriptions. Each chapter title had the progress of Carrie’s weight or height, which really added to the realism of the story. As Carrie keeps on shrinking, the story is shaped on how she views the world. It amazed me how much detail was put into the book for the readers to imagine how much Carrie was shrinking and how she viewed her surroundings. The comparisons in the book kept on making me imagine myself in her position *shudders*. This book was intense and gripping. I didn’t want to put it down, I HAD to know what would happen to Carrie.

This book is very realistic. I know, that sounds weird considering the book is about a girl shrinking. But it truly is. The characters were realistic and easy to relate to. The romance in the book was more of side issue, but it was still cute to read about. I enjoyed that it wasn’t too over the top. Carrie was a very strong character and it was actually really scary to imagine what she was going through.

I really enjoyed this book. It was very powerful, but in a subtle way. The way this book deals with body issues was very impressive and it was a very interesting read. I highly recommend reading this book, the story and message stays in your mind for a long time.

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My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)


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Hush, Hush (#1) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush,hushTitle: Hush, Hush (#1)

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Synopsis: Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

“Keep in mind that people change, but the past doesn’t.”                                                                                                                                                                      –Hush, Hush

My review: Wow, I really don’t know what to think about this book. A lot of mixed emotions were going through my head when I finished the book.

Did I like it? Yes
Did I love it? Definitely not

I was very hesitant to read this book in the first place surrounding all the negative reviews. But I decided to give it a try and make up my own mind. The book started a little slow for me, but I soon got addicted and finished it within the day.

Positives:
• The book was pretty damn interesting and it leaves you in suspense.
• It was fun trying to figure out who the true villain is in the story.
• Patch’s backstory is also very interesting to learn about, but there is so much missing information (I hope this is explained in the next books).

Negatives:
• I hated ALL the characters. I actually quite liked Vee at the beginning of the book, but her character soon became annoying and she was a pretty bad friend.
• Needs more information about the fallen angels and their world.
• I hated the romance. It was weird and was too forced.
• Ughh, I hated Nora so much. She was such a cliché character and I groaned at almost every decision she made.
• Wait, what even happened?

To sum it up, I definitely had my problems with the book, but that’s not going to stop me from reading the next installment!

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5)

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George by Alex Gino

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Author: Alex Gino

Genre: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction

Synopsis: When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

“George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds.
Mom, what if I’m a girl?”                                                                                                                            – George

Spoiler Warning: This review contains mild spoilers about the novel.

My review: This book makes me feel warm inside. It’s a quick read, but it leaves a lasting impression. This book is about George. George is a girl who is biologically a boy. When the class announces that they are doing a play on the novel Charlotte’s Web, George really wants to play the role of Charlotte and show everyone who she truly is.

This book explores Georges’s own feelings about who she is and how people will react to her being a girl. She loves reading glossy magazines and imagining herself as the girls in them. She hates going to the boy’s bathroom and talking about what was in between her legs. George researches online about being transgender and wants to fully transition into a girl. But for that to happen, she needs her parents permission.

I love Kelly so much, she is an amazing best friend to George. She encourages George to be who she is and researches online about  being transgender. She even calls her ‘Melissa’, the name that George calls herself in private. Scott, George’s older brother, is also accepting of George, telling her that it makes sense that George is actually a girl. George’s mother has mixed emotions about the situation, but wants what’s best for George.

The thing that I like most about this book is the pronouns used. This book is told in 3rd person and George is always referred to as ‘she’. I feel like this makes the message of the book that much stronger.

This books is a very emotional and honest read. It’s a great book for younger readers (as well as older readers) to explore transgender issues and diversity. It’s about learning to accept yourself for who you truly are. This is a book that I would recommend to everyone.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)

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Signing off, Ash xx

Review- The One by Kiera Cass

SPOILER WARNING: This review contains major spoilers. 


Synopsis: The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.


“Maxon, some of those marks are on your back so they wouldn’t be on mine, and I love you for them.”

He stopped breathing for a second. “What did you say?”

I smiled. “I love you.”

“One more time, please? I just—”

I took his face in both of my hands. “Maxon Schreave, I love you. I love you.”

“And I love you, America Singer. With all that I am, I love you.”
―The One


15844362My Review: Before I begin, How gorgeous is that cover? The Selection Series has the most beautiful covers I have ever seen! Now, I’m sorry that I’m not doing theses reviews in order. This book is still fresh in my mind so I thought I would write it now. The One is the 3rd and last book of The Selection Series. Who will America choose? Prince Maxon or Aspen? I am definitely Team Maxon #sorrynotsorry

Even though I can find America to be quite annoying at times,(especially in The Elite), she is a strong and brave character that always stick by her beliefs. It annoyed me so much how she would keep on going back and forth between Maxon and Aspen. Luckily, this book didn’t have much of that.

I love Maxon, he is so sweet and chivalrous *swoon*. I wish we could have a whole book on his point of view. He does get a temper at times, but that’s what makes him more…human. Everybody has a flaw. I love his relationship with America

My feelings towards Aspen were pretty neutral. I didn’t love him, but I didn’t hate him either.I just didn’t think that he was right for America. I really liked the fact that he and Lucy got together.

The ending to me seemed very rushed. It was so intense when Maxon found out about Aspen. I get that he was upset with her, but it was so strange to hear him be so…mean. Then the rebels came in and the whole situation just got more confusing. I can’t believe Celeste died! I was just starting to like her 😦 It was also really sad how the Queen died… I couldn’t care less about the King though #sorrynotsorry. Even though it was such a cliche, it was so romantic when Maxon jumped in front of a bullet for America❤.But then after they found out they were both okay, he proposed to her? What? Like I knew this was going to happen and hey, I’m not complaining, but what about everything that happened earlier.  I feel like the situation could have been resolved better.

Still, MAXON AND AMERCICA ENDED UP TOGETHER. YESSSSSSS. THEY ARE MY OTP!!!❤❤❤THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS!!!

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My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5/5)


Let me know in the comments if you have read this book and what your thoughts on it are♡ Are you team Maxon or team Aspen?

Signing off, Ash xx

Review- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Synopsis: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier.On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. All through the night, Clay keeps listening- and what he discovers changes his life… Forever.


“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”- Thirteen reasons why


Trigger warning: This book contains depictions of suicide, mental illness and rape. This book may be upsetting or triggering to some people.


My review: Wow, that synopsis already had me hooked in the story. I finished reading this book about 2 weeks ago…and I loved it! Thirteen reasons why is a gripping, heartbreaking and emotional story. This book is a real eye-opener to the power our words and actions have on people, no matter how small.

I couldn’t stop reading this book. I picked up this book because I was hearing great reviews about it, and it’s definitely what I expected. The subject of this book is very dark and heavy. It talks about depression, suicidal thoughts, sexual assault and rape.  Hannah’s cassette tapes hold the 13 reasons of why she came to commit suicide. The reasons ranged from rumours and falling out of friends to sexual abuse and invasions of privacy. I had a lot of empathy for Hannah, but at times she can come off as whiney and over-sensitive. I’m glad of the role that Clay played in the story, to express his emotions and his perspective.

I’m happy that I have finally read this book. I understand the hype around this book, but I also understand some of the negative comments around it’s as well. This is one of the best books I have read all year. It leaves you with a different perspective on life.


My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)


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Signing off, Ash xxPicsArt_03-06-03.28.50