Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares ♥Review

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a novel about a boy named Dash, and a girl named Lily who exchange a red journal type book without ever meeting one another. Dash found the book that Lily hid in the library to get a guy who was her type, or even just a friend. Throughout the book one will write in the notebook and give it to someone else (or tell a riddle so they have to go to a place to drop it off) and it just gets tossed back and forth between the two. The plot is one that I can appreciate, however it is lacking in almost everything.

The main characters are very annoying and talk as if they were English professors, let’s be real; almost no one talks that proper. Half way through and I’m still reading the same dumb things. The characters are just flat but talk with fluffy words. The world building is horrible but in all fairness it is located in New York. I did not enjoy the beginning of the book and forced myself to read over half way with no build up- but the same dumb clues back and forth. They start to get to know each other – as much as you can possibly know someone through a few pages of writing – but again everything is flat.

My rating for this book is 1/5 stars because I could not finish this book. There was nothing romantic about this, or even sweet. Everything was strange and boring with no build up.

Dreaming of Antigone ♥Review(spoiler free)

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“You hate me and I hate you,

And we are so polite, we two!

But whenever I see you, I burst apart

And scatter the sky with my blazing heart.

In spits and sparkles in stars and balls,

Buds into roses – and flares, and falls.”

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Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges is a stand alone novel that follows a girl in highschool who lost her sister, her father, and tries to cope with her life. My rating for this is a 3.5/5 stars.

This is supposed to be a retelling of the Greek tragedy, Antigone. The novel has a lot of heavy material right from the beginning (her father passed and her sister commits suicide). It did seem pretty dark in the first few chapters while we got to know the main character’s family history and drama. It follows Andria in her day-to-day life going through high school and the many other dramas that will follow her throughout the book. Andria’s twin sister, Iris visits her in dreams and basically haunts Andria, making her lose her bearings every now and then. The whole story is like a countdown to when Andria can get her license; because she suffers from seizures so she has to wait until it has been a few months to try to retake it. All the while she tries to fit in with her sister’s group of friends and even bumping into Iris’ old boyfriend, Alex Hammond.

I did not feel any connection to the main character, Andria, but her friends had more character that I could see as being real people. There is heavy drug content in this book and more mature themes than in some other young adult novels but I think it is important to address certain issues like drugs and alcohol. I found this book to be enjoyable and had me laughing at some very relatable quotes like: “Answer four of the following five essay questions. Each question is worth twenty-five points. I just spend the last thirty minutes studying the wrong thing.”  The timing on certain events, especially between her and Alex seemed unrealistic. They would magically bump into each other or get left alone together. It helped to develop the story, but again it was unrealistic. Speaking of Alex, the romance in this novel is a little odd and I thought it was cute but incredibly cringe worthy at times (almost inappropriate because of the circumstances). The novel was loaded with amazing poems, stargazing, and Howl’s Moving Castle references which made this novel so nostalgic of high school for me. The best part about this novel is that it catches your attention and makes reading it enjoyable. I would recommend it to people who like emotion capturing novels, romance, or fast reads.

 

*I was give a copy of this book on Netgalley, but as always my opinions are mine 100%.

Dear Emma Review ♥

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Dear Emma is a novel by Katie Heaney and I gave it 1/5 stars. Here’s why

I received this from Netgalley for free, and it had a lovely cover so I thought that I would enjoy this. I could not even finish this novel and I always finish books, no matter how much I am not liking them. The story revolves around a college girl named Harriet who works at the library and has a spot on an advice column. I thought the intro was very slow and remarkably dull, except for the very sophisticated language throughout. The main character is extremely annoying and only cares/talks about Keith, a guy who she met and spent time with for a little while and all of a sudden he stopped communication. By chapter four I was hoping the story would develop instead of  Harriet moping around over a guy she barely knows, but no. It continues to talk about the little moments she had with him and how she basically stalks the heck out of him because he simply doesn’t seem interested in her. Honestly, if I were him I would run too.

So since there really is no plot, no real character development besides the stalker Harriet, I could not get into this book. I could not finish it and this is a first for me. The pretty cover was what hooked me but the story and characters immediately turned me off.

*I was give a copy of this book on Netgalley, but as always my opinions are mine 100%.*