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%.*

Awake by Natasha Preston ♥REVIEW♥

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*spoilers*  My rating 3.5/5

Awake by Natasha Preston is about a crazy, over the top, religious cult who needs Scarlet to bring them into the afterlife. This novel was a nice paced read that kept me hooked. I kept wondering who was the bad person in it, versus who the protagonist was. Although it was interesting to read, as far as pace is concerned and the storyline, my main issue was that a lot of it seemed unrealistic.

We have the main character, Scarlet who meets our other main character, Noah while in highschool. It is immediate love and that does not generally happen in real life. But, the book does skip a lot of time from their first meeting to Easter, which is Scarlet’s favorite holiday, so it is realistic in time in that sense. Further into the story the parents are seen keeping a major secret from their daughter and then you find out that Noah is part of the crazy cult.

The last half of the book is great and it wasn’t so in-depth with everything but it gave you just enough to understand what was going on. The characters were not out of this world and I did not seem to care for any more than the others. The crazy cult leaders and members were obviously the worst people but I was not drawn to any one character specifically. It was definitely an average book with some pretty out of this world (which could never even happen) circumstances and events but it was nice to read.

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

Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross ♥REVIEW♥

Before I start with Antebellum Awakening, I would like to take a sentence or two to write about the midway book between Miss Mabel’s School for Girls and Antebellum Awakening called The Isadora Interviews.

The Isadora Interviews are sectioned off into four parts for the different characters besides Bianca to show how they were accepted into Miss Mabel’s school for girls. It was interesting to see the different environments each of the girls went through and it is a short read that you can easily finish in a few hours, let alone a day. I would give it a 2/5 stars only because my favorite character is Bianca and although it was interesting to see the girls, I wasn’t fully involved in the story.

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“A stranger reached for my neck. I threw out with a hand to stop him and something flashed. Darkness. His body lay on the ground. Darkness. A sea of astonished faces stared at me, gaping and terrified. Darkness.”

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Antebellum Awakening is the second book of the series. It is engulfed completely by darkness and a race against time for Bianca’s life. My rating for it is 3.5/5. The story revolves around Bianca, Chatham Castle and politics. The politics issue with who is in charge in the different sections of the magical world is too hard to keep up with. There are random names thrown around and it is hard to understand which person is ruling the south, north, etc. The Network is getting ready for war because there have been uproars against Bianca’s father and the High Priestess. Again, politics.

With politics on the side, Bianca is being trained by Merrick daily to prepare for what might happen with the war and Miss Mabel. We catch glimpses of Miss Mabel throughout the book and you can still hear her prissy and authoritative voice that makes me want to kill her on the spot. As I mentioned before, it is a darker novel than the first and Bianca seeks strength and control over her powers while also concentrating on obtaining insight into Miss Mabel’s life to get the upper hand.

My favorite scene (WITHOUT SPOILERS) is the last few chapters of the book that takes place in the banquet like hall. It was predictable in the end but boy did it make me want to keep reading. The ending scenes finally pushed me through to finish the book and I’m interested in seeing how the final book will be.

*I was given this book by Katie Cross and my review is completely honest.*

♥To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before♥ REVIEW

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“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore. I want to be brave, like Margot.”


This extremely sweet, gentle read was such a breath of fresh air. I could not put it down, ask my boyfriend. I was at his house and all I did was read. I was so involved with the characters. My rating for this is a solid 5/5, even though there were a few grammatical errors and sentence structure errors (I could not overlook those).

The story revolves around Lara Jean and her two sisters. Kitty, the younger sibling is such a sassy girl that I wish she was my little sister. Margot, the eldest of the three Song girls goes away to college in Scotland I believe. While Lara Jean copes without having her older sister to reign down the house, her worst nightmare happens. Lara Jean would write a letter each time she fell in love. It was like an escape for her. She would write all her feelings in that letter, seal it up and put it in a hat box that her mother, who passed, gave to her. One day all the letters are sent out to all the boys she loved. One of them being her sister’s boyfriend, Josh.

All the characters were very well developed. Lara Jean was a strong girl, she just didn’t know it. She had her older sister’s strength the whole time and it was nice to see her evolve a little in the book. Kitty was my favorite character but a bratty one. Josh and Peter, two love interest’s of Lara Jeans had a place in my heart. I loved Josh with all of my heart but I wish there was more of him in the novel. Peter is the main guy in the novel. His character is similar to Josh. They’re both kind and love Kitty. But there’s something about Peter I really didn’t like.

The setting was vague and wasn’t very descriptive. I love descriptions more than dialogue so it was a bummer but man oh man was the dialogue worth it. Every sentence was gripping to me. Every Margot and Lara Jean conversation still plays in my head. The story is so gripping and enjoyable. I really do not care for contemporary or teen love novels but this is something completely different. I recommend it to everyone. Give it up for Jenny Han!

State of Grace Review

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All I can say is, it’s hard reshaping everything you believe. Even when you think you’ve done it, your old ideas have this habit of popping up to make you doubt yourself.


State of Grace by Hilary Badger is a utopian novel about a girl who lives in a wonderful area with lagoons, huts and all things dotly. Dot is their creator and all one hundred creations live within this utopia world. Wren, our main character worships Dot night and day in this novel but gets doubts planted in her head by Blake as well as having visions of another life. Does she believe in Dot? Did Dot really create her and only this little village area, or is there more to life, perhaps something even more chilling that is unknown.

I give this novel a 3.5/5. The beginning part only included the words Dot and hooking up. In this novel all the characters hook up because it is dotly and it is so totally amazing. I do not know how to express how much I hated this book and then loved it right at the end. I’m not sure when I started to really admire the story line of this book but thank goodness it happened.

The main character is what would be a closed minded religious person. She only wants Dot and acts way too bubbly for my liking. She wants to hook up constantly but then her personality changes from ‘like it’s totally obvious’, to Wren actually sees the light and is not blinded by her beliefs. Wren starts having visions of another life in which she is there as Viva and continues having these memories all the way till the end of the novel. Her character grew and strengthened into a mature girl. My favorite character was this little boy named Dennis. He was found by Wren in the village but I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it.

Sometimes it was hard for me to figure out which person was speaking because the ebook wasn’t really formatted well and it was tiny to read. Other times I blanked out because the descriptions of the environment was off. I’m a big stickler for details and this book was alright in that aspect but the buildup was definitely the high scoring point of the setup.

If you can get over how many times Dot is referenced along with dotly, it’s so obvious, totally, and hooking up I think it becomes very interesting when Dennis shows up and would recommend it only if you can oversee very annoying details that I mentioned above.

*I received this novel from Netgalley*