Empire of Storms review: featuring Sailor Moon gifs!

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Empire of Storms
by Sarah J Maas
hardcover
693 pgs
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Synopsis via Goodreads:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

 


My thoughts:

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Alliances were forged.

Bridges were mended.

Everyone has a part to play in

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Omg! I loved this so much! Even though this book broke my heart into a million tiny little pieces and quite possibly killed my soul.

Sarah J Maas is a brilliant writer, from start to finish this book was action packed, gripping, and everything came together at the end so nicely.

But at the end, I was near destroyed. IRL I face planted on my bed and proceeded to have a mix of mental breakdown and panic attack. This book crushed my spirit and soul.

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 I will say that the book does have a bit of a slower pace, there’s a lot of build up throughout the story that sets off the events at the end, in that aspect it’s frustrating to read a 700 page book that’s mostly just building up for the events that will take place in the last 75 or so pages. On the bright side, this book is very detail oriented and I love when there are lots of details.

Okay let’s talk about the ships:

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Aelin and Rowan of course. I wasn’t really on this ship until they secured their bond, but I love how everything played out between them.

Lysandra and Aedion- Yes this is my favorite ship of the whole damn series! I freaking love these two so much and I love seeing them together and I really hope that we can see more of them in the last book and maybe a novella…*fingers crossed*

Dorian and Manon- No. Not about this ship at all. I do enjoy the lust filled scenes between them but as a relationship? No, I don’t like that idea at all.


This ending, though.

There were so many things that I did not see coming and I was sitting on my couch and my face probably looked like this.
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any doubts I might have been having for this installment were shoved aside as I raced to finish this book the fastest way I could. I can’t wait for the next book. Can it just be published already???

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The Boy Most Likely To: Review

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The Boy Most Likely To
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
paperback
448 pages
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

The romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

With bonus Jace and Samantha content in the paperback!

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.


My thoughts:

Earlier this year I decided to pick up My Life Next Door and I loved it! I couldn’t stop reading the book at all. I fell in love with all the characters and couldn’t get enough of two characters in particular and by the time I finished reading My Life Next Door, I had just one question. What happened with Tim and Alice?

This book gave me that answer.

I had just finished Crooked Kingdom and was still feeling a bit in shock over the ending, however, I did not want to fall into a reading slump. I decided to pick up this book because I had heard it was cute and fluffy, I figured it would be perfect to try and battle an oncoming reading slump with this book. And it really helped.

The Boy Most Likely To takes place a couple weeks after My Life Next Door ended and everyone is still dealing with the consequences of the situation from MLND. While this was a cute and fluffy read, there were some serious things thrown into the mix and it really enhanced the story.

My favorite parts were some tension filled yet semi-awkward flirting scenes between Tim and Alice and I loved them so much! I couldn’t get enough of those. Those are my favorite flirting scenes; a little awkward and filled with romantic tension. Delightful.

These characters had some of the best character development I’ve seen in a long time! Watching Tim grow up and start to get his shit together was so great to see, what was even better to see was his desire to become a better person and not for Alice or a girl but for himself and for the situation he found himself in.

Watching Alice learn and realize that she doesn’t have to be in control all the time and that she doesn’t have to be a ballbuster all the time was great for her character development.  I loved watching these two people come together and improve themselves and their lives.

While I won’t talk about the ending, I will say that the ending did not end the way that I wanted it to! I’m impressed by how well Fitzpatrick laid out the big situation and how conflicted I was about how I wanted it to turn out. One on hand there was the responsible ending that I should have been rooting for all along but no, I wanted ending B and I was so conflicted about it. It probably would have been irresponsible and impractical but I really wanted it so badly.

The storyline was insane and I am dying to talk to someone about it but I don’t want to give anything away because it was just wonderfully done. I just highly recommend this, I would also recommend reading My Life Next Door first because there are events mentioned and discussed in Boy Most Likely To that took place in My Life Next Door.

Crooked Kingdom: A Review

*Note* Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows; if you haven't read SoC 
please don't read any further and risk spoiling yourself.

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Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo
hardcover
560 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


Shhh!

…Did you hear that? It was the sound of the broken pieces of my heart falling to the ground.

1 book
560 pages
Multiple combinations of 26 letters.

That was all it took to break me.

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I just finished CK about 30 minutes ago and I don’t quite now what to do with my life just yet. I feel like I’m more or less in shock.

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Okay so, let’s try to get some coherent thoughts going:

First things first, the writing and plot for this book were phenomenal! Everything came together so beautifully, I can’t even begin to fathom how Bardugo manages to keep all of her plot points straight. The weaving of the events and the backstories is pure genius.

Bardugo is a writing god and I bow down to her. #Queen

I was so happy to reunite with my babies! This characters really capture your heart, it’s almost impossible not to love them even though some of them are trying as hard as they can to make you hate them *cough cough Kaz cough*

Sorry about that I had something in my throat.

One of my favorite parts of Six of Crows, were the characters, I feel in love with all of them so quickly and all of my favorite characters remained the same. Inej is still my number 1 favorite and I was constantly nervous for her and Nina.

Along with the precious characters, there were also some amazing appearances from the Grisha trilogy that made me so ecstatic! I was jumping for joy when I got to that part of the book.

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Okay. Happy time over.
Now it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room.

The heartbreak.

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Yes, there was a lot of heartbreak happening towards the end. For the last 50 pages or so there was a steady stream of tears flowing down my face. Then when I finished I just started sobbing. When my bf looked at me and asked what was going on, I burst into sobs telling him what had happened and then I just wandered around my house feeling so lost.

I can honestly say that I didn’t know what to do after finishing Crooked Kingdom. I just want to sit and eat my feelings and grief while watching more Gilmore Girls.

I can’t think about reading another book right now. To be honest, I kind of want to reread Six of Crows.

I really really really hope that Bardugo writes another book in the Grishaverse, the ending just didn’t feel like goodbye if you know what I mean. I know she’s planning on taking a break from the Grishaverse but I have to have hope that we can revisit these characters again someday.

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Until next time:

No Mourners 

No Funerals 

Dreamology Review

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Dreamology
by Lucy Keating
hardcover
322 pages
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?


My thoughts:

I gotta say real quick: How gorgeous is this cover?! I can’t get enough of it! I love the blend of colors, the font, and the eyes. It’s so stunning!

Unfortunately, the stunning cover was the best thing that the book had going for it. Despite the creative idea, the story was really lacking in excitement. I struggled to get through the book with the insane belief that the story could improve. Aside from the random dreams, nothing exciting happens.

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First thing first, this came up right away and it annoys the hell out of me whenever I see it happen in YA Novels. It annoys me to see school authority figures say things like “avoid the troublemakers” or “take care not to be involved with the bad students,” or “we wouldn’t want to see you fall in with that group”
maybe it was because I went to public school but my principle, teachers, and other authority people didn’t give a shit who you hung out with. No one cared but I see this come up in contemporary reads all the time. And on the other hand, maybe it’s different in private schools where students are Ivy League-bound.

Sometimes I feel like school figures take too much interst in just one persons life and I find that to be very unrealistic.

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As for the characters; this was another situation where I liked the secondary characters a lot more than the primary characters. Alice was one of the most boring characters I have ever met and there wasn’t anything remotely likable about Max. Both of them were incredibly indecisive and immature to the point where I wanted to reach through the book and smack both of them. You would think that the state of their sanity would be a top concern right? Nope Alice’s top concern was whether or not Max loved her. I feel like her desire to figure out the dreams meaning really took the backseat as she started to get closer to Max.

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Another thing that really annoys that happened is when a character tells themselves that they aren’t going to do the thing, but not even 30 seconds later they’re doing the thing. That honestly frustrates me so much.

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Now, you’re probably sitting there wondering, “If you hated this so much, why did you keep reading it? Why not just DNF and move onto something better?”

I have a really hard time dnfing books. It just bugs me. I always want to see a book through the end. Don’t know why but just do.

Overall from rereading the synopsis and thinking about the story, it doesn’t divert from it. I went through and read reviews from other readers on Goodreads and I’m honestly thinking “did I even read the same book?”

In the end, this book just wasn’t for me. I’m not going to recommend it to anyone but at the same time, I won’t discourage anyone. Just because it wasn’t my cup of tea doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love it.

This Savage Song review

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This Savage Song
by Victoria Schwab
Hardcover
427 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?


Victoria did it again!

Another Schwab masterpiece!

I was hooked reading this, from start to finish, it gripped me and the only time I put it down was when I had 30 pages left and knew that I had to wait another year for Our Dark Duet. But that hesitation was very short lived as I devoured those pages as quickly as I could.

The characters were super interesting, August is a precious cupcake that I couldn’t help falling in love with! And Kate was so endearing I just wanted to be there and comfort her as everything was happening, not that she would let me but still.

P.S. I really want her metal nails, they sounded super badass!

I only wish that I had a pronunciation guide for the monsters, I feel like I was saying everything wrong in my head and now I can never have a verbal conversation with someone about the book because I will be saying “Sunai”wrong. I also really want to hear someone sing the lullaby to a slow, dark, and creepy beat. I seriously get chills thinking about it.

I loved how the plot progressed, towards the beginning of the book I was thinking that maybe the plot was progressing too quick, there was still 300 pages to go and a lot of things are happening but when I reflect on it, it ended up progressing well for how much happens in the story.

One thing that I really love and I still think about whenever my thoughts drift to This Savage Song is that I love how Schwab was inspired by the violence that is everywhere in our world and she wrote this amazing story from it. In her world, violence created the monsters, I really appreciated that detail in the story.

It’s been a month or so since I’ve read This Savage Song but I already want to reread it. I can’t wait for Our Dark Duet to be published. At this point, I feel like my life is going to be on hold until I get A Conjuring of Light and Our Dark Duet. Then I’m going to go deep into mourning because those are the finals books for the trilogy and the duology.

Clipped Wings Review

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Clipped Wings
by Helena Hunting
paperback
391 pages
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?

My Thoughts:

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“Everyone has scars, Tenley. If we’re lucky, they’re only on the outside”

Warning: there will be lots of me man gushing over Hayden.

Hayden is gorgeous and sexy and hot and I’m head over heels in love with him. I love when male characters are tattoo artists. He is totally my new book boyfriend. Not only is the man extremely sexy with all his tattoos and piercings, but he also reads! Hunting was not playing fair when she wrote out his character because
A. I’m convinced that Hayden is my soul mate and
B. Hayden was perfection.
#Bae

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It really wasn’t fair not only was he incredibly sexy with his ink and piercings and straight forward flirting but also he was tender and playful with a kitten!!! And the man drives a 68 Camaro! My heart!

I wanted to dive into the book and steal him away for myself!

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^Me chasing after Hayden^

Now if we’re going, to be honest with each other, which I hope we are 😉 I didn’t care about Tenley at all for the first 50 pages or so. I just wanted more of Hayden.

But then, Tenley broke my heart way open; the girl straight up obliterated it! She is adorable and loveable and she will make you feel all the feels!

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Both Hayden and Tenley have extremely tragic backstories and I have a feeling that Inked Armor is going to be even more heartbreaking, I’m really hoping that book 2 will go more into Hayden past and we can learn a little bit more about him.

This book is basically composed of three things: A very sexy man who I have a giant crush on, lots of heartbreak and grief, and smut. I love it!

Yes, there is a good amount of smut, if you arent comfortable with those kinds of scenes, I would warn you against reading this.

One of my weaknesses in NA is when on of the characters is a tattoo artist, I love those scenes where one person is getting inked and the two start connecting; for me, those scenes are so intimate and sensual.

The only thing I didn’t like was the possessiveness Hayden had for Tenley, I don’t like when guys are possessive IRL and I don’t like seeing it written out and romanticized. That was a huge issue I had with Beautiful Disaster. However what made up for it was the self-awareness and realization that being so possessive is not okay and that he didn’t need to act like that.

So yeah I wanna talk more about Hayden but I’ll save that for Inked Armor’s review.

Has anyone else read this? If so I’d love to have someone to talk with.
If not, I encourage you to pick this up 😉

 

 

Every Last Word mini review

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Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone
hardcover
368 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads 

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


My thoughts:

This was wonderful! Probably one of my favorite contemporaries to date. Cute and a little fluffy but it had its fair share of dark moments.

I was hooked from page 1 and I never wanted to stop reading. Sam was so endearing and my heart broke for her so many times while watching her battle her OCD and trying not to let it affect her everyday life.

One thing I really loved was how the chapter headers were set up. Part of Sams OCD was an obsession with the number 3, so the title of the book is three words, all the chapter titles are 3 words. Another thing Sam did was while making a playlist she would pick out a song that was the defining song for the playlist, within that song she would study the lyrics and pick out three words that would define that song/playlist and that was the title for the playlist. The chapters were titled the same way and I loved that! It added a special touch to how everything was set up.

I also loved AJ and if Tamara wanted to write another book centered around him, I would devour it in a heartbeat! He was a really interesting character and I really wanted more of him.

I loved Poets Corner and I found myself wishing that my school had something similar, I would have loved to have been a part of the top secret poetry club.

I really want to say more about this but I don’t want to spoil anything…I almost feel like you should go into this book not knowing too much about it.

Open Road Summer Review

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Open Road Summer
by Emery Lord
ebook
342 pages
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.


My thoughts:

Last month I read When We Collided by Emery Lord and I loved it! So when I saw Open Road Summer by Emery Lord on Amazon Kindle for 1.99 I had to scoop it up. I was craving a cute contemporary read and this was perfect for that craving.

First I loved Reagan, she a badass, sassy, and tough as nails character that captured my heart. I love female characters like her, I would want to be on her squad.

Second, the friendship in this book was just perfection, Dee and Reagan were so supportive and understanding of each other. They knew how to help each other without having to ask “How can I make this better?” They are friendship goals.

The writing and story plot was great; the story moved along at a great pace and the intriguing details unraveled in a way that kept you hooked throughout the story. I also loved how this story showed the stress that being famous and in the spotlight puts someone in.

The only thing that annoyed me was how obvious the romance was and yet Reagan kept denying it. I found that to be really frustrating but yet it was something that I could look past because I’ve done something like that, straight up denied having a crush yet flirting with him nonstop.

It reminded me of the song from Hercules, I wont say I’m in love.

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If anyone has already read this book, there’s a moment with Reagan and Matt at the end that had me dying with laughter because I could see me doing that to someone.

If you’ve read it: there’s a moment involving the two of them and a car. I freaking loved that moment so much. Am I alone in that? Or was unnecessary and overly bitchy?

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So if you’re craving a quick summery contemporary novel, I would definitely recommend Open Road Summer

Thanks for reading!

Alienated Book Review

*I try to make all reviews spoiler free, I apologize if something slipped my attention*

For some reason, I am not 100% satisfied with this review. I can’t explain it but I just feel like I am forgetting something…oh well posting it anyways.

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Alienated
by Melissa Landers
paperback
344 pages
book 1 of the Alienated Trilogy
my rating 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life-not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought that I would. Every time I’ve thought about picking this up, it just looked like a fluffy sci-fi read (weird way to describe it I know) and I wasn’t that interested. But I read this, I was in the middle of a readathon and one of the challenges was to read a book that’s been on your TBR for over a year and originally I choose Pride and Prejudice, which I was really liking so don’t get me wrong. I was reading it very slowly, so I decided to put it aside for now and pick up something that would be a quicker read but also one that’s been on my TBR for a year. That’s when Alienated came to mind.

Alienated was a neat blend between YA Contemporary and Sci-Fi, it sounds like an odd combo but it just worked out. I was hooked after chapter 1 and I flew through this in about two sittings, it was just what I needed.

There were three things within this book that shocked/intrigued me:

Discrimination/Racism played a huge part of the conflict within the book.
A heartbreak that focused on the loss of a friendship instead of the loss of a romantic relationship.
No instalove and no love triangles.

First thing is that there is a lot more to the story than I thought there would be, it turned out to be an interesting storyline. You have this alien boy who is a foreign exchange student with the world, now since most of the human race can’t even to handle different skin colors, how do you imagine having an alien life form around them would turn out?

Yeah not so well.

I found the human reaction to discovering alien life to be so accurate to what I imagine would actually happen IRL. I kept comparing all of the situations and things that happened to Cara and Aelyx to Jim Crow laws and segregation in the south during the 1950s and 60s and that was a point brought up by the book. There was a huge discrimination towards Aelyx and by association, it extended to Cara and her family for being the host family for him. Cara was shunned in school and at the grocery store. I can only imagine how I would react to being treated like that, I don’t think I would be half as strong as Cara was.

One point that really impressed me was that Cara broke up with her boyfriend, had a couple hours to grieve about it but basically shook it off. However through her association with Aleyx it formed a rift between her and her best friend which led to a huge betrayal from her best friend and that caused a bigger emotional reaction from Cara then the break up did. But I really liked that, I’ve lost quite a few close friends and that has hurt me more than most break ups I’ve had. Usually though in YA books, breaking up with a boyfriend usually has a bigger highlight on the story and is the end of life as you know it, but I was impressed by how Cara brushed it off.

Now I read a couple of other reviews and found that a couple other reviewers do think that there is some instalove but I have to disagree, to me instalove is seeing someone and experiencing love at first sight, that did not happen here, the two MCs were so wary of each other and could barely tolerate being in the same room together.

I feel like there was no instant love here and no love triangle either. I love how the relationship grew between Cara and Aelyx. It was a gradual increase, they started off very wary and leery of each other and progressed to friendship and caring until they realized that they loved each other. It was a cute and sappy romance and it gave me this big dopey grin while I was reading. I love when that happens.

I want to take a minute to talk about Aleyx, while he was doing some pretty shady things on Earth, I have to say that I loved his personality, he straight up reminded me of a Vulcan. Kind of emotionless, honest, and logical. He didn’t perfectly fit the description but just reminded me of it a lot. I kept thinking about this comic strip that I saw on Pinterest a while ago so I thought I would include it.

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Yes. I totally think that’s how it would be dating Aleyx.

Overall this was a lot more than I expected and I was pleasantly surprised, I do plan on continuing on with the series, book 2 Invaded is already out but book 3, United, is scheduled to be released on August 2nd.

 

When We Collided review

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When We Collided
by Emery Lord
hardcover
337 pages
my rating 5 out of 5 stars


Synopsis via Goodreads:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.


My thoughts:

I. Am. In.Love.

I don’t want to say that this book was a roller coaster, in a way it was but in the sense that it took my emotions up and then crashed down, so it was like at the beginning of a roller coaster where you slowly make your way to the top but then you crash down. This book started out so cute and light but then there was a gradual turn of events and it became so deep and dark, it was a total 180 but in a slow way. I didn’t see it coming until it was practically under my nose! I freaking loved it, at the beginning I was all giddy with big smiles but at the end I was shell shocked and near tears!

*Side note* this book made me want to cry, like massively bawl like a baby, but it was early in the morning when I was reading this and the BF was still asleep and I didn’t want to wake him up to me crying because of a book. That’s already happened once with I’ll Give You the Sun and I didn’t want to do that to him again, so by some miracle I actually held it together!*

I really enjoyed the writing, the story felt so real like I could step through the pages of it and interact with everyone.

These characters! These wonderful, heartbreaking characters! They felt so real to me and their situations felt so real and I really liked that. I felt like I could step through the pages and give Jonah and Vivi hugs and I wanted to so many times!

I loved Jonah, from the very first page that he is introduced on, I just fell in love with him. He was so heartbreaking and passionate. I have a weakness for the strong silent types and he definitely fit that profile. My heart melted for him so many times.

Vivi was amazing and passionate in a different way from Jonah, she was so full of life and love. I loved her artistic sense, her style, her philosophies on life and how she saw the world.

The only thing that bugged me was that Vivi’s character was so close to Finch from All the Bright Places, I almost felt like they could have been twins in a way. If you’ve read both of these then you’ll probably know what it is that I mean.

This book was everything: adorable, quirky, endearing, heartbreaking, and so much more. I loved every single minute of it and I would definitely recommend it!


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All The Bright Places