Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse


Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days finding and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the German army invaded. Her illegal work keeps her family afloat, and Hanneke also likes to think of it as a small act of rebellion against the Nazis.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person: a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such a dangerous task but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations—where the only way out is through.


Monday calls for more reviews of weekend reads, and this book definitely made my weekend wonderful!

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse was a book I have been looking forward to reading for a good 2 months now. I was able to meet Monica Hesse this year at BookCon, and I had a wonderful time speaking with her!

There were so many things I absolutely loved about this book. A true 5 star rating. Here’s why:

The story was so incredibly unique. From the first page I read, I was completely hooked. I thought that I knew where the story would go, but I was completely wrong each time I guessed the future of Hanneke’s investigation. I was on the edge of my seat at all times.

Hanneke was such a fascinating person. It was such a cool thing to see her grow as a person throughout the book. At the beginning, it seemed as though Hanneke makes her decisions based on what Bas would do. She missed him. By the end, she seemed to know herself better. She makes decisions for herself. Go Hanneke.

I really loved learning about how many Jewish babies were sold off before deportation to concentration camps by the resistance. I also thought it was really cool how many college students put their lives in danger to be apart of the resistance against the Nazi’s during WWII occupation.

You all probably realize that N&I both love historical fiction. I was able to learn so much from the book. I find it so amazing when an author is able to tell a story and teach a lesson through their book. Monica Hesse went above and beyond my expectations of teaching a lesson. She showed me (and many other readers) an important world. A world so many people lived through WWII.

This book was beautifully written. When I saw that the book was 300 pages, I worried that the story would not be strong because of the shortish length. I was wrong, because the story was the perfect length. The writing seemed effortless.

I have no complaints about this novel. I know, you must be thinking of how great the book is.

If you are looking to learn something, or want to be “wowed,” go grab this book. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

I hope Monica Hesse will continue to write stories like this one!

There is a wonderful article I read featuring Monica, Ruta Sepetys, and John Boyne because of their new releases in YA historical fiction.  I read that John Boyne, the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, just released a WWII book about a boy raised by the Nazi’s. I am going to hunt this book down the next time I am at the bookstore!

Thanks for listening (and happy reading!),

Sincerely, K


Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough. Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Um… 

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?


Happy Monday everyone!!

I know for a lot of people, Mondays are not a favorite. I actually don’t mind Mondays that much. I especially don’t mind this Monday (today) for two reasons:

1) The Bachelorette is on (yes I’m a huge fan of the show)

2) Tomorrow my dad, N, and I leave for Boston!!  I absolutely fell in love with the city two years ago, so we are going back to visit some colleges on the East Coast (Harvard, Boston College, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth). I hope to keep in touch during the trip.

Anyway, I am about to divulge in my EXTREME LOVE of the book Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I read it up at the lake last week, and I have gone back to the book multiple times since I have finished it!!

I could talk about this book all day long. I could read this book 100 times over. I LOVE this book that much. Wanna know what made this book great for me?….

This book flows in such an amazing way. I felt that I was apart of the Emily, Frank, Collins, and Dawn’s friend group as I read the book. I constantly found myself trying to talk to them (obviously they did not respond haha).

This book and Morgan Matson’s other novels just seem so real. As an author, Morgan seems to create such authentic characters. I loved the balance between friendship, relationships, and family.

Whenever I read Morgan’s books, her characters are SO lovable!! First off, Emily is such a  sweetheart and I found myself assimilate with her throughout the entire book. Secondly, Frank Porter. Frank Porter. Frank Porter. I fell in love with him every time he spoke. I am not joking (okay maybe a little). Dawn was such a great friend, she was a lot of fun. And then there is COLLINS. I would definitely want to be friends with him. Case closed.

Do you ever get butterflies when you think about a specific book? This book gives me butterflies… and a big smile!!

What I disliked about this book:

There is an unanswered question at the end of the book. I do not wish to spoil anything for you, so I will keep my complaint simple. Aside from this, I was absolutely overjoyed by the ending.

My second complaint: Morgan, why have you not yet written a sequel to this book yet? You are killing me over here!

This book goes into a specific pile. The “I wish I could read this book over again for the first time” pile. I’m sure you all know what I am talking about.

Dear Morgan Matson, you continue to wow me as I read each and every one of your books. Thank you.

If you have not read Since You’ve Been Gone or any other Morgan Matson books, you need to stop what you are doing and head to the local bookstore. What an amazing book, what an amazing author.

Any recommendations y’all have for me (I would love to here them)?

Wish me luck in Boston (the countdown begins)!

Sincerely, K.


The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian


What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?

While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.

And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.

There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.


It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory


Happy Sunday!

During my time up at the lake this week, I read The Last Boy and Girl In the World by Siobhan Vivian. I captured this photo right after finishing the book. The weather in this picture seems really fitting to the weather in the book: a cloudy/rainy day (all day long).

I was really excited to dive into this book, being that it was my first Siobhan Vivian read. I really did enjoy this book; yet another fun-summer-read.


Siobhan Vivian creats a really unique plot behind very lovable characters. The idea behind having to leave your whole life behind so that the government can create a lake (on top of what used to be your house) is insane. I do not know what I would do if this ever happened to me, but Keeley’s emotions felt 100% authentic. I loved seeing her transition from being in denial of the situation to realizing what her life may become.

Keeley has a really fun relationship with Jesse, and throughout the book I was able to see a really cool change in how they see one another.

There is a slight plot twist toward the end of book; I hate to be a spoiler so I will keep this simple. The way I thought the book would come to an end was not what actually happens. If I knew the ending at the beginning of the book, I would not have been satisfied; however, reading the entire book through allowed me to really enjoy the ending.

What I disliked from the book:

I thought that Siobhan would make more out of the flooding disaster. I do not know if the book suffered because of this, but the disaster was something I was interested in before I started the book.

I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. The plot was genius, the characters felt outstandingly authentic, and I could go on and on about how much I truly enjoyed this book. I am making N read this book because I enjoyed it so much.

I will definitely be picking up another Siobhan Vivian book soon; what a talented author she is.

I was able to read multiple great books this past week up at the lake, so I will be posting more reviews of my  recent reading endeavors!!

Let me know what y’all think of this book.

Sincerely, K

Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

images.jpegIt’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. 

She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.


Happy Sunday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week, I spent the week up at the lake, yet again, and was able to do a lot of reading. I also am very excited to say that this upcoming week my dad has surprised N&I with a trip to the east coast! I hope I am able to do a bit of reading during the trip, but you never know what might happen.

One of the books I was able to read up at the lake was Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.

Ruta is my absolute favorite author; I have read all three of her books. I fell completely in love with Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea. When I dove into this book, I definitely set high standards.

What I enjoyed:

Historical fiction may be my favorite genre to read; when I picked up this book I knew I would be in for a great ride.

The plot was so unique; Ruta loves finding hidden history, and she definitely found a topic that most people are unaware of. I learned a lot from the story. Since Ruta is such a talented (and popular) author, she is able to teach so many readers about the history of our world.

Ruta develops her characters so wonderfully. Josie was such an authentic person, I felt so many emotions as I listened to her thoughts and aspirations. I love reading Ruta’s books because by the end I feel so extremely connected/invested in her characters.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Willie. Willie is the owner of the brothel; She fills in as a mother figure for Josie (due to Josie’s lack of a relationship with her mom). You would think that Willie being an owner of a brothel would make her a bad mother figure, but this is not the case. I love this contrast.

What I did not enjoy:

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved reading this book. I would give Ruta’s two other novels both 5 stars. This book I would give 4 stars. I think part of the reason why I did not enjoy the book as much is because I love WWII history. Ruta’s other novels are set in WWII; whereas, this novel is set in a completely different setting. I enjoyed reading something different from Ruta, but I did not enjoy the history in this book as much as I enjoyed the history/stories behind her other novels.

I was just a bit upset that this book was not as enjoyable for me when compared to Ruta’s other novels. I still enjoyed it, but I do tend to expect nothing but amazing from Ruta.

If you are a Ruta Sepetys fan, or you find the synopsis interesting, this is the book for you. If you love history, this may also be something worth reading.

I am glad to be back at my computer; I miss letting you all know what I’ve been up to lately.

I would love to hear your opinions on this book!

Thanks for listening,

Sincerely, K


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Unknown.jpegWhen fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… 


Hey readers, it’s the weekend!

Yet another review from my long week up at the lake. I have always wanted to read City of Bones and Cassandra Clare’s entire series, but I have to say that I was a little intimidated by its popularity. I have never enjoyed reading fantasy, and this book proves my disinterest in the genre.

One of my favorite genre’s to read is science fiction, so you would think that fantasy is another genre I would like; however, I am not a big fantasy fan. I think the reason why I love science fiction and not fantasy is because of my love of science and history. Science fiction and dystopian books tell stories of the future that seem realistic to me because of advancements in science. Fantasy stories, like this book, tell stories with demons and shadowhunters, which seem unrealistic to me. I REALLY wanted to enjoy this book. Sadly I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped.

What I enjoyed from the book:

The story was really original; Cassandra Clare did a really great job of creating something I have not seen before.

I really liked Clary as a person. She was genuine and was determined to find her mother.

What I disliked about the book:

I don’t want to say that I hated this book, because I did not. Nothing seemed to spark my attention. There are probably many of you reading this that think I am crazy. I have never enjoyed fantasy, so do not take this as a diss to such a popular series.

The book took me awhile to finish, which for me this is a clear indicator that I did not enjoy the book.

Like I said before, many fantasy books, including this one, seem unrealistic to me; therefore, I tend to not enjoy books similar to this one.

I hope you take this review with a grain of salt. To anyone who wanted to read this book and now finds themselves discouraged to read it, realize that I am not a fantasy fan and maybe this book could become your favorite!

I wanted to keep this review short and simple. I did not enjoy this book, but this is because I do not enjoy many fantasy reads.

Thanks for listening, I would love to hear what you think about this book (and the entire series).

Sincerely, K


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

17838528.jpgAndie had it all planned out. 

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. 

And where’s the fun in that?


Happy Friday everyone!!

Don’t worry, I have not gone missing. I spent the last week up at the lake. There was no service, no wifi, and an unlimited amount of time to read. So that is what I did, I read.

One of the books I read was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

I really enjoyed this book. Here is what I LOVED:

Walking into the book, I thought it was going to be average. A book that I have read 100 times before. This definitely was not the case.

The idea of having a main character of a book be a politician’s daughter, during a scandal, is genius. Thank you Morgan Matson. I feel as though I really got to know Andie and how she felt being ignored by her father and his lifestyle.

The story behind Clark, Andie’s love interest, was super cool to me. He is barely an adult, yet he has a large following because of his writing and the movies created from his books.

The setting of the story fit perfectly with summertime! I love reading contemporary books during the summer, and I would definitely classify the story as a feel-good, contemporary read.

Now what I did not enjoy:

The book was more than 500 pages, which I do enjoy. When I started the book, I thought the reason for such a lengthy story was because there would be a lot of plot going on. What I noticed while reading the story is that the writing is very descriptive. I enjoyed most details; however, it did take me a while to get through the story because of all of Andie’s thoughts. I still am unsure if I enjoyed or disliked this aspect of the novel; therefore, I have placed my thoughts under “what I disliked.”

That is my only negative remark.

If I could read this book all over again, I would. It is such a lighthearted story; I absolutely LOVED IT!! I LOVED this book so much that I actually ran to the bookstore yesterday and picked up Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone. I am beyond excited to read another book from Morgan.

If you have any books similar to The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, let me know (I would love to read more books like this one)!!

I am glad to be back in a wifi-zone blogging to all of you!!

Sincerely, K



To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

IMG_0511.jpgIt’s Tuesday!

These past two days I have been drinking tea and reading Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. One of the best ways to get rid of a cold (which I am currently fighting) is to drink tea,sleep,read,repeat.

For those of you who haven’t read these two books, you are sitting in the exact same seat I was sitting in a couple of days ago. I have heard such great things about this series, and when I knew I would be sitting in bed for a while trying to overcome a cold, I told myself that I would do what was needed: Go to my local bookstore and pick up a copy of both To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You follow a girl named Lara Jean. Lara Jean has never had a boyfriend, but she has loved five boys throughout her life. Whenever Lara Jean has loved a boy, the only way she can end her feelings is to write a letter to them, so that is what she does. After she has written and addressed a letter, she puts it in her hatbox in her closet. Nobody is supposed to see these letters; however, one day the hatbox is gone, and every letter has been sent. Lara Jean doesn’t remember what she has written to each boy, but she knows that she has to get each letter back. Once the letters are sent out, the boys begin to find their way back to Lara Jean.

In the first book, Lara receives four of the five letters back. By the time P.S. I Still Love You comes around the corner, Lara Jean has finally found the boy she truly loves. When the boy who holds letter number five finds his way into her life, she comes to see that being in love with two people may be possible.

What I love about these two books (bc I really LOVE them):

Lara Jean has an amazing relationship with her two sisters, Margot and Kitty. Since their mom died when they were younger, the three sisters always knew they needed to have each other’s backs. They joke with each other, and they tell each other practically everything. I think I loved this sister-friendship aspect of the book because of my relationship with N. N&I always agree with each other that nobody, not even our parents, know each other like we do. We are best friends like Lara, Margot, and Kitty are best friends.

I love Lara Jean. She just seems to know who she is, and she isn’t afraid of not changing who she is in order to be with a boy. She loves baking, she has a great sense of style (I can tell from her constantly contemplating which outfit to wear), and she is so bubbly it is contagious.

These books are just examples of those feel-good, put-you-in-a-better-mood, super-adorable reads. When I think of Lara Jean and these books, I can’t help but smile!

Another wonderful thing about this book, the covers are SO PRETTY.

In these books, the relationships/friendships seem so real. Everything seems to click between Margot/Lara Jean/Kitty. Whenever Lara Jean and Peter spend time together, things just seem right. Josh seems to fit in perfectly with the Song Covey crowd.

The only thing I dislike about these books: Genevieve!! She always seems to be in the way; however, I understand that in order for a book to be a book, there is usually an antagonist.

If you haven’t read these books, you need to get your life in order and drop by the Bookstore/Library.

I cannot believe that the third book, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Is coming out in the spring of 2017!! The countdown begins…

Let me know if you have any recommendations,

Sincerely, K


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

34352-1Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.


Happy Sunday!

I hope you all had a great weekend (full of reading)! I spent my weekend reading books, one of them being Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.

Before reading the book, I hoped that it would be as beautiful as every book Ruta has written before. It was.

The story takes place during WWII in the winter of 1945. Four characters, each from a different homeland, take a journey to board the Wilhelm Gustloff. Germany is losing the war; the only way for many people to live is to flee during Soviet advancement through the Wilhelm Gustloff. Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred all believe that the Wilhelm Gustloff is their only way to safety; what they don’t know is the ship could be their death.

Much of humanity is familiar with the stories behind the Titanic and the Lucitania. Not many know the story behind the Wilhelm Gustloff: a ship that departed in 1945 with more than 9,000 passengers, where the boat’s capacity was 1,500. When the boat was torpedoed during its journey, the number of people outnumbered the capacity of lifeboats. The majority of the boats’ passengers sank with it. Ruta Sepetys sheds light on the hidden history behind the Wilhelm Gustloff in Salt to the Sea. 

Now I get to tell you all how much I loved this book!

Joana, Florian, and Emilia were all characters I fell in love with. Joana’s selflessness, Florian’s caring nature, and my heart broke for Emilia with every word she spoke. I cannot say the same for Alfred. Alfred is a Nazi soldier. Alfred may be one of the most egotistical yet clueless characters I have ever experienced reading. I loved the contrast that Ruta created between Joana/Florian/Emilia vs. Alfred.

I also enjoyed seeing so many sides of the war. Every character comes from a different place, and have a different stance on the war. It was amazing to see how people from different sides of such a big world issue can stick together and come to love one another.

For those of you who have read Between Shades of Gray, one of the main characters in Salt to the Sea is Lina’s cousin, Joana. I loved listening to Joana after I have heard so much of her through Lina, and I also enjoyed reading about Lina through Joana.

I love historical fiction. If I had a list of my top ten favorite historical fiction books, this one would be on it. When I read books, I always look for something I have learned. I never have a hard time thinking of what I have gained from reading Ruta’s books. She creates vivid characters, within a beautiful story, during a real-life occurrence. She has outdone herself again with Salt to the Sea. 

The ending is wonderful. That is all I am going to say.

I have no negative remarks. Let me know if you have one, because I could spend days trying to find one complaint.

If you have not read Salt to the Sea, add it to your “MUST READ” list.

Thanks for listening (I would love some recommendations!!),

Sincerely, K




K’s take on The Last Star (plus our signing with Rick Yancey!!)


Happy Friday readers!!

Friday is my favorite day as it means I get all weekend to read!

This is N&I’s first dual review!! N’s review and take on meeting Rick Yancey is below mine.

Last night N&I went to Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville to meet Rick Yancey, the author of  The Last Star (Book #3 of The 5th Wave series).

The event started off with Rick Yancey introducing himself and the new book. He made us all sad by reminding us that this is his farewell tour for the series. I almost shed a tear.

Rick then went on talking about the books, and how much work went into each book of the series. Rick said that Ben Parish was killed off in one of the first waves in the first book, but his editor made Rick keep Ben around. I think I like Rick’s editor (what would life be like without Ben Parish?!).

Rick also talked about the movie adaptation of The 5th Wave. He didn’t bash the movie, but you could tell that he would have made some changes to the movie if he could (I would have too)!

He randomly gave out The 5th Wave bags based on our numbers in line; unfortunately, #16 (my number) was not called. We then got in line for our books to be signed.

Rick was such a nice and ABSOLUTELY FUNNY person. When it was my turn in line, I was so nervous, but he calmed my nerves when I talked to him. I told him how much I enjoyed the last book (and the series as a whole), and N told him about how our book club named his book “Book of The Year.” He was surprised, and thanked us for enjoying his books.

I still am in such shock from realizing how normal, and HILARIOUS, Rick Yancey is. I’m telling you all, if you ever have the chance to meet him, please do. He is amazing.

Now I would like to review the book.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey was a good read, but not as good as I hoped it would be. This series has been a really big part of my life. I was expecting a great conclusion to a great series, but I felt that I received less than that.

What I liked about the book:

I felt at home while reading the books; Rick Yancey continued to portray each character authentically.

I enjoyed seeing the ending, along with which characters developed relationships.

What I did not like about the book:

The ending didn’t give me closure; you will understand when you finish the book (I don’t want to be a spoiler). For me there was one very big unanswered question.

Obviously, the series follows an apocalyptic world, which means not everyone can live. I hated to see certain characters end their lives; however, I understand why Rick Yancey chose the outcomes for each character.

The book didn’t have an incredibly original plot. Nothing “wowed” me when it came to the plot that Rick Yancey created.

I think I know the reason why I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. The first book was AMAZING. I thought that the second book was not as amazing, but often times the second book of a series is my least favorite. I thought that the third book would be a spectacular conclusion. I hate to say it, but this was not the spectacular conclusion I was looking for.

If you enjoyed the first book (and series) as much as I did, reading the last book is something you should definitely do! If you did not enjoy the first book, this may not be very enjoyable.

All in all, I want to give a BIG THANKS to Rick Yancey for creating such an amazing story. You (and Cassie) inspire me to achieve greatness. I cannot wait to read more of your work!

This was quite the long blog. If you have made it all the way down here, thanks for listening to me ramble (I LOVE The 5th Wave)!!

Sincerely, K


N’s take on The Last Star



Our first dual review!!! Check out K’s

K and I had the privilege to meet Rick Yancey, author of the New York Times Bestselling series The Fifth Wave, yesterday at his goodbye tour in Naperville, IL at Anderson’s Bookshop.

Anderson’s always does an awesome job with author meet and greets, as I have been to many of them, and Rick’s speech/Q&A session went above and beyond my expectations.

He spoke to the audience about his experiences about writing the series, and gave us a few fun facts about himself and the creation of the books.

  1. He wrote The Fifth Wave three times and The Infinite Sea twice!
  2. Ben Parrish was supposed to die in the first and second novel in the series, but his editor encouraged him to keep Ben around. (Thank GOD!)
  3. Sony Pictures is trying to figure out how much money they make from the Blu-ray DVDs before making the decision to create the second movie. (So go buy a bunch!)
  4. His wife, Sandy, inspired the character Cassie.
  5. His hardest character to write in first person was Evan which is why he wrote it in third person, and also Ringer because she closes herself off to others and herself.
  6. Oddly, he said it was the easiest to write through Cassie’s perspective even though he isn’t a girl. He said it was because Cassie was inspired by his wife which made him relate to her.

These were just a few of the things he touched on. I highly suggest taking advantage of signings with Rick because of his encouraging nature and comedic attitude. It was such a privilege to meet and speak with him!

Now on to The Last Star.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


The last installment to the epic series follows the lives of the few who remain as they fight to finally terminate the Others. Cassie, Evan, Ben, Sammy, and the rest of the gang pledge to hang on to the little humanity they have left as they try to end the lives of the aliens who inhabited their land and their lives, even if they have to make sacrifices.

With many more battles to conquer, Cassie hopes to find peace for her brother Sam and the friends that have stood by her side. All questions are answered by the end of this tear jerker, so have a box of tissues near by and be ready to fight through the pages along with her.

What did I think about the book? Where do I begin?

The first thing that I have to say is that I finished the book a few days ago and couldn’t wrap my brain around what I though until now, and I am eager to tell you about it.

A few years ago when The Fifth Wave hit the stores, my book club chose this epic story to be the best YA book of the Year.

The Last Star doesn’t fall short of this.

From the Don Quijote references to the tears I shed through out the novel, I found myself feeling every emotion possible in the time I spent reading it.

Although the ending left me devastated, all of my eager questions were answered and I was impressed with the clarity it gave me. I had the chills as I read the last chapter.

The only complaint that I really have about the book is the ending. I assure you that you will shed more than a few tears when the book comes to a close. After throwing the book out the window from shock, anger, and sadness, you will go outside, pick it up, and give it a nice hug. Again, all of my emotions were brought to the table, or I guess in my case, the front lawn.

Applause goes out to Rick Yancey and all the people involved in the series. It’s a book series that has changed my thoughts on dystopian novels, as I am usually not a fan.

A definite recommendation to all readers, no matter the type.

Best, N