Favorite Fictional BFFs, Boyfriends & enemies

Happy Sunday everyone!!

As the end of the year is coming (only 2.5 more months), I have lately been reminiscing the books that I have read in 2016. I have read so many wonderful books, and I keep thinking about all of the wonderful characters I have grown to love over this past year. 

I now have decided to put together a group of some of my favorite book BFFs, boyfriends, and enemies that I personally have come to love (and hate) over the past 10 months. For the BFFs & boyfrieds, I wish I could have them by my side in everyday life! For the enemies, I am very glad they are fictional characters that I will never have to come face-to-face with. 

I am now going to start with my absolute favorite…

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I have fallen in love with far more fictional boys as compared to boys in real life, and it is a problem! When a book tries to tell me that fictional boys exist in real life, I’m always thinking…
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So here is my time to spill to you all the fictional boyfriends that I have crushed on (I’m SOOO excited!!)

1). JOHN AMBROSE McCLAREN (for life) from P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han!! I have always been team John Ambrose McClaren, sorry Peter Kavinski fans(I honestly love Peter too), but John is such a sweetheart. My mom always says to me “there are the boys you date and the boys you marry,” and I believe that John Ambrose McClaren is the boy you date AND MARRY!! When he showed up at Lara Jean’s house all dressed up for her, my heart nearly melted. When Lara Jean and John danced together, I knew that they were soul mates.

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I am dying for Always and Forever, Lara Jean to be released in April. I am really hoping that Lara Jean and John end up together, but most importantly I hope that John has the happy ending his heart deserves!

2). Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Kaz. Kaz. Kaz. Kaz + Inej = happiness! Kaz gives off the impression that he is coldhearted and wants nothing to do with a relationship, but everyone knows deep down inside he is in love with Inej. His grumpiness is just a protection to being hurt by her. He acts weird around Inej, yet he is always looking after her. I have come to the conclusion that he is a complete sweetheart. 100%.

3). Frank Porter from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Frank Porter may be my favorite fictional boyfriend. Emily, the female protagonist of SYBG, spends her summer completing a bucket-list in order to bring back her best friend, Sloane, from her secret departure from Stanwich, Connecticut. Frank Porter is the one that makes this all possible. Frank spends his early mornings running, and late nights in the lake or at the Apple Orchard, helping Emily. The sad part is that Frank has a very seriously studious girlfriend who is spending the summer at Princeton. Roadblock!!! With his girlfriend in another state, Frank and Emily begin to build feelings for each other.

giphy.gifMy favorite thing about Frank: he is the sweetest fictional guy I have ever known. I could go on and on about how WONDERFUL Frank Porter is, but I think you all get my point!

Now we must continue on to….

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BOOK BFFS!!!!

  1. Addie from Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: Lina (the protagonist of the story) is persuaded by her mother to go visit the dad she has never met in Italy. After her mother’s death, Lina packs up her life and goes to Italy. Lina leaves behind her forever best friend Addie. Addie is always Skyping or calling Lina when Lina is homesick or is having boy problems. on the other side of the world, Addie helps Lina find a home in Italy. Every girl needs a friend like Addie!

2)  Jessica from Twilight (and New Moon & Eclipse & Breaking Dawn) by Stephanie Meyer. Every group of girls has that one friend that is always outspoken. Jessica, who is Bella’s new bestie from Forks in Twilight, is always judging Bella and obsessing over Mike. Maybe I wouldn’t want to be actual friends with Jessica, but I always laugh when I am reading or watching Twilight because I have a friend who reminds me SOOO much of Jessica. I always want to say, “keep your thoughts to yourself!!”

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Last, but not least…. Book enemies!!

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1)All villainous characters from Jenny Han’s Books. From To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I absolutely despise Genevieve. If I could chose one person I hate the most in the world, fictional or not, it would be  Genevieve. She is always messing with Peter, and messing with Lara Jean, and messing with PETER AND LARA JEAN being together, and I have had enough of it. If she continues to ruin LJ & P’s relationship in Always and Forever, Lara Jean, I may spend my life crying myself to sleep. I also greatly disliked Mary from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s Burn For Burn series. I honestly loved her all the way up until the ending of the second book, Fire with Fire. Jenny Han always seems to know how to play with my heart-strings, and I know she will continue to do so in Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Why are you torturing me Jenny Han?!?!

2) Afred from Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Alfred is a Nazi soldier aboard a ship of refugees during WWII. Alfred may be one of the most closed-minded, heartless, awful fictional characters I have ever met. He is so unaware of what is going on in the world during such a gruesome war. One of the things I most loved about this book and Ruta Sepetys’ writing is the contrast between beautiful characters, and horrible characters like Alfred. I was so fascinated by his idiocy; this aspect of the book kept me on my toes. If you are looking for a great villainous character, Alfred, and Salt to the Sea, is the one for you!!

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That is it everyone!! You now have learned my favorite fictional BFF’s, boyfriends, and enemies of 2016 so far!!  I’d love to hear from you all about your favorites : )))

Thanks for listening everyone (if you have made it to this point, you are wonderful!!)

Sincerely, K

YA Fandom Frenzy

Hey everyone!!

IMG_1710.JPGYA Fandom Frenzy is a book convention that is ran by my local bookstore, Anderson’s Bookshop. Anderson’s Bookshop has been around for more than 50 years, and there are currently three locations. The newest location, which has been around for a little over a year, is one mile from my house. I absolutely LOVE the store because of the merchandise, how close it is to my house, and the abundance of signings that are held there. I was able to go to a signing for Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, Adam Silvera, and David Arnold all in September. It was a great month!!

YA Fandom Frenzy brings together almost 40 wonderful authors to spend the day with teen readers. Unfortunately, N was unable to come with me because she had work, so I went unaccompanied.

When I walked into the convention, there were table everywhere where some people had began to seat themselves. I saw a group of friendly girls, and decided to sit down at their table. I am so glad I did because the girls were all so fun and welcoming.

Every author was assigned to a table of readers. The author of 26 Kisses, Anna Michels, was assigned to our table. I sat next to her, so I was able to talk to her about publishing. Since Nora is in the process of editing her book, and will soon transition to finding a literary agent, Anna told me a lot about her experience publishing her book. It was so nice talking to her!

When the event started, we did speed dating. Every author was given three minutes to talk about themselves and their book. Some of the authors were absolutely hilarious. I was laughing so hard for the majority of the time.

Before lunch, there were a couple of rounds of “would you rather.” Some of the topics were “eat double stuffed oreos or vanilla oreos” and “chose narwhals or unicorns.” The authors also had to talk about their worst haircut. I absolutely loved this, it was so funny listening to them!!

During lunch, we were able to eat and go to the bookstore. As you all know me, I went into the bookstore with my wallet in hand and ready to buy the whole place. I bought four books: Holding Up the Universe, All the Bright Places (which I had already read), Our Chemical Hearts, and The Serpent King. I cannot wait to read them!!

After lunch we finished up the speed dating with the authors that had not yet spoken, and then we started the Book Trivia Challenge!! This was one of my favorite parts, some of the rounds included “name the book based on these emojis” and “which actor played in both of these movies based on books.” Our team didn’t win, but we had a great time!!

After all the games were over, it was SIGNING TIME!!! I jumped out of my seat and made my way to have my books signed!

The first person who signed my book was Traci Chee, the author of The Reader. I brought my arc I got at BookCon, and we chatted about the hidden messages in the book. Traci was one of the nicest authors I have ever met, I am so glad I was able to speak with her!

I also was able to speak to Paula Stokes, who wrote Girl Against The Universe, and many other popular titles. Paula Stokes is very important to N, as N decided to write her book after reading Girl Against the Universe!! Paula Stokes was so nice, and she loved hearing how her book inspired Nora to write her own YA contemporary novel.

I then spoimg_1679ke with Krystal Sutherland, the author of Our Chemical Hearts!! I had been waiting for this book to come out for a couple of months, and I was overjoyed to be able to speak with Krystal. Krystal is from Australia, and her accent was the coolest thing!

Next I spoke to Jeff Zentner, the author of The Serpent King. Jeff was so welcoming, and he explained a quote from the book for me. Talking to him was a highlight of my day!

 

img_1683The second to last author I spoke to was Jennifer Niven. When I spoke to Jennifer, I gushed to her how good All the Bright Places was for me and how it has helped so many readers like myself! Jennifer was so kind, she asked that I sign her book while she signed mine. I asked to take a picture with her, and she was ecstatic! After our picture, she asked if we could take a selfie, AND SHE ENDED UP POSTING IT ON INSTAGRAM!! I was so excited when I saw myself on her account! Jennifer is the best!

 

 

img_1682The last person I spoke to was Julie Buxbaum. I started off by telling her how much I love Tell Me Three Things, and how it is one of my favorite books of the year. I then went on to tell her how I was a bookblogger, and whenever someone asks for a contemporary recommendation, Tell Me Three Things is my response! We also were able to take a photo! As I started to walk away, she sincerely thanked me for spreading the word about her book, and asked that I continue to advocate for Tell Me Three Things. Speaking to Julie was probably my favorite signing!!

 

Well, there you go, that was a very long post to a very great day. Soon after the signings finished, I left YA Fandom Frenzy, sad that I would have to wait another year to experience such a great day!

Thanks for listening everyone, I had a great time gushing about a wonderful day. I am still experiencing fandom frenzy withdrawals : (…..

I feel absolutely horrible for being so inactive on our website. I have been incredibly busy this past month between classes and our bookstagram. If you guys follow onebooktwogirls on instagram, you would see that I post every other day, and am constantly responding to messages. It sometimes is hard to put away time to get on my computer and blog to you all. I am incredibly sorry for this, but I promise that I will start posting weekly here to you all. Thanks for all the support guys : )!!!

Sincerely, K

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ke23437156tterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Hey everyone!

It has been quite a while since I have been able to write to you all. This past month has been very crazy for me. I started my junior year of high school, where I find myself taking 5 AP classes (I know, I am CRAZY). I find myself having to stay up until 12:30am on week nights just to get to read, and I think all of you book lovers will agree with the saying “read more, sleep less!” As some of you know, I am a cross country runner at my school. At the beginning of my season (and the school year), I got pretty sick. Last year I was out of school for 6 weeks because of pneumonia, and did some pretty bad lung damage. The lung damage came back to haunt me at the first week of practice, and because of my sickness my doctor advised that I quite cross country and run on my own (at a non-competitive level). This is why I have left you all for such a long time. I am super sorry, but am BEYOND happy to be back writing to you all about the wonderful books I have read on my leap of absence. Thank you for being so understanding!

N&I each plan on bringing you one blog post per week, whether it be a dual review, an inside look at an author event, or a monthly wrap-up/book haul. It’s time to GET EXCITED!!

now forget about me, let’s talk about this AMAZING book!!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the book that got me into my August fantasy-filled book binge. I always thought that I wasn’t a big fantasy reader, but in this past month I have become a new person (who LOVES fantasy)!!

Here’s what I LOVE about Six of Crow:

This book is absolutely B E A U T I F U L. The chapter titles had the perfect little drawings. The sides of the pages were panted black, which fit the book wonderfully. The presentation truly brought the book to life.

I am usually not the biggest fan of a book that follows multiple perspectives, but this book left me feeling different. I often find myself overwhelmed by hearing from multiple characters, but hearing from each character helped develop such an interesting plot. I began to fall in love with each and every character.

The flashbacks within Six of Crows helped the plot tremendously. Without these snippets to the past, I wouldn’t have been able to understand the multiple relationships within the story. Another reason why I am a huge fan of flashbacks is because I love getting to know the young and naive version of a character. Seeing a character grow is what makes books wonderful!

Kaz is such a sweetheart. He has such a tough personality on the outside, but as the reader gets to know him, we can see that this shell he creates is just to protect himself from being hurt.

Each and every character within Six of Crows was crafted to perfection. I feel like I got a little of everything by reading this story.

The contrast between Kaz & Inej’s relationship versus Nina and Matthias was a really cool piece of this book. Thanks Leigh!!

Now that you all understand my crazy love of this book, here is what I didn’t like as much:

I feel like the ending wasn’t placed in the right spot. I do not know how to explain this feeling, but I felt like I needed a little more from this book (maybe that’s why there is a second book coming)!

My only other complaint is that this book is a DUOLOGY. I really wish that this book were a trilogy, but maybe I am asking too much of Leigh.

I am SOOO excited for Crooked Kingdom which is being released in late September. I have tickets for a signing to meet Leigh Bardugo, and I can’t wait (I follow Leigh on instagram and her stories are beyond hilarious)!!

I hope I have convinced you all to pick up a copy of this magnificent book! I can’t explain how happy I am to be back and writing to you all, thank you to everyone for all the support:)

Until next time,

Sincerely, K

 

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Choksi

Unknown.jpegFate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself. 

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Hi everyone, happy Wednesday!

I am still sick, and with sickness comes tea, tissues, and READING! I have spent the past couple of days reading some WONDERFUL books. One of the few books I have had the pleasure to read is The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Choksi. I really enjoyed this book; I find myself giving this book 80% praise and 20% displeasure…

Therefore, I would like to begin with why I really loved reading this story.

From the first sentence of this story to its last, the writing was incredibly vivid. Each and every word was placed perfectly, and every sentence flowed into the next. I have never read a book with such beautiful writing. Roshani Choksi has a way with words, no doubt.

The world building within this novel is unheard of. As Maya finds her way through Bharata, Akaran, and the Otherworld, I saw everything she saw. I felt as though I was with Maya. As I said before, Roshani is an incredibly descriptive writer, and this quality most certainly enhanced Maya’s story.

In the story, Maya is forced to chose the fait of many people’s future. She is given a vision of two possible outcomes, and Maya has to chose which is better for the society as a whole. I enjoyed seeing Maya’s trust in Amar (Maya’s husband), transform into confidence within herself.

I found myself intrigued by the relationship between Amar and Maya. Maya was immediately fascinated by Amar the moment she set her eyes on him. On the other hand, Amar looks at Maya as if he has loved her for his entire life. The two characters where so captivated by one another, and I loved following their journey together.

Gauri, Maya’s half-sister, and Maya, share a strong bond. Gauri seems to be the only thing that holds Maya back from leaving Bharata. I always love a good “big sister, little sister” relationship within a story. These two reminded me so much of Katniss and Prim (from The Hunger Games).

Roshani Choksi was able to create not only one, but two villains within The Star-Touched Queen. At the beginning of the story, I thought Mother Dhina would be the only villain within the story; however, another character finds their way into becoming an antagonist.

The title The Star-Touched Queen ties in perfectly with the book. I absolutely adore authors who wrap the title within the story!!

As you have seen, I have a lot to say about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but with most books come critiques, so here are mine:

For the first half of the book, their seemed to be a lack of plot. Wherever Maya went, she spent most of her time meandering hallways, investigating unseen terrain. I just wish more went on within the first half of the book.

Throughout the book, Maya comes in and out of the future. I found myself slightly confused because of this. I had to go back and reread paragraphs various times in order to clarify what happened.

My last complaint: Maya seems to believe everything people tell her. When Amar asked her to leave Bharata after just meeting him, she completely trusts him. Maya also finds herself trusting Nritti without any questions asked. This slightly bothered me.

I hope you all can take my critiques with a grain of salt, as I very much enjoyed this book. I can really tell if I enjoyed a book by my anticipation for the sequel to come out. With this story, I cannot wait for book #2, which is taken from the perspective of Guari. I am really anxious, yet excited, to get to know Guari on a more personal level.

If you are in a fantasy mood, you need to run to your local library/bookstore to pick up a copy of The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Choksi. This book has become one of my favorite fantasy stories of the year.

I would love to hear what you all have to think of this book. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews; therefore, I am open to all criticism.

Thanks for listening,

Sincerely, K

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

41qap6ztVoL.jpg“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

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Hey everyone, happy Monday!

It has been a while since I’ve written a review to you all; this past week has been really crazy for me (the start of my cross country season and back to school shenanigans).

I was able to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson two weeks ago, and I am just now being able to gush on my love of such a WONDERFUL book.

This book has made it to the top of my all time favorites. This may be the first time I have felt so connected to a novel. I felt as though I was standing next to Melinda as she conquered things no other teen should face.

Laurie Halse Anderson’s writing is crisp, precise, yet complex. Melinda spoke so few words, and behind every word she spoke there lie 1000 more.

I just want to give Melinda a big hug. She is such a smart girl, and I constantly found myself wanting to throw this book at the wall because of how Melinda is completely unaware of her intelligence and importance in the world.

Melinda is able to find friendship with her lab partner, David Petrakis. Melinda and David were the perfect pair, and I am really glad that Melinda had David from biology to keep her going through life.

Walking into this book, I thought Laurie would grasp Melinda’s struggles following being sexually assaulted. Which she did; however, Laurie also is able to teach the reader about mental illness (depression), social isolation, and problems at home with her parents. I was able to learn so much from this book, and I cannot thank Laurie enough for this.

This book is 198 pages. In 198 pages, Laurie Halse Anderson is able to complete the impossible: create such a wonderfully perfect story.

Melinda is very funny. The way she describes high school is completely authentic, yet she explains her experiences with such humor.

Oh my goodness, I could keep going on and on about this story forever. But I am not going to do that, because I think you all understand how much I LOVE THIS BOOK.

CAUTION: TISSUES ARE NEEDED TO READ THIS BOOK.

But trust me, it is worth it! I have no complaints about this book. Not one complaint.

I hope you all listen to me and RUN to your local bookstore to pick up this wonderful novel. You won’t regret it!

Thanks for listening (more reviews to come soon!).

Sincerely, K

 

 

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

IMG_1021.jpg“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more. 

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25756328.jpgHappy almost Friday everyone!

I hope your week has treated you well! I was able to read Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch a little while back, and I am FINALLY able to rave about this wonderful book!

This book may have to be one of my favorite contemporary books, I enjoyed it SO much!

Here is what I loved:

Right after I read the synopsis of this book, I was hooked. The idea of moving to a foreign country after the death of your mother with a father you have never met (wow that is quite the mouthful) intrigued me.

The uniqueness of the storyline really reflects on the plot. So much went on in the story; I was on the edge of my seat at all times.

Lina’s mom leaves behind a notebook chronicling her adventures in Sicily before Lina was born. Lina spends her time trying to figure out how Lina came to know Howard (her father). I loved this mysterious aspect to the story. What did Lina’s mother do in Italy so long ago? Maybe if you read the book you will find out!

I think Lina’s strong connection with her mother is what kept Lina connected to finding the truth behind her mother’s time in Italy. I always love a good mother-daughter relationship within a book, and this story definitely had one.

Lina’s friends were awesome! I really wanted to be friends with them, and the adorability of Ren (Lina’s love interest) made me continue to feel this way.

Being that the story takes place in Sicily, Italy, it is super cool following Lina’s journey through such a beautiful city. Jenna Evans Welch made sure to include MANY iconic landmarks within the story. I felt like I was in Italy as I read the book.

What I disliked:

I am having a hard time coming up with a complaint from the story. It was so good. I don’t hand out many 4.5 stars to books, but this book definitely deserves it!

If you are looking for a lighthearted contemporary read, you need to read this book!

Thanks for listening,

Sincerely, K

 

K’s July Wrap-Up

Happy Tuesday (and AUGUST) everyone!!

IMG_1243I hope you guys are having a great week so far. I am really excited for August (the conclusion to a great summer and a fresh start to school); however, July was a month for the books (when it comes to my reading). I read TWELVE books (I have placed them chronologically from beginning-end of month):

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Review in K’s Corner)
  2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (I have not been able to post my review yet)
  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (I Finished this on Sunday, I plan on posting a review later this week. Get ready for this review, it’s gonna be great).
  4. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (My review will be coming soon!)
  5. 99 Days by Katy Cotugno
  6. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  7. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
  8. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  9. When We Collided by Emery Lord
  10. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
  11. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  12. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I feel like I have had a pretty great reading month, don’t you guys think?! Now let’s get to what books I liked, disliked, and am still thinking about (bc some were so good)!

My favorites of July:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson may have been one of the best books I have ever read. I finished reading this right before midnight on Sunday, and I am beyond happy that I got to end July on a great note (with a great read). My review should be posted within a week (I have a lot of previous reviews to post). If you are looking for a moving story, this is the book for you.

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch came right behind Speak. It was such an original and lighthearted story filled with mystery. I love a good puzzle story, and this book definitely had me putting pieces together.

IMG_1280 I really enjoyed Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh (visit my review for more comments).

I also fell head over heals for Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (y’all need to see my review on this WONDERFUL novel).

I also fell in love with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (review coming soon). I am meeting Leigh in September and I CANNOT wait.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (visit review) were really awesome as well.

I could go on and on, but I think that you guys get that I had a wonderful reading month.

What I disliked:

I do not think I have disliked a book as much as I disliked 99 Days by Katy Cotugno. Every character was unlikeable, and the amount of unnecessary drama killed me. I hate it when I come across a book I loathe so much (and I hate being so harsh). For this reason, I chose not to review 99 Days.

I was very surprised to see that I disliked When We Collided by Emery Lord. I thought I would love this contemporary, but I did not. I plan on putting together a short post covering my thoughts on this novel.

THIS MONTH WAS CRAZY PEOPLE. Here is what I have been up to:

  1. It is summer. every summer my family goes on vacation. This year we went to the east coast, and I spent the beginning of July out of town.
  2. I am a cross country runner; therefore, I have tried to get myself out of bed every morning at 6:30 am to train. I know. I’m crazy.
  3. IMG_0820I am going to be a junior this coming year; therefore the stress of the SAT/ACT/SAT subject tests has risen exponentially. I have spent many days and nights at my local Starbucks studying for these scary (yet kind of exciting) tests.
  4. You all can probably tell that I spent a lot of July reading… 12 books YIKES.
  5. One of the more exciting occurrences of July 2016, onebooktwogirls came to bookstagram!! N and I decided that after more than two months of blogging, joining bookstagram was the right place for us. We are so excited, follow us @onebooktwogirls

That’s basically what I did. It was a pretty hectic (and FUN) month. I cannot wait for more good times (and good reads) in August.

Did you guys read anything good in July? Recommendations? Let me know, I think my tbr pile could use some more friends : )

Thanks for listening (and HAPPY AUGUST)

Sincerely, K

 

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

IMG_1280.JPGA prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-
old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t
know which—had been planning all along.

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Hey everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!!

For the last weekend of July, I had a lot of time to catch up on some reading! One of the books I read happened to be Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. I have never even read Pride and Prejudice (I know, I need to), but I stumbled upon this book while browsing my local bookstore. I decided to give it a try, and I am SO glad I did. This may be my favorite read of the month.

Why I fell in LOVE with this story (get ready for me to fangirl over this AMAZING book):

I hate to judge a book by its cover, but I did with this one. It is absolutely gorgeous; the cover grabbed my eye the moment I saw it.

One word to describe the title: CLEVER. The title ties in phenomenally with the story. I just love finding the title within the story. Thank you, Julie Eshbaugh.

I love a good historical fiction YA read, and this was one of them. I have read a lot of American/World War I/World War II historical fiction, yet I have never come upon a story about prehistoric fantasy. I really learned a lot from this story, and I LOVED every bit of history.

This is truly a unique story. That is all I am going to say about that.

Julie Eshbaugh’s writing is wonderful. I loved the perspective she used. It is like a letter; Kol is speaking to Mya. He never says Mya, he always uses “you.” The use of “you” made the flow of the story very calming. Once you dive into this book, you will understand what I mean by this.

When Mya comes to Kol’s clan in the beginning of the story, there is an unspoken argument from the past between Mya and Kol’s clan. Mya knows what happened, but Kol is oblivious. There is also tension between Mya and Lo’s clan. Kol is also oblivious to this past occurrence. Throughout the story, I loved the mystery from the past. I constantly asked myself, “What really went down years ago?”

What I disliked:

Nothing. Not one thing (now you may understand my love of this novel).

If you are looking for something out of your normal comfort zone (when it comes to what you read), you definitely should read this story. Being that this book was partially based upon Pride and Prejudice, I think I may grab it from my bookshelf before school starts.

I hope you all take my advice and READ THIS BOOK.

Thanks for listening!!

Sincerely, K

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

IMG_1289Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

20983362Happy Tuesday everyone!!

I was able to read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken this past week; I have been anticipating reading this book for soon long!!

I want to start off with what I loved from this book:

I absolutely ADORE this book! The cover is 100% GORGEOUS; I don’t want to say that I judged this book by its cover, but maybe I did!

I have never read a time traveling book. I really love seeing Etta go through different times in our worlds history; it was fascinating how the characters had to change their personalities in the different settings. My love of historical fiction really found itself within this novel!

I very much enjoyed learning about Nicholas’ past throughout the book. I was able to see the events of his past that caused him to behave the way he does.

The strong connection that Etta has with her mother and the lengths she goes to find her is inspiring. No matter what challenges face Etta, she conquers them as if they are a piece of cake. I have a really strong relationship with my mom, and I love seeing this within Etta.

THE ENDING. I am dying for the sequel to be released. If you thought you have already read the biggest cliffhanger book out there, you are wrong. You will be left on the edge of your seat!

Now that you understand my LOVE of this book, I would like to share my discontent within the book:

The beginning and the end were PHENOMENAL; however, I found myself a bit disconnected from the book during the middle. I wish a little more happened during the middle, but don’t get me wrong… I really enjoyed this book.

If a time traveling story intrigues you like it intrigued me before I read this story, you need to run to your local bookstore and pick up a copy of Passenger.

I want to yet again exclaim my enjoyment of this book and my hope for its sequel coming this January.

Thanks for listening, let me know if you have any thoughts on this book or recommendations for me!!

Until next time…

“It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.” -Alexandra Bracken, Passenger

Sincerely, K

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Unknown-1.jpegEverything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

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Happy Sunday Everyone!!

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Last night I started reading Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. I also finished reading Tell Me Three Things last night. Yes, I stayed up until 2 am reading this book. It was that good.

Here is what I loved:

The cover is absolutely beautiful. The waffles on the cover tie in wonderfully to the story, as well as the title. I do not think the title could have been chosen more perfectly. You will understand this once you read the book.

Have you ever seen the movie You’ve Got Mail? This book completely reminded me of that movie. The lighthearted conversations via email, the relationship between Jessie and Ethan. These things brought me back to such a great movie, and they made this book wonderfully enjoyable.

I also loved going back and forth throughout the book trying to figure out who SN (Somebody/Nobody) was. I always had a gut feeling about who SN was (I WAS RIGHT), but there where times that I found myself doubting SN’s identity. This mystery held me close to the book.

Most of you know that I like to have a takeaway from each book I read. Julie Buxbaum does a wonderful job in teaching her reading audience about the grieving process. In the story, Jessie has a hard time getting over the death of her mom. It also does not help that Jessie’s father married a woman who he met on the internet following the death of his wife. Jessie has to figure out what life looks like without her mom.

I really enjoyed the characters within the book. I usually have an easy time finding unlikeable characters within a novel; however, with this story I could not find a character that bugged me. YAY.

I really enjoyed the ending to this book. There are so many aspects and relationships that Jessie has in her life, and the book really left me at peace.

Part of the book is placed in Chicago, which is where I live. I really enjoyed reading about the place that I have lived my whole life.

What I disliked:

I have one complaint. There were one or two scenes that seemed unnecessary to the plot of the book that I found in the beginning. It didn’t completely bother me since both scenes were only a page long, but I still noticed that the scenes seemed out of place in the story.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It was a really lighthearted, easy to read, yet INCREDIBLY enjoyable. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time (and stay up until 2 am reading it).

BTW, Jessie works in a bookstore named Book Out Below! I am not only completely impressed by such an original bookstore name, but I am absolutely jealous of Jessie working in a bookstore. This is my dream.

YOU ALL NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. now. If you could Tell Me Three Things of why you shouldn’t, I want to hear them (did you see what I did there!!).

I need some book recommendations, so please send any my way. Thanks for listening!!

Sincerely, K