When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

28458598Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

     -Goodreads

Happy Monday y’all!

It is officially August and I head back to school in two weeks (AHHHHHHH!). But all that means is that I have to finish all of the books I have been procrastinating to pick up for the past three months, because I can assure you, they will not be conquered over the fall….

But on to more important things, such as how I devoured When Dimple Met Rishi!!!! I bought this book back in June when it released, and over July I finally had the time to read it. I can’t tell you enough how much this book deserves a rave review.

Here are some of the things I LERVED about it:

  1. It followed a young women pursuing STEM! I’m entering my senior year of high school and I am currently pursuing Electrical Engineering, so it was great to connect with a protagonist who is struggling the same way I am. Sandhya Menon definitely had an informed perspective on tackling STEM as a girl.
  2. The book is told in dual perspectives, so not only do you get to gush about Rishi with Dimple, you get to hear from Rishi and all of his sweetness!!!!!!!
  3. Although it touched on STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math), the book never bored me. (P.S. Even though I love all things PHYSICS and PROGRAMMING, I can only take enough jibber jabber about it:))

For the first time in a while, there wasn’t anything that bothered me. I give this read a 5/5, pat on the back, two thumbs up! (And if you follow my reviews, you know this book must be legendary for a 5/5 star rating.)

If any of you have any recommendations for books to read following WDMR, lmk in the comments below! Here in Chicago it is sunny and a bit chilly (my favorite weather ensemble)…. which means that I am in the mood to read…. and devour as many novels as possible….

 

XXXXX always, N

 

P. S. A Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone review will be up soon hopefully! I am half way through my first read of Harry Potter’s adventures in book one.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

32078787.jpgLouna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants. 

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

-Goodreads

Happy Summer everyone!

We are back from our junior year break. I deeply apologize for being MIA, but I can assure you at least two book reviews per week will be posted for the rest of summer here. I am so happy to be back reviewing!

Now, it’s time for my first review of June. I’ve been waiting for Once and For All for months now, as Sarah Dessen never fails to WOW me, and I’m so happy that I got to finally binge read it!

Once and For All follows a young girl, Louna, who works under her mother in her wedding planning business. At one of the many chaotic weddings, Louna meets Ambrose: a free-spirit who makes Louna itch in every scenario. After Ambrose’s mother weds to a third husband, Louna is tasked with planning the rest of the Natalie Barrett Weddings of the summer… with Ambrose by her side.

I’ll get right into the likes and dislikes!!!

What I LURVED about Dessen’s most recent publication:

  1. Louna was nothing like your average contemporary character. Her fresh insight and struggles kept me reading through out my entire binge! The worst thing that an author can do is create a static, dull character. Dessen strayed away from anything of this sort (as ALWAYS!).
  2. The story didn’t follow a perfect couple- with the perfect beginning, middle and end. Relationships are hard work. I was thrilled that Dessen addressed this in OAFA.
  3. MINI SPOILER ALERT: Dessen highlights a tragic reality- school shootings- in such a honest manner. The way she weaved this narrative was incredible.
  4. THIS NOVEL WAS SUCH A FUN SUMMER READ!!! (AND BOY DO I LOVE FUN SUMMER READS:))

What I DIDNT LURVE about Dessen’s most recent publication:

  1. Ambrose and Louna make a bet. It stands as a major plot point and brings progression to the characters as people in the novel. It didn’t feel like the bet was really incorporated into the plot well. I just wish the idea had a larger significance for the characters and their growth.

That’s it! The pros definitely outweigh the cons, here! I really think that Dessen has raised the bar with this one on originality. I give it two thumbs up and a big smile! Let me know if you all have been reading OAFA and what you think about it.

Cheers!!!
N

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

sky_375wSeventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

-Goodreads

Hey fellow everyone!

So it’s been a while since I had the chance to blog! I have lots to catch up on, since I finally finished draft TWO of my book! Kelly is going to read it ASAP and give me feedback, so I can continue editing the crap out of it!

Between hours of edits, I was able to read this beautiful book, The Sky is Everywhere, my first read from Jandy Nelson, even though Kelly has been raving about I’ll Give You the Sun since it was published. So here we go… review time!

The Sky is Everywhere follows a teenage girl, Lennie, who is in the midst of mourning her sister’s death when she meets the new boy in band, Joe. Joe is perfect for Lennie. They share a love for music, he is super cute, and she feels like she can escape her past when she’s with him.

The only issue is that she’s been secretly seeing her dead sister’s boyfriend.

I figured when I started this book I would totally hate Lennie for being selfish enough to see her sister’s boyfriend. I was wrong.

The voice in this book was written so well and was entirely true to Lennie’s life. I’ve been told so many great things about the way Nelson tells this story and I am in complete agreement. It tells the story of two people who are mourning the loss of a loved one in an entirely twisted scenario, but is written so eloquently I have to mourn with them.

I connected with Lennie, not because I have dated my sister’s boyfriend (lol), but because I could almost feel the underlying pain coming off the pages.

Lastly, I loved the setting Lennie’s story was told in. Lennie’s mother left her and her sister, Bailey, when they were little, and so she is living with her grandmother and uncle as this all goes down. Their perspectives and insight to Lennie were a crucial part to the story. I got quite a few laughs.

Despite being frustrated on multiple occasions for Lennie’s actions, I really liked the story Jandy Nelson told. I would easily recommend it to anyone looking for a meaningful read.

4.5/5 stars!!! Give this book a shot.

XOXO, N

P.S. Who’s ready for some AWESOME reads in 2017?!?!

Favorite (and least favorite) book to Movie Adaptations

Happy Tuesday!!!!

I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting. I have had so much going on the past month. (But that’s no excuse!!) Now that Cross Country is coming to a close, I will have more time to read and review!

So for now, I want to talk about my top 5 best book to movie adaptations, and my top 5 worst!!!

TOP 5 WORST:

  1. Allegiant (the first half of the book) was by far the worst movie adaptation that I have ever seen. As you may know, they cancelled the second installment for the #1 NYT bestselling novel due to the horrific reviews and box office results. The way that they split the book up for the movie was unappealing, and I just can’t really say that there were any good parts about it. Sorry!!!mybad.gif
  2. Paper Towns was not my favorite because I felt that the book was mediocre in my opinion, and I felt that with the cast they had, it was going to be much better once everything was put together. After I watched the movie, I remembered why I didn’t like the book.tumblr_nvvyhowKUN1qb9pa3o1_500.gif
  3. The Host was highly anticipated, as it was the beginning of Stephanie Meyer’s next film endeavor. I was young when I saw it at the midnight premiere, and thought it was pretty good, but once I watched it a few years later after another read, I understood why Stephanie hasn’t finished the next book…
  4. The Fifth Wave is one of my favorite books. Even though I am disappointed with what happened in the end of Cassie’s story, I was excited to see it adapted into a film. After I saw the movie at the premiere, I was a bit disappointed because the plot of the book was altered for the movie, and I didn’t feel like Cassie was portrayed well in the way I read her perspective in the novel.tumblr_inline_myqka37iqy1rom0ci.gif
  5. If I Stay was a blur of multiple scenes, which was different in the novel. Even though they were set up the same way, the book was much more clear on what was going on and what point we were at.

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TOP 5 BEST:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars may have been the best movie adaptation known to man. I want to say that John Green’s book was better than the movie, as any book should be, but the movie went above and beyond. The cast did incredible justice to Hazel’s life, and I just want to give a big HIGH FIVE to everyone who put the movie together. giphy.gif
  2. The Help was done beautifully. That’s all I have to say.
  3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is my guilty pleasure. Every time I am in a bad mood, I turn it on and watch both of the movies. Although the second film was not as good as the first, I truly enjoyed both of them.
  4. Twilight Series…… I have to say I saw the movies before I read the books, which may be why I think that the movies were done so well.e7c9f3d6bc88fcc2365cef4837276177.gif
  5. Catching Fire!!! Even though their were bad reviews on the last installment to the trilogy in the fourth movie, I believe that Suzanne Collin’s novel was done justice in the movies. The best film of them all in my opinion was the second, because the plot was captivating and followed closely to the novel’s plot. tumblr_m39qjapt9q1qaqu1ro1_250.gif

Let me know if I missed any great (or not so great) movie adaptations. I am looking for a few more to read and watch, if I haven’t already!

XOXO, N

 

 

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

ATorchAgainstTheNight_CV 4.14 Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

-Goodreads

Hey everyone!!

So I got the arc of A Torch Against the Night back in May at Bookcon, and didn’t have the chance to pick it up until a week ago. (I know, everyone thinks I’m crazy for not devouring it right away). Once I got into it, though, it was incredible!!!

There were a lot of things that baffled me when I was reading the book. Let me warn you that you are going to be mind blown (and a little sad but then again happy) about a MAJOR plot twist in one of the characters.

Aside from the characters, the plot was incredibly interesting as they were traveling on the road. We definitely get to see a new side to some of our old friends, so you can definitely look forward to that.

I will not spoil, but when you pick up this book and read it in one sitting on Tuesday, I warn you that there will be a few tears shed.

I was fortunate enough to receive the book early, so I thought that I would gift you all with this review two days before the release:).

Things I really enjoyed:

  1. Everything made a lot of sense when I was reading it because all of the details were laid out. Sabaa Tahir does a wonderful job with her descriptors, so I was grateful for that.
  2. The chemistry between all of the characters was magnificent. Every emotion that a character felt was displayed beautifully, so it was really refreshing and emotional to read. (I love a good laugh/cry in a book)
  3. The kids went on the road for some travel, which is always fun to read. The entire gang that finds themselves together is quite the bunch, so it was funny in a few instances but dramatic in most. (Not that that isn’t a good thing:))
  4. Getting to hear more from Elias was radical. I always loved his demeanor and character as I read the first novel, so reading more from his perspective was lovely.

The only thing I didn’t like was…

  1. Having Helene’s point of view in the book. I never really liked Helene because of the role she had in Elias’ life, so I am pretty biased, but I understood that her side of the story was integral in piecing together all of the parts.

If you have been waiting on your knees for this book to come out, I hope I brought you some sort of happiness during this review. I would recommend this to anyone who liked the first story, and maybe even to those who didn’t because the second book in this series may have topped the first in my book…

Happy Reading!

XO, N

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

22297294Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

-Goodreads

Hey everyone!

I finished Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes, and I can’t even put my thoughts into words. It was THAT good.

The main protagonist, Maguire, must come to terms with her loss from preceding years of her life, which sounds like the typical YA contemporary novel, but was very different. Stokes has Maguire overcome her fear of hurting the people she loves through out the the entire book.

Things that I liked about it:

This sounds silly, but sometimes I don’t pick up a book if the main character has a name that I don’t like. When I read the inside cover and saw that her name was Maguire, I was hooked. It’s a name that isn’t often used in the book community.

In addition to the names of many characters, I LOVED the way the book was written. In some chapters, she was working with her psychiatrist, and it melded really well into the book. I usually complain that a book is really choppy, but this one wasn’t because it was so clear and organized.

I also thought it was very realistic. Aside from the fact that Maguire had been in a ton of accidents and came out unscathed every time, Maguire deals with her emotions so naturally, and I thought that the slight touch on mental illness was done well.

Lastly, the significant other in Maguire’s life, Jordy, goes to the psychiatrist as well, and Maguire wonders why for a while, because he is such a normal guy (besides the fact that he is a tennis star!) I thought it was cool that Stokes decided to point out that not all people that go to a psychiatrist are mentally ruined. That message is really important, and I’m happy she brought it to the book.

The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that it ended!!!

If you want a sporty contemporary, grab this one ASAP… It is the best YA I have read in a while. 🙂

XO, N

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

IMG_1364Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric
Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

-Goodreads

27272506Hey everyone!

It’s been nine days since I last posted, I think?? I’m sorry about that. I’ve been so busy with the Bookstagram launch!!! (Check it out on instagram @onebooktwogirls …)

I still did read a lot, though! The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead was one of my conquests. I really enjoyed the book, even though there were some mixed reviews. I’ve never read any of Richelle’s work, so I guess I should try out her other work to see if that is why people were disappointed with this one.

Recently, I have been reading a lot of fantasy, and this book was a great choice out of my tbr pile to add to the list. The book spanned over about two years, plus or minus a few months, and I thought it was cool that so much time had passed since she left her home to find a new one.

I am just going to jump right into all of the things I liked about it!

I connected with the main character, Adelaide, a lot, which was awesome, and I felt like she was a really determined, wise, and convincing young woman. I appreciated that she stood up for herself from the beginning of her story on, and adored that she stayed true to herself until the end of the book. There were a few scenes where I was like, WHAT ARE YOU DOING???!!!!, but then I got over it and moved on to the next obstacle. (There were a lot of them!!!)

The Glittering Court reminded me so much of The Selection series, which was my favorite series through out middle school and the start to high school, so I was excited to feel the same way with Adelaide as I had with America back in the day…

Lastly, I was surprised that I didn’t see the plot twist coming, which was INCREDIBLE because I haven’t had that happen to me in a long time.

A few things bugged me, but didn’t stop me from giving this book a hug after I devoured it in two sittings.

The book had two big plot points, and I felt like it would have been better if it was split into two separate books. I understand that Richelle is planning on two more books, each with different perspectives than the first, but I still felt like there were TWO climax points. Just a thought…

Also, I didn’t go for the fact that Cedric called her Adelaide when he knew her real identity. I understand that they had to keep it quiet, but even after they were separate from the rest of the world, he called her Adelaide, which bothered me. Again, small details.

That’s a wrap!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend and read the days away…

Sincerely, N

The Boy Most Likey To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

theboymostlikelyto-308x465Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:

– find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– 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 falli
ng 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.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should
have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more. 

Goodreads

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope all of your summers are going well! Although they can get quite busy and hectic, the time flies, right?

I was super sick last week so I got to read a few books (the perks of illness!!!), and I picked this one off of my shelf because I am a HUGE Fitzpatrick fan. Her first book, My Life Next
Door
, was an absolute hit across the board, and I heard that this book is almost like a sequel to the first.

I want to say I loved The Boy Most Likely To as much as I did her first, but unfortunately, I don’t think I can:(.

When I heard that she wrote this one, I was super excited because the characters were so exciting and original in the first book and the way it was written felt effortless. Although The Boy Most Likely To was definitely a hit at the bookstores, I think it may only be because it follows the same family as My Life Next Door.

I will give Fitzpatrick credit in that it was clever that she chose two new characters to focus on that appeared in the first book and took it in an entirely new direction. The only complaint I have is that I think the only reason she wrote this one was to keep the story alive after it did so well. When I look back at reading about Tim and Alice in My Life Next
Door,
 there were no hints at a budding romance. It was sort of out of the blue.

Despite all of this, there were tons of things I liked about the book!

The humor picked up right where it left off with the Garrett family! I loved hearing from George and Patsy again.

Additionally, it was cool to see the dynamic of the two main characters, Sam and Jase, from My Life Next Door.

Also, the many obstacles alcoholics face were brought to the table in this book and I think this book sent a great message to YA readers about the dangers of alcoholism.

Now, there were a few things I didn’t like.

I felt like the characters weren’t really dynamic, which is kind of a let down in a book. I like to see the characters grow!

There was one point in the book where the main character, Alice, says out of the blue that she wants to go on a date with Tim. And I was sitting there thinking, well that came out of
nowhere. And then Tim acted like he saw it coming. The course of events seemed a little jumbled. We needed more time to see that happen.

Maybe I am just a little biased about this book because I was expecting too much, but I am definitely happy I read it.
That’s it! The book was lovely and I recommend it to any Fitzpatrick fans! A great contemporary, so pick it up and bring it to the beach with you.

XOXO, N

 

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Unknown-1 For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Goodreads

Hey everyone!

The first thing I want to say about this book is that the cover is gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful, am I right???

And the book doesn’t fall short from it.

The Problem with Forever follows two teens, Mallory, “Mouse”, and Rider. They grew up together in an abusive foster home and were separated after an accident when they were tweens. Now it’s four years later and Mallory has her first day at a new school. It’s speech class and guess who walks in after four years of silence. The Rider Stark.

This book is beyond beautiful. It brings light to child abuse and the endless aftermaths. I praise this book for the ease it was to read and the depth of the plot and characters.

I also loved seeing the characters grow and come to terms with what they faced as children, along with their current dilemmas.

Mallory was lucky enough to have a second chance at life with her new family, but continues to empathize for Rider throughout his challenges. I found this to be quite refreshing.

Rider picks up where he left off by protecting Mallory despite his current obligations. He is a friend to many, but struggles with his own responsibilities. It was cool to see him balance the weight of his own challenges and try to help his friends and family with their own.

I could keep going with my happiness, but I think you all get the point…

This is where I would put my negatives, but for the first time in forever, I don’t have any!

If you are looking for a contemporary to pick up at the library/bookstore, go for this one ladies and gents!

5 stars, two high fives, and a big thumbs up to Armentrout.

Until next time, N

Front Lines by Michael Grant

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1942. World War II. The most terrible war in human history. Millions are dead; millions more are still to die. The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America.

The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled—the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

But something has changed. A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service. So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too.

As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering. Not one expects to see actual combat. Not one expects to be on the front lines.

Rio, Frangie, and Rainy will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. They will fear and they will rage; they will suffer and they will inflict suffering; they will hate and they will love. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

Goodreads

Hey everyone!

It has been a while since I have posted. Things are crazy for me during the summer, so I have a hard time finding the right day to post. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading though:)!!!

I picked up Front Lines by Michael Grant at Bookcon this May, but I never got to read it until a week or so ago. If you don’t know anything about it, I will give you some background before I get into the YES and NO parts of the book…

The easiest way to explain this book is to tell you the question it answers and it is as follows:

***What would have happened if women were drafted into WWII?***

I love books that give insight to hidden topics. (AKA my love for Ruta Sepetys!!!) This book may have given me the most satisfaction while reading that I have ever had. (And as many of you know, that says A LOT.)

Front Lines follows three strong, determined, and unique young women who enlist into the war to better the front lines that our country had. The beauty of the novel is the narrow scope it had on WWII, but also the broad look it had because of the diverse and cultured woman it follows. Grant impresses the audience through Rio, Frangie, and Rainy with a sincere lens on the struggles women face being discriminated during the second war.

On to what I liked about the book:

Can I say everything?

The plot was very intriguing. Many readers see such a large book and instantly turn their eyes to an “easier” read, but the effortless prose Grant brings the reader instantly rakes away the length. Suddenly, I wanted MORE!

I also was very impressed with the subtlety of romance in the novel. With YA, there seems to always be such a large focus on romance, and in this novel, it is a foundation for the rest of the story, which I really enjoyed. It didn’t feel like I was drowning in it, but I liked the presence of it.

Also, I usually HATE when there are a bunch of perspectives and lean toward a specific protagonist through out the course of a novel, but I actually really enjoyed each character for different reasons.

Now, as many of you know, there is always something that I don’t like.

I didn’t really appreciate the way things were very open ended at the finish line of the novel. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I had a few questions about certain things that played out in the end.

That’s my only complaint. I will be headed to the bookstore soon to pick up another book from Grant, as I was thoroughly impressed.

Thanks again for waiting readers.

XOXO, N