Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review: But Then I Came Back (ARC)

But Then I Came BackTITLE: But Then I Came Back
AUTHOR: Estelle Laure
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books For Young Readers
PAGES: 320
SOURCE: Amazon Vine/Publisher

SUMMARY (FROM BACK COVER): From the author of This Raging Light comes the story of Eden Jones, a seventeen-year-old girl who feels lost after surviving a near-fatal accident. Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. Eden is the only person who can get through to Jasmine, but is Eden brave enough to face a world that's bigger and more magical than she ever would have allowed?

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This book was way more contemporary than I was expecting. I thought it was going to have more supernatural elements. The premise of this book actually reminded me a lot of the Freeform TV show Beyond, but they are nothing alike at all. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it had been marketed as a contemporary love story than as a story revolving around bringing a girl back from a coma, as we rarely saw anything from that aspect of the story.

CHARACTERS: I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the characters. They all seemed great and it seemed like they had wonderful relationships with each other, but I feel like I didn't get to observe it enough.

The cover is very pretty and is what initially drew me into finding out more about this book.

**I received an ARC of this book from Amazon Vine for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Wrap Up/Haul: July 2017

Physical Books Read:
Crazy HouseThe UnlikeliesA Line in the DarkGhachar GhocharThe Special OnesJuniper Lemon's Happiness Index

Audio Books Read:
Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

July Book Haul

July Owl Crate - Wanderlust

July J.K. Rowling's Wizarding Box

ARCs Received:
Sometimes I LieI'm Fine...and Other LiesIndecentUnqualifiedEverything Here is BeautifulBonfireThe VisitorsFriend RequestThe Little Exile

Friday, July 21, 2017

Booktubeathon 2017

I'm participating in the Booktubeathon this time around! The last day of my summer semester is on the 25th and then I have 2 weeks off, so I figured this was a perfect time for me to catch up on tons of reading! Check out the Youtube video below for more information!

I'm planning on participating in as many of the reading challenges as I can so here they are with the books I plan on reading to complete each one.

Reading Challenges:
1. Read a Book with a Person on the Cover
The Girl in Between
2. Read a Hyped Book
Eleanor & Park
3. Finish a Book in One Day
Ghachar Ghochar
4. Read About a Character That is Very Different From You
The Special Ones
5. Read A Book Completely Outdoors
The Map of Good Memories
6. Read A Book You Got Because of the Cover
A Line in the Dark
7. Read 7 Books
Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir

Let me know if you're planning on participating and what books you plan on reading!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Wrap Up/Haul: June 2017

Physical Books Read:
I Believe in a Thing Called LoveA Map for Wrecked Girls

Audio Books Read:
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

June (and part of May) Book Haul:

June Owl Crate - Make It Out Alive


Giveaway Winnings:

For Review/From Publishers:

ARCs From Work:

Reviews Written:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: 10 Things I Can See From Here (ARC)

10 Things I Can See from HereTITLE: 10 Things I Can See From Here
AUTHOR: Carrie Mac
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
PAGES: 320
SOURCE: Amazon Vine/Publisher
MY RATING: 🦄🦄🦄 + 1/2

SUMMARY (FROM GOODREADS): Think positive. Don't worry; be happy. Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She's been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it's not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom--the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through--is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn't seem to worry about anything. Between her dad's wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I personally deal with anxiety, so I was interested to see how they would approach that aspect of the book. The book itself is pretty morbid. My anxiety is different than Maeve's so it wasn't too difficult for me to read this book. But I feel like someone with severe anxiety would be triggered into a panic attack by reading this with as many terrible facts and situations that Maeve is constantly listing. It was really exhausting for me trying to keep up with everything that went through her head. But after all of that, I really enjoyed the ending and especially the last scene.

COVER:  I love simple covers with pretty typography, so I love this cover.