Year End Wrap-Up

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I was lucky enough to attend a lot of bookish events this year, start a bookstagram, and start a blog! It was a year of firsts, and I’m lucky to have so many followers who actually read what I blog about, even if half my stuff is me just freaking out about books I read. So, THANK YOU. <333 Here’s to another year!

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Review: Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

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Author(s): Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Publication Date: July 11, 2016
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 260 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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This is quite a turn of events. After sadly not feeling Strong Signal, I didn’t really have many expectations reading Fast Connection. BUT WOW. I fell in love with this book. I really love that these books work as a standalone, so that I didn’t feel like I missed too much from not reading all of the first book. Fast Connection centers on a new couple – Dominic “Nicky” Costigan, and Luke Rawlings.

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Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Author: Jennifer Niven
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Page Length: 378 pages
My Rating: 1 / 5 stars

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Okay, this is going to be my super unpopular opinion time. I know a lot of people loved this book and now I feel bad that I didn’t. It’s just accumulation of everything else that makes me not like this book. I had an inkling I should have DNF’d this book when I started rolling my eyes around the 15% mark, but I kept thinking this could get better. I was left disappointed. This book is about Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. They meet one day, really meet anyway, at the top of the school bell tower where both had thoughts about jumping, but they both manage to save the other that day. Violet is still trying to cope with her sister’s death nine months earlier, and Finch has thoughts of suicide with no one really to help him at all.

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Review: The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

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Author: Kerry Kletter
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Page Length: 352 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

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I started reading The First Time She Drowned without knowing hardly anything about this book, except that it was going to be a sad story. But, I guess a few trigger warnings might have been useful to know before starting this story? This was a very tough book to read and isn’t at all a happy YA contemporary and delves into some very dark topics. The story is told both in the present with the main character recalling events that have happened to her in the past. Cassie O’Malley has just spent two and a half years in a mental hospital after her family dropped her off there and has now turned 18, an age where she can sign her own release.

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ARC Review: The Bear and the Nightingale (The Bear and the Nightingale #1) by Katherine Arden

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Author: Katherine Arden
Publication Date: January 10, 2017 (US)
Format: ARC
Page Length: 336 pages (Hardcover)
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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The Bear and the Nightingale is a book that I have gradually come to love. This is a story that I would have to compare to…maybe something like how a painting is created. To anyone but the creator, the observer would see nothing but strokes on a canvas and not necessarily understand what will become of those strokes. You know that the finished product will show you the bigger picture, but until you get to that moment, it’s all just layers setting a foundation. And Katherine Arden is extremely masterful at creating this brilliant medieval Russian landscape and slowly introduces us to all the characters in her novel. The world-building is phenomenal and I got sucked into the storytelling from the very beginning of the book.

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ARC Review: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Author: Adam Silvera
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Length: 320 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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You were finally able to speak back to me, Theo, and I don’t like everything you had to say.

I loved reading History is All You Left Me. This is Adam Silvera’s sophomore novel and this book just absolutely blows me away. The story is told beginning from two sides – from the past and the present. The before and after. I knew I was in for a real heartbreaker of a novel when I started tearing up reading the first paragraph on the very first page of this book. This story is told from Griffin Jennings POV, a boy who fell in love with Theo McIntyre, and how he lost him.

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ARC Review: Whiteout (Seasons of Love #1) by Elyse Springer

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Author: Elyse Springer
Publication Date: January 23, 2017
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 276 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SUMMARY

Noah Landers wakes up one day with a headache and no memory of where—or who—he is. Jason, the man taking care of him, tries to fill in some of the blanks: they’re in a cabin in Colorado on vacation, and Noah slipped on ice and hit his head. But even with amnesia, Noah knows Jason is leaving out something important.

Jason O’Reilly is sexy as hell, treats Noah like he’s precious, and seems determined to make this the romantic getaway they’d apparently dreamed of together. But Noah’s more concerned that he’s trapped alone with Jason in the middle of a blizzard while his slowly-returning memories bring hints of secrets and betrayal.

Noah’s not sure what’s the truth and what’s a lie. But as he learns who he is—and who Jason is to him—he’s forced to reevaluate everything he believes about himself, about loyalty . . . and about love.

I love this book. Honestly, it is so easy to win me over with musical references in books, but especially Rent. Whiteout is part of a series of books called “Seasons of Love.” See? This book already drew me in with the series/universe name. Add in a compelling book summary, and I was so ready to read this book.

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