From least favorite to my favorite read of the month
A raw look at grief and first love. I am not a fan of YA Contemporary but I absolutely loved this book. Adam Silvera’s writing style fits this story and the main character perfectly. His writing style is simple but pacts a real punch. Adam’s look at grief is realistic and messy and I completely related to the main character. I also loved the way he told Griffin’s story and perspective. He plays with flashbacks and the present and masterfully reveals parts of Griffin’s intricate story. Check out my BookTube-A-Thon wrap up for more details & thoughts.
I think that this is my worst read of the month because I had so high expectations for this book. My friends kept raving about this book on Goodreads and it has a high rating so I went into this book thinking this would be a new favorite but NO. This book was full of clichés and unrealistic drama & characters. (more details in my BookTube-A-Thon wrap up)
I’ll never get tired of Archer’s Voice. I originally read this one in 2015 and so I felt like it was high time I reread one of my favorite NA reads and I fell back in love with this book. This is by far one of the most original NA books out there. Archer is not your typical NA bad boy, on the contrary! He is shy, sheltered and not experienced. This guy is a breath of fresh air. Bree is also one of the few female main characters in NA that doesn’t annoy me! Bree moves to a small town to escape a dark time in her past that she keeps having nightmares about. In town she meets Archer, a guy that the whole town talks shit about. Archer doesn’t talk and Bree is immediately intrigued and tries to get to know him. While slowly drawing him out of his shell she unravels Archer’s dark past.
- Characters 5/5
- Story 5/5
- Steamy scenes 5/5
Books that were mentioned in my BookTube-A-Thon wrap up won’t be mentioned here.
Until It Fades was supposed to be a Cinderella story but sadly didn’t meet my expectations. I liked the characters and the single mother aspect but everything fell very flat for me. The cover is beautiful but the story is soooo disappointing. I expected a single & poor mother that saves a famous & rich hockey-icon for a car accident and they fall in love. In some ways I got that but the story focused way too much on the car accident and the media attention that it got. We spend 75% talking about this car accident with a little sexual tension and then BOOM suddenly they fell for each other and Brett (the hockey-icon) decides he loves her and he’s going to fight for her. It felt so rushed and I wished their romantic story would have started quicker. A lot of mixed feelings ,sadly.
Roar was an unoriginal YA Fantasy heavy in romance so if you don’t like that I wouldn’t recommend this. I sometimes need that sort of guilty pleasure plus I love Cora Cormack for her Rusk University series (NA) so I decided to pick it up. I flew through this book and enjoyed it. I have heard some echos that this book contains a problematic relationship, I personally didn’t get that but I am not the most critical reader out there so I might need to check those reviews out.
The writing style is easy and nothing special. The main characters is your typical Celeana Sardothien character and nothing really special. The crew was also undeveloped for my taste but by far its strongest asset was the world building and the magic system. These parts kept me reading the book till the end. I have never read a book where a crew hunts storms and steal their hearts. The world is unique, layered and by far the most interesting thing in this book.
Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda was a cute and quick read but again I didn’t click with it completely. I (mostly) don’t like following teenagers in a contemporary setting. It doesn’t keep my attention for long. I liked Simon and Blue and the ending was definitely the best part of the story because we finally see them together. When I read about a MxM relationship I love seeing them together. I find that the most interesting part of the story because I am curious and I want to know more. In History is All You Left Me, the build-up to their relationship is short and sweet but we get to follow the characters in a relationship for the rest of the book and that’s what I want.
The Score is my second favorite book in the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy (My favorite will always be The Deal). I don’t want to give too much away of the synopsis because I love going into NA with a vague idea of the plot.
If you like ….
- friends with benefits
- cocky & hilarious guy
- girl doesn’t want serious relationship
- undeniable chemistry
- steamy scenes
- slowly growing emotions
You will love The Score!
Wolf by Wolf is an unique twist on WWII, if Hitler had won and afterwards tested on Jews in concentration camps to get his aryan race (blue eyes & blond hair). This is such a twisted but intriguing take on WW II and I loved it! We follow Yael, a former prisoner and lab rat can skinshift. She escapes the concentration camp and joins the resistance. Her mission is to infiltrate a motorcycle race while posing for last year winner, Adele Wolf. She has only one goal: kill Hitler. This was so good and I highly recommend it.
This Savage Song started a little rough but ended up being amazing. In the beginning I got a little confused with the world and the monsters but that issue got easily resolved. The strongest part of this book was Auggie and Kate (the main chacaters). These two main characters are an amazing duo and made this average plot line interesting. The second half is so action packed, I can’t wait to read the sequel!
How To Make a Wish made me cry buckets and I am still not over it. Again, an amazing YA Contemporary. This month is full of surprises! We follow Grace who moves quite a lot around with her unreliable mother. Her mother doesn’t have a stable home for Grace so she moves to her new boyfriend whenever she wants. Grace’s mom infuriated me to no end and I really started disliking the book because of her but then I realized that Ashley Herring Blake is an amazing author if she can make me feel such strong emotions towards these characters. I also loved how Grace has a great FRIENDSHIP with a guy, so refreshing to see. Grace’s romance with Eva was everything I wanted and more. I loved the different topics the author tackles and the way she goes about it. Highly recommended and was almost my favorite read of the month.
The Song of David ripped my heart in two and glued them back together in only 260 pages. I seriously don’t know how Amy Harmon does it. Every time I read a new book by Amy Harmon it’s my new favorite book by her. I honestly can’t decide.
A few of my favorite quotes of this book
“The things that are meant to be are the things we can’t control, the things we don’t cause, the things that happen regardless of who or what we are. Like sunsets and snow-fall and natural disasters. I’ve never believed hardship or suffering was meant to be. I’ve never believed relationships were meant to be. We choose. In large part, we choose. We create, we make mistakes, we burn bridges, we build new ones.”
“The most intimate thing we can do is to allow the people we love most to see us at our worst. At our lowest. At our weakest. True intimacy happens when nothing is perfect.”
What makes this book so beautiful and a stand-out?
- A blind female character who pole dances
- A fighter (don’t remember the correct term)
- A boy with autism (which I could relate with because my brother also has autism (but not as bad as Henry)
- A supportive friend group
- A beautiful life lesson
- Beautiful writing style
(And hot & passionate scenes ;))