Book Review- By Your Side by Kasie West

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By Your Side by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on January 31st, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 346
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When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Initial Thoughts

After loving P.S. I Like You and hating The Fill-In Boyfriend, I wasn’t sure how to feel going into this book. Would it be adorable and cute or frustrating and cringey?

It turned out to be a bit of both.

What I Liked

Dax. Dax was honestly a pretty compelling character, and turned out to be my favorite character in the story. He was independent and closed off, yet he had this soft gooey center that made me want to love him. At first I was a little confused by his motivations, but as the story went on and I began to understand him better, he really grew on me. Also, he ACTUALLY READ in the library (unlike the other characters, which kind of made the whole plot questionable… but I’ll talk more about that later).

The relationship between Dax and Autumn was pretty cute. It definitely followed the hurt-closed-off-guy-opens-up-to-spoilt-rich-girl-who-secretly-has-problems trope, but it was done pretty well. I really liked how organic the relationship seemed (even if the part where them getting stuck in the library was… um… unlikely?)

I also liked the pacing of the book. It wasn’t too slow, but it wasn’t super fast either. And the plot was not too complex, but had a lot of complexity to it.

What I Didn’t Like

Jeff. He was the boy that Autumn was pining over, and honestly he didn’t do much except annoy me. Even though he was made out to be a fun, likeable, and go-lucky kind of guy, I couldn’t bring myself to care about him in the slightest. He felt too much like a cut-out, and it definitely didn’t help that his “best friend” was literally an exact copy of him (except of course the best friend didn’t like Autumn at all).

I honestly didn’t really like any of the characters except Dax. All of Autumn’s friends were boring, and I couldn’t even differentiate between them. And, at some point, there was a little bit of drama when one of the friends told Autumn that another one liked Jeff… and then it was never mentioned again. Like what was the point of that?!?

I also really didn’t like the parents in this book. They were all frustrating and pointless. Even Dax’s mom, who was built up so much, was a complete letdown. Then there were some loose ends left with her. DID THEY MAKE UP? DID DAX TELL HER OFF? The world may never know.

Also can we take a minute and talk about the library? What the hell?!? First of all, the whole Autumn being left behind thing was stupid and improbable. I just can’t see that happening in real life. Secondly, the very first thing I would think of in that situation would be pulling the fire alarm. It was SO FRUSTRATING waiting for Autumn to come up with that on her own. It kind of ruined the whole first part of the book for me.

And then, Dax was honestly kind of annoying about the fire alarm. Like just let the girl get out and hide if you don’t want to be seen. It’s not like they are going to search the library once they realize that she pulled the alarm because she was stuck in there.
And then the whole plot when she finally got out of the library. I mean, I guess I could see how that would happen, but it was all just a little much to believe.

And then Jeff’s mom. Oh MY GOSH she was the worst. I actually kind of wanted to strangle her. I get that she was just clinging onto any hope (given her situation that I won’t tell you more about becuase #nospoilers), but it was so unrealistic and annoying.

Let’s also take a minute to talk about Autumn’s anxiety disorder. She kept it a secret from her friends because she didn’t want them to look at her differently. UMMMMM. Honey. If you are scared to tell your “best” friend(s) something like that then are you sure that they are really your friends? I get that talking about stuff like that can be scary sometimes, but that’s something that people talk about with their friends. You should see how much I talk to my friends about stuff like that. It’s called building a support system.

And I guess it wasn’t even that I had the hardest time believing that she would keep it from her friends (although it was pretty stupid).What really annoyed me about Autumn’s Anxiety™ was how much she whined about it. Literally half the book was her complaining about her anxiety and then refusing to do anything about it.

“Oh my gosh my anxiety is so bad and it holds me back from life but I don’t want help I just want to suffer in silence please and make my friends think I’m a terrible flake instead of facing my problems. But you know I’m gonna whine about it 24/7 and wonder why this is happening to ME. I’m also going to ignore my parents and brother trying to help me because they JUST DON’T understand my mind.”

– My impression of Autumn for 90% of the book

Overall

As you can probably tell by the amount of good vs. bad things I had to say about By Your Side, this wasn’t my favorite book. It wasn’t the worst thing that I’ve ever read, but I don’t think I’m going to be picking up anything by Kasie West for quite a while.

I am going to give By Your Side two out of five hearts.

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Talk to me! Have you ever read By Your Side? What did you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with what I had to say? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Weekly Update: I got the flu and almost died… and those two things are only mostly related

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Hey guys!

So as you can probably tell from the title of this post, my week has been one of cough syrup and trying not to die. But before I get into that, let me tell you about all the reading I’ve managed to do!

Books I’ve read in the last week!

Seeing as I was sick, I spent a lot of time in Heath Services (the nurses office) instead of going to classes. Which meant a lot of time to read. So between sleeping and trying not to feel like I was burning alive, I read. A lot.

By Your Side by Kasie West: This was the only book I read this week that wasn’t a re-read. I honestly didn’t like it that much (I rated it 3 stars on Goodreads), and hopefully I’ll be able to sit down and write a review of it soon!

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: I loved this book just as much as I did the first time! I love Keplinger’s writing! (review here)Ruby Red (trilogy) by Kerstin Gier: I remembered loving these books, but reading them again made me love them so much more! This series is really a masterpiece! If you are looking for something to read, please please please consider these books!! (reviews: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green) Currently Reading!

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas: I am slowly making my way through this beast of a book, and (like my other re-reads) loving it!! I can’t wait to finish this one and finally write a review for it! Then finally read Tower of Dawn!!

Run by Kody Keplinger: I’m only a few pages into this one, and I think I may just start it from the beginning. I haven’t really had time to get into this one, but I’m hoping that I love it just as much as Keplinger’s other books!

How I almost died:

Alrighty. So here’s how it happened:

I started feeling sick on Wednesday. As in chills, nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness… the works. I went to the nurse at the end of the day and she told me to lie down and take it easy. But Wednesday is game day and I wanted to at least go to the wrestling match and support my team. So she let me go on the condition that I didn’t wrestle.

When I got back, I was feeling pretty rough. I did my homework and went to bed and I had to take like 30 cough drops to make my throat feel okay enough to let me fall asleep.The fire alarm went off at 12:30 in the morning.And guess who didn’t wake up?

Me.

I slept through 10 minutes of the fire alarm.

Then woke up to my phone ringing ON VIBRATE. Because apparently my brain thinks my vibrating phone is more important than the fire alarm.

Turns out, it was one of the dorm parents calling me to see where I was, and the conversation went something like this:

Dorm Parent: Emma, you need to get out of the dorm.

Me (still super groggy and hasn’t realized that alarm is going off): Why?

DP: The fire alarm is going off.

Me (still not registering that the beeping is, in fact, the fire alarm): No it’s not.

DP: Emma! Get out of the building!

Me (finally hearing the alarm): Ahh! Coming!

So I slid out of bed and pulled on my boots and wrapped myself in a blanket. Then, right as I was opening my door, a security officer was coming in to get me. He kind of looked at me like “how do you not wake up to a blaring alarm?” (good question dude) and then I walked downstairs. There were firemen on the first floor and it smelled like smoke. One of the firemen looked at me and went:

What are you doing?

And then I just kind of went:

I didn’t wake up.

And hurried out of the dorm feeling stupid and sick and tired and trying not to cry. So basically, if there had been a real fire instead of one of the washing machines starting to smoke (actually it might have caught fire… I’m not super clear on what actually happened), I probably would be dead. In my defense though, the fire alarm in the dorm sounds like a super loud microwave beeping and not like an actual fire alarm. So it’s not my fault that my sick brain didn’t think it was worth waking up for. Right? What else has been going on with me?

Besides missing two days of school and pretty much sleeping all weekend, I haven’t been up to much.

But I do have one bit of good news….

I GOT INTO MY FIRST COLLEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly the weight off my shoulders with that one letter was something that I don’t even know how to begin to describe. I was just such an amazing feeling.

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What have you been reading? Have you ever almost-died? Are you too a victim of flu season? Do you have any good news to share? Let me know in the comments below!!

Thanks for reading!

Book Scenarios Tag!

Hey guys!

Lindsay @ Singer of Stories did this tag, and seeing as I apparently like to torture myself via impossible decisions, I have decided to do it too! So without further ado, let the hard choices begin!

Scenario Time:

1. You have to get rid of all of your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres: contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction, and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep?

Ha. Haha. Hahaha. My brain is melting. Already.

Contemporary:The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Fantasy:Throne of Glass (series please? Is there a version all wrapped into one huge volume?) by Sarah J. Maas

Non-Fiction: Okay, so I actually don’t read/like a lot of non-fiction so this wouldn’t be the hardest loss. (And on that note, if you have any good non-fic recs for me, I am obviously in desperate need) One other genre:But there are so many more books I want to saveeeee. Moooommmmmm!!!!!!Maybe Ruby Red or Stalking Jack the Ripper ???? I can’t choose!

2. You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett or Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. Both were quick books that drew me in from the beginning and had me captivated until the last word!

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood?

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. This book is so magical and swoon worthy and never fails to make me feel good!

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?

But I’m still 18 so that counts as a teenager, right? Okay, if I could go back to being 14, you would probably find me reading the Gallagher Girls books by Ally Carter. I loved those books so much!

5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?

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I’d bring Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, just because I’m in the middle of it right now.

But honestly, if I were surprised by a 4 day trip, I don’t think me and my friends would be doing that much reading…

6. Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?

Uhhhhh….

I don’t really have a good answer for this one, because I don’t really collect any books. I have some ARCs, but if they got stolen I’d be fine with replacing them with finished copies.

7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs.

OMG they would never hear the end of it. All of my friends (and family) know how careful I am with my books, and literally before I lend any books out I make sure the person knows exactly how I want my book back. If that didn’t happen and it came back in terrible condition, they would definitely be replacing it.


Aaaaaand scene.

Whelp that was tough. Think you want to answer these? Well then, consider yourself tagged!

Thanks for reading!

Weekly (?) Update: Two weeks into January and I’ve already died of embarrassment. But I have been reading some good books.

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Hey guys!

Is it just me or is December January moving too fast? (omg I actually had a brain fart and thought it was December for a minute…???) Where is the time going? I don’t know!?!?

Anyway, between school work and wrestling I’ve found some time to do some reading! Yay!

I’m currently on page 390/689 of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Mass (which was one of the books on by TBR, and a re-read), and I have less than an hour left on the audiobook of A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (it’s also a re-read/listen for me… and you can see my original review here).

Both of these were 5 star reads for me the first time around, and so far those ratings haven’t changed! These are two of my favorite books!

As for my life, classes are going pretty well. I also got inducted into the Cum Laude Society (!!!!) which was cool but I also managed to look ridiculous because I had no idea how dressed up the other inductees were going to be:

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So basically I was rocking jeans, Uggs, and a sweater. So classy. (But really I felt so awkward and out-of-place the whole time.. please someone go back and save me) 

I mean seriously though, I had classes with two of the girls before the ceremony and they were wearing normal clothes and I thought that they weren’t going to get dressed up and then they did a sneak-attack change and left me ALL ALONE.  *dies of mortification*

Also, for those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you might have noticed that I dyed my hair blonde!! That happened on Christmas day in my brother’s bathroom, and yes, I dyed his hair too! It was so much fun and I love how it turned out (thank you 3 hours of YouTube!)

Anyway, I still haven’t gotten into college, I’m covered in bruises from wrestling (although I feel so amazing and empowered and show them off to anyone and everyone), and I have actually been getting enough(ish) sleep for once in my life. And that’s how the New Year has been going so far.

Talk to me!

First, I’d really appreciate some feedback on the whole weekly update thing. Do we like this? Not like this? Should I make these a regular thing? What else would you want to see in them?

Secondly, HOW HAS YOUR NEW YEAR BEEN?!? What books are you reading? What new releases are you excited for? Has anything fun/interesting/exciting/terrible/mortifying/etc. happened to you lately?

Also, I haven’t had a lot of time to keep up with reading blogs lately, so feel free to leave a link to your latest blog post down below so I can check it out!

Thanks for reading!!

My January TBR!

Hey guys! So I’m still over here trying to process how it is 2018?!?!? It doesn’t feel real yet.

Anyway, it’s been a week, and the only thing I have read so far is the prologue of Empire of Storms. So, I decided to make a TBR for January that will hopefully motivate me to want to read more!

My TBR is going to be pretty short, mostly because school is starting up again and I sadly won’t have that much time to actually sit down and read. So here we go (titles will be links to Goodreads)!

January TBR:

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas28260587

This book is a re-read for me. I re-read books 1-4 in December, and this is the last one before finally getting to Tower of Dawn (which I haven’t read yet at all!). I know I am going to love this one, and this time when I finish it I’ll actually write a review! Hehe.

2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas31450852

I’ve heard this book surpassed a lot of people’s expectations, so I’m pretty excited to start it! Hopefully I’ll love it as much as I love the other Throne of Glass books!

3. Run by Kody Keplinger23613983

I actually started this book already, but I’m only about 15 pages in, so I’m not really sure what to think of it yet. I loved both The D.U.F.F. and A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Keplinger, so I’m hoping to love this one too!

4. Frostblood by Elly Blake27827203

I don’t know if I am going to have time to get to this one, but I hope I do. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a long while now, and I’ve heard it’s really good from a lot of people, so I’m pretty excited for it!

 

 

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What is on your January TBR? Have you read any of the books I plan on reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Why The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West made me want to scream- Book Review

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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 346
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When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Initial Thoughts

After reading (and really liking) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, a lot of people recommended The Fill-In Boyfriend, claiming it was West’s best book. I went into this book expecting a fun, light, fuzzy read that would leave me feeling good.

In reality, there was a lot about this book that really annoyed me. I ended up really not enjoying it at all.

What I Liked

The synopsis. It was really interesting, and I have never read or heard about a book that is very similar.

The plot. Again, it was very original, and if I ignore all of the stuff that really annoyed me, this book was actually pretty great. I loved the plot and how the book ended.

The romance. It was cute. What can I say, I’m a sucker for cute romance.

What I Didn’t Like

JULES. AND THE REST OF GIA’S FRIENDS. I cannot tell you how middle-school-drama their whole relationship felt. It was quite frankly just ridiculous. It was so forced, and it was literally “my friends brought in a new girl to the friend group who thinks I’m the leader and now hates me for some unknown reason and wants to turn my friends against me.” GAHHHHHHH. And going off of that…

How immature all of the characters were. I have this problem with a lot of YA contemporaries, but it was particularly bad in this one. The characters literally acted like they were 12 half of the time, and they were supposed to be seniors in high school.

How the parents were portrayed. Gia’s parents were very one-dimensional and frustrating. I understand what West was going for with their characters, but they didn’t come off as human at all. They were more like forced stereotypes. Also “fill-in Bradley’s” (not gonna spoil his name!) mom was the “artsy-mom” stereotype and that annoyed me to no end as well. Also fill-in Bradley’s dad? Did I miss something? Because I don’t think he is mentioned at all.

All of the side characters. All of the characters. They were so one-dimensional it actually hurt. And don’t even get me started on Gia. She made me want to scream half of the time.

Overall

I can’t say I hated this book, but it was pretty bad. But bad more in the “stop being so moronic and act your age” way rather than “this book is literal trash” way.

I’m going to give The Fill-In Boyfriend 2 out of 5 hearts.

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Have you read The Fill-In Boyfriend? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments!

I Had the Worst Travel Experience Ever and Now I Feel Like a Failure.

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Hey guys. So yesterday I flew from my grandparent’s house in Florida back up to my school in Massachusetts. I fly all the time. I’ve literally been taking solo trips four or five times a year for the last six years, and I’ve never had a problem.

But for some ungodly reason everything decided to go wrong for me yesterday.
To start off the day, my alarm didn’t go off. I usually always wake up before my alarm on travel days, so when I opened my eyes, I thought that was the case. Then I looked at my watch.

I woke up two hours after I was supposed to and that meant that I didn’t even have enough time to get to the airport before the gate for my flight closed.

I still rushed to change and throw the rest of my stuff into my already overstuffed backpack, then I ran and woke my brother up because he was driving me to the airport.
About 10 minutes into the drive, I realized that I forgot my water bottle and hair ties at my grandparent’s house. I wasn’t too upset about that, but as someone who is usually very organized, it made me feel like crap. And that feeling was only made worse when my grandma called to say goodbye. I told her that I overslept and she just said “Well that’s what you get for sleeping in.”

Do you think I wanted to sleep in?!?!?! Um hello I feel awful already!?!?!
Anyway, so I finally get to the airport and it is packed . I waited in line for an hour to see what I should do, and when I finally get up, the lady puts me on standby for a flight yesterday afternoon and guarantees me a spot on the flight out the next morning.
So I go through security and sit at the gate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when they said they would be able to tell me if I can go on the standby flight.

Then they tell me that I won’t know if I can go on the standby flight until after boarding is over . And, to make everything even better, the flight was delayed from 4 to 6 .

So I sat on down and waiting until boarding, and finally they called up the last boarding group, then they closed the gate.

Naturally I started stressing out, because they didn’t call anybody on standby. So I had just sat in the airport all day for no reason.

But then they did start calling standby. Because apparently they do that after they close the gate. So thanks so much to the airport staff for telling me that before hand, one of the 5 times I went up to the gate to ask about how standby works.

Luckily I get on the plane, and I had an emergency row seat so I had a big more leg room which was nice. I listened to a comedy podcast for the 3 hour flight, and I thought my bad luck was over.

I get off the plane and meet up with my car service that was taking me back to school. The lady was really nice and we chatted the whole ride back and I stopped to get some dinner.

When I got back to my dorm I said hi to my friends and took a shower then went to lie down and listen to some music before bed. But my earphones were missing. And I was trying to remember where I put them. Then I remembered that I put them in my wallet.

So yeah. I lost my wallet.

I knew I had to have forgotten it in the car (cause, you know, I bought food on the drive back), and I went to call the car driver, but she had already called me. She found my wallet, and she is going to try to get it back to me today.

Only today there is 8 inches of snow on the ground. So no school, but also no wallet. And my stress/anxiety levels are through the roof. And I feel like such an idiot for forgetting my wallet.

So yeah. Yesterday was really sucky and I cried a lot. I cried all morning in the airport because I felt like such a failure for missing my flight. Then I cried for a while when I realized I lost my wallet.

Hopefully I’ll get my wallet back today and I can put yesterday behind me for good.

Have any of you ever had a bad travel day? Or just some day that seems to go wrong at every turn? Because right now I feel like this is a sign about how the rest of the year is gonna go, and I really need someone to tell me that it’s gonna get better.

*UPDATE*

Thank you guys so much for all the nice comments! It has really made me feel so much better.

Also I got my wallet back!!! The woman who drove me to school from the airport braved the bad weather today to bring it back to me. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to her! She really is an amazing woman!

New Years Book Tag

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Hey guys! IT’S 2018!!!!! AHHHHH

With the new year comes new book goals, and I’m going to share mine with you today! I got the idea for this post over at Kyera’s Library!

How many books are you planning to read in 2018?

My official Goodreads goal is 75! I read 83 books last year, so really I hope to pass that, but with school and how busy I’ve been lately, I think 75 books is a good goal.

What are 5 books you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2018?

  1. Warcross by Marie Lu
  2. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  3. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Expelled by James Patterson
  5. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

What genre do you want to read more of?

Retellings. I read a few great ones this year, like The Forbidden Wish, and I really want to read some more!

Name 3 non-book related goals for 2018.

  1. Finish off strong in my senior year and get into college.
  2. Do a summer internship or get a summer job.
  3. Make a bucket list.

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

Frostblood by Elly Blake.

I know this only came out a year ago, but it has been sitting on my shelf forever and I just haven’t been able to get to it yet!

One word that you are hoping 2018 will be.

Exciting!

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do it!!

Thanks for reading!

Book Review-Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

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Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
Published by Sky Pony Press on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
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His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Tone Deaf was a good story. It had all the right elements to it: a gorgeous, troubled love interest (who just happens to be a rock star), a MC who is just the right amount of tough and in danger, and a chance meeting that brings them together.

Plot

The plot of the story was compelling, and I couldn’t put this book down. The story takes place over a relatively short period of time, but it was more than enough to get to know the characters, and it flowed very smoothly; nothing seemed forced or too unrealistic (if you don’t count Ali winning the exclusive backstage tour that kicked everything off).

Characters

Unsurprisingly, Jace and Ali were the most dimensional characters in the story. Both of them had heart-wrenching stories, and honestly it was those stories that drove the book forward. I really liked both of their characters.

Arrow, Killer, and Jon were the three other boys in Jace’s band, Tone Deaf. They were all supposed to be older than Jace (who was 19), but they seemed very juvenile and more like cookie-cutter fill-in characters. That being said, they were entertaining and I liked them… I just wish they acted more like the age they were supposed to be. Jon was the most realistic of the three, and he had the least time in the book.

Ali’s dad, who is the main protagonist in the book, was easy to hate. He really is just a terrible person. However, he also was a very one-dimensional character. Although Ali talks about his other moods, they are never shown in the book. But that’s to be expected when he is only in a few scenes of the book.

Ali’s best friend/neighbor along with Jace’s manager and pretty much all of the other characters aren’t that complex. Not that I minded, as this story really was about Ali and Jace.

Things I Liked

I liked the relationship between Ali and Jace. It is fragile and sensitive and beautiful.
I liked the tone and pace of the story. It was easy to follow, not too slow, and not too fast.
I liked the friendship between the members of Tone Deaf, and Ali’s friendship with her best friend.
I liked how realistic all of the emotions felt, and how they were dealt with.
I liked Cuddles!! (You’re just going to have to read the book to find out who that is!)

Things I Didn’t Like

I didn’t like how young and immature the characters could be at times.

Yeah that’s really all I didn’t like.

Overall

Overall I really liked this book. It was a quick read with a whole lot of emotion that left me feeling good at the end and wanting more.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary romance, or anyone looking for a good book to help break them in to the genre.
I am going to give Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers 4 out of 5 hearts.

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My Year in Books – 2017

Hey guys! I got the idea for this post over at Kyera’s Library and it looked so fun that I just had to do it! Be sure to go check Kyera out as well!!

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Totals:

I read 29,841 pages over 83 books!


Longest Book:

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Winter by Marissa Meyer @ 827 pages


Shortest Book:

8217236

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson @ 16 pages


Most Popular Book:

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Read by 665,791 other people


Least Popular Book:

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Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard: Read by 200 other people

Guys! This book is so good! How have more people not read it!?!?!? I literally just re-read it because it is so good.


My Average Rating:

3.53 out of 5

I had the most 4 star reviews, but otherwise my ratings were pretty well spread out.


Highest Rated on Goodreads:

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas with an average of 4.60/5


First Review of the Year:

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


Books I’ve Read This Year:

I’m definitely missing some in there… but that’s most of them.


What books have you read this year? Have we read any of the same ones? What were your favorites and least favorites? Let me know in the comments below!