Why Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett should be on your must-read list! – Book Review

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Expected publication by Simon Pulse on April 3rd, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 432
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Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?


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Jenn Bennett has done it again. After reading Alex, Approximately and The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, I was super excited to get my hands on a copy of Starry Eyes, which the publishers were nice enough to send me. As soon as I got it, I sat down and read it in two days. Two days! 400 some-odd pages in two days. And I loved every second of it.

Why did I love this book so much? Because Jenn Bennett has a way of creating multi-dimensional characters that are so unique and believable, and immersing the reader into their lives from page 1. The plot also is so unique and gripping and entertaining. I kept telling myself, “one more chapter and then I really will get to my homework,” and then I read three more chapters because it was just too good to put down.

I loved Zorie and Lennon. I loved uncovering their past and discovering, along with them, what went wrong between them.

I loved how all of the side characters, no matter how small the role they played, they had a unique personality, and was clearly their own person.

I loved how wide of a cross section I was able to see of the characters lives. I had a full, unfiltered view into Zorie’s world, which made it so easy to love her and sympathize with her.

The story was fast paced and full of emotion. Although the book is long, it certainly doesn’t feel like it. It was a very quick read.

I would honestly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA, and to anyone who is looking to get into reading or get out of a book slump. Jenn Bennett has blown me away with her books this far, and if you haven’t read anything by her, I definitely would recommend picking one of her books up.

I am going to give Starry Eyes five out of five hearts!

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Have you read Starry Eyes or another book by Jenn Bennett? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

*An ARC of this book was sent to me by the publishers. Views and opinions of this book are all my own*
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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!

My Top 5 2017 Releases

Screenshot (40)Hey guys! Yet another year is coming to an end. Can you believe it? It feels like 2017 has flown by (not that I’m complaining). 2018 will hopefully be a great year, and I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

Anyway, with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite 2017 releases.

There were So Many Good Books this year, but I’m going to showcase my top five, and hopefully convince you guys to read some of these amazing books.

My Top 5 2017 Releases:

5. Little Monsters by Kara Tomas32320750

Most likely to: twist your mind into knots

Little Monsters was such a surprise. I’m not usually one for dark, twisty mysteries, but this one swept me away. I was guessing the whole time.

The character development and plot was amazing. It was so complex and intriguing!

Read my full review here.

4. The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski27258139

Most likely to: make you scared of the forest

The Wood was so dark and gorgeous. I fell in love with the characters so quickly.

This one also had some surprises, and the ending left me wanting more.

Chelsea: if you are reading this, will there be a follow up? Please?

Read my full review here.

3. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett30313265

Most likely to: make you swoon

I love a good mistaken-identity book, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint.

This book was swoony and adorable without being too fluffy. There were definitely grittier moments, which is perfect for people like me who normally don’t love contemporary YA romance books.

Read my full review here.

2. A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck30040068

Most likely to: Reck your heart (haha see what I did there?)

THE TEARS!!!! THE HEARTBREAK!!!!

This book completely blew me out of the water. Whatever I was expecting, it certainly wasn’t that.

But MY GOSH, what a book.

Read my full review here.

1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer30038855

Most likely to: take a second look at the bad boy

Yet another mistaken-identity book makes it onto my list. Why? BECUASE THEY ARE SO GOOD AND THIS ONE IS AMAZING AND OH MY GOSH AHHHHHHHHHHH

I need to stop. BUT I CAN’T AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Alright I’m really done this ti- AHHHHHHHHHHH

Read my full review here.

What were your favorite new releases in 2017? Have you read any of these?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Book Review- The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 3, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
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Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

I fell in love with Jenn Bennett’s writing when I read Alex, Approximately. I thought it was impossible to write a cuter and more heart warming contemporary romance, BUT I WAS WRONG.

This book was amazingly adorable and swoon worthy. I immediately fell in love with Bex. She is quirky and strong willed and all together amazing. She is determined to draw cadavers, and win a scholarship in an art contest at the end of the summer. And, when she goes to the hospital to try to get permission, she meets Jack.

I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW ADORABLE THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS. Like I can’t even put it into words. There is this push and pull between them that made me swoon SO MUCH and even thinking about it makes me want to go read this book again.

BUT GUYS, this book was not only a romance. There was so much more going on. I don’t want to give too much away, but lets just say both Bex and Jack had some stuff to face and figure out. Their families weren’t perfect. There were secrets to be kept.

I think what I loved most about this book was the fact that it was not drama driven. The plot was driven by circumstance, and there actually wasn’t a lot of drama at all! It was kind of amazing. I usually stay away from both contemporary and romance because drama-driven plots are not really for me… but this is A PERFECT EXAMPLE of an amazing contemporary romance that is filled with trial  and discovery and the building of a beautiful relationship.

I could spend all day telling you HOW MUCH I ADORE THIS BOOK, but instead, I’ll leave you with this: GET THIS BOOK!!!! Seriously, if you are looking for a feel-good, adorable, quirky, and all-together swoon-worthy YA contemporary romance–wow that was a mouth-full–look no further!

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart gets five out of five hearts from me!

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Summer Vacation Book Tag- Original!

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I’ve done it! I have made my first original book tag!

The theme of this tag is Summer Vacation because (duh) its summer. I tried to make the categories as summer themed as possible, and I hope you like them as much as I do!


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A New Book You Have Been Waiting To Read

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This book, guys. This book is SO GOOD! I luckily didn’t have to wait as long as some people to read this (because I received an ARC), but even waiting for the ARC to come in the mail felt too long! This book, which takes place in the summer, is so cute and romantic, and a summer read that you definitely do NOT want to miss!

And, guys, it’s out now. So what are you waiting for?

(Read my review here)

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A Book That Leaves You Wanting More

30038855Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I did not want this book to end. It was beautiful and heartbreaking, and as soon as it was over I just wanted to go back and read it over. Honestly everything about this book was so perfect. The only thing I would change about this book would be to add some kind of epilogue to find out what happened next. This is another summer-must-read!

(Read my review here)

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A Book Where The Romance Is *On Point*

jjjBeyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

Man oh man. This book was so adorable. This is yet another summer must-read that absolutely swept me off my feet. It was so romantic that it almost killed me. ALL THE FEELS WHERE THERE. ALL OF THEM. And seriously guys if you are looking for an amazing summer romance that supernatural elements, look no further. This is the best one. The end.

(Read my review here)

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A Book You Were Excited For But Didn’t Live Up To Your Expectations

18692431Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had SUCH HIGH HOPES for this book. Its synopsis is amazing. The movie trailer was beautiful (and Nick Robinson *sigh*). Everything was lining up to make this story perfect.

And then FLOP. I was SO SAD. I wanted this book to be amazing. It had all the promises to live up to my expectations. AND THEN IT DIDN’T. *sobs*

(Read my review here)

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A Fantastical Book That Transported You To Another World

21396155The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

THIS BOOK.

I was no longer in my living room. The end.

Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful and magical books out there. I was transported to a fantastical world complete with jinn and some super adorableness and lots of trouble. If you are looking for a vacation but don’t know where to go: GO TO THIS BOOK!!!

(Read my review here)

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A Dark Book That Was Light Up With Streaks Of Beauty

28962906Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book is just the perfect mix of darkness and beauty. The book, of course, has a very dark theme, and is riddled with graphic murders and a race to find the crazed killer. But the writing and characters and adorable flirtations just filled this book with streaks of beauty that were just too perfect.

(Read my review here)

 

visiting friendsA Book Or Series That You Can’t Get Enough Of

8835379Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

I have read this series time and time again, and whenever I am in a book slump, this is the series I read to get out of it!

These books are so heart pounding and exciting and swoon worthy and adorable. I love the characters so much, and every time I reread this series I fall in love with them all over again!

(Read my review for Ruby Red here, Sapphire Blue here, and Emerald Green here)

 


So there you have it! My summer vacation book tag. I am going to tag these bloggers:

• Emily @ Caper Reads

• Jordan @ The Heart Of A Book Blogger

• Emma @ The Book Crunch

• Stephanie @ Teacher Of YA

• Angel @ Avid Reader

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this tag, feel free, and leave your links down at the bottom so I can check them out!!