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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Book Review- The Wood

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Expected publication by Feiwel & Friends on August 1, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 320
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After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

I didn’t really know a lot about The Wood before reading it, and while it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I really enjoyed it.

Winter’s dad is gone, and she is now tasked as the Guardian of her section of The Wood. The Wood is a place with portals to lots of different times and places, and sometimes people stumble through these passages. When that happens, Winter needs to find them and make sure they return from where they came from.

I loved Winter. She is strong and smart and definitely knows how to hold her own. She does what she thinks is right, even if it means breaking the rules.

The other characters were great, too. Henry was adorable and determined. Winter’s Mother was fighting her own inner battle while watching her daughter enter the place that took her husband away from her. Uncle Joe was…. well… no spoilers, right?! All of the characters were dimensional and interesting, and each one added something important to the book.

The plot of this book was enticing, and it drew me in immediately. There was deception and mystery. There were relationships formed and relationships broken.

Although the story wasn’t quite as dark and eerie as expected, it definitely did have some spooky elements in it. The wood is creepy and crawly, and I would not want to be caught in there after dark. I also loved the magical elements in the book, and the idea of the Wood connecting all the different places and times.

I felt like this book could have used an epilogue, or another chapter to kind of close everything out. After reading the last line, I felt myself asking “Was that really it?” and turning the page back and forth a few times just to be sure. That being said, the ending I got was still a great one.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a not-to-spooky book with magic, time travel, and mystery. Wow, that was weirdly specific. Okay, let me try this again: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves slightly-spooky YA, mystery, and/or finding new and exciting worlds to explore.

I am going to give The Wood four out of five hearts!

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* An ARC of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Book Review- The Love Interest

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Expected publication Feiwel & Friends on May 16, 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Glbt
Pages: 384
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There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be: whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

I was seriously disappointed by this book for a lot of reasons. It promised to be so good. Like SOOOO GOOD. Come on, two hot spies fighting for their lives and the love of a girl, all while secretly falling in love with each other!!?? There is some serious potential there. However, as I said, I was MAJORLY disappointed.

Firstly, what threw me off was the narration, and Caden’s style of speaking. It’s pretty obvious that the person writing the book SET IN AMERICA is NOT FROM AMERICA. And, as an American, the words like “bloody” (and a bunch more that are escaping my memory) stuck out like a sore thumb.

Secondly, the plot was just too unbelievable for me to buy into. I’m the kind of person that is willing to believe anything that a book puts before me, but something about this plot and the LIC was just too fake feeling. It felt like someone took a half developed idea and stuck some clichés in there and hoped for the best.

Thirdly (I’m almost done, I promise), the characters were so darn ONE DIMENTIONAL that it hurt. It physically hurt me. There was barely any depth to the main characters, and there was no hope for anyone else. It was like combing through the book of stereotypes, picking a few, and throwing them in to fill empty spots in the already-falling-apart-plot.

So yeah, this was not my favorite read. And the worst part is that the potential is there. This book could be so amazing, and the fact that it’s not just really makes me want to throw the book at a wall and then pick it up and find that the story magically developed into everything that I dreamed that it would be.

I am going to give The Love Interest one out of five hearts.

*I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publishers. This in no way affects by views of the book.