Book Reviews in 50 words or less!

Over my blogless year, I accumulated quite a lot of unfinished reviews and also some that were never started. They’ve just been sitting around in the drafts. But it is time to release them… in a shortened version because 1) I am my lazy self and 2) there’s too many. Onwards!

Geekerella | Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley PostonFandom! Teenage heartthrob actors! Blogging! Ok, that might’ve just described a trashy Wattpad story but somehow Geekerella weaves it all into a heartfelt plot and some pretty amazing characters. All the cliches are there in full force but they’re just so much better in this book.

Rating: 4/5 stars and big thumbs up! Side note: the cover is gorgeous, love the illustrations.

Wanderlost | Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen MaloneGave me some serious wanderlust feels. I considered hopping onto the next plane to Europe after reading this. A great book about breaking out of your comfort zone. Pretty standard YA contemporary otherwise, would recommend to people between books or looking for a light read.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Legend | Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu12 year old me would’ve loved this book. It has the dystopia, the romance, the rebels. But to 17 year old me, it seems like it borrows off The Hunger Games and Divergent. Well written and dual perspectives were well integrated but it just doesn’t feel fresh.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Bellamy and the Brute | Alicia Michaels

Bellamy and The Brute (Bellamy and the Brute, #1)The eerie tone over the whole book was amazing. It really made the mystery of the ghosts that much better. Interesting twist on Beauty and the Beast and honestly, one of the better fairytale adaptations.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Girl Against the Universe | Paula Stokes

Girl Against the UniverseI can do this review in 3 words: GO READ IT. So many feels in one book.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Under a Painted Sky | Stacey Lee

Under a Painted SkyThis is one of my all time favourite reads. There’s a great balance between friendship, romance and adventure. To top it all off the protagonist is Chinese and pretends to be a guy… just YES!!! Don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing like Mulan. Give it a read and you’ll see!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars. Two thumbs up and also a not so subtle nudge to make you read it 😀


6 reviews down! Woo hoo! Anyways, have you heard or read any of these? What do you think of them?

Till next time!

♥ Prima

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WWW Wednesdays: 22nd November 2017

WWW Wednesdays

First thing on the new and improved Panda Hearts Books: joining WWW Wednesdays! Hosted over at Taking on a World of Words, the meme consists of answering the following questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading…

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10 Second Reviews: The Movie Edition

I have a feeling that this will become a common feature on my blog just because I’m so lazy to write the reviews I SHOULD be writing… which I will be writing just not today XD I did watch a few movies this week so here we are:

Finding Dory – Ellen Degeneres

Tears, laughter and an epic echolocation scene. This movie played with my emotions but I loved it.

Me Before You- Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

Wasn’t as a good as the book, there I said it. It also wasn’t bad it’s just ok. The soundtrack is amazing though, give it a listen.

Independence Day: Resurgence – Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth 

So I’ll just put my tweet right here:

Got bored by the first hour, the plot was so weak and if you’ve seen the first one it’s basically the same… minus Will Smith.


So have you seen any of these movies? What new films did you like? Let me know! More book reviews are definitely coming up so come back soon 😀

♥ Prima

10 Second Reviews (because I’m lazy)

Hi, I’m not dead! Literally haven’t posted in over 2 weeks but I’ve got a couple of books to review. Since I’m in a very lazy mood I’m going to do 10 second reviews. You don’t want me rambling either so win win XD

The Way to Game the Walk of Fame | Jenn P. Ngyuen 

The Way to Game the Walk of ShameTaylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

Cute, fluffy fun. It’s your typical YA contemporary. Honestly, it’s pretty forgettable but it’s good if you’re looking for some filler stuff.

3.5

Wanderlost | Jen Malone

WanderlostNot all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

DAMN THAT’S HOW YOU CONTEMPORARY! It gave me serious Anna and the French Kiss vibes with the travelling. Loved the romance and loved Aubree’s growth so much. It was so perfect for Aubree’s adventure to end that way.

4.5

Tone Deaf | Olivia Rivers

Tone DeafHis 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.

Concept is a 10 but execution is more around the 4-5 range. It needed more depth, more development but it was a very short book. If there was an extra 100 pages maybe?

3

And if you were wondering what I was up to instead of actually posting:

Recap of my past 2 weeks

  • English essay crisis
  • Newfound obsession with Ariana Grande’s new album because her voice is amazing
  • Mental crisis over how much I sit in a day (it has to be over 22 hours at least)

So that’s all from me right now! I’m really stuck on what to read next. Anyone got any recommendations?

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotwood

The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

Goodreads

The short version:  Just like Ivy, this book needed something special about it to become extraordinary… unfortunately it did not.

I wish I felt that way about something. Consumed by it.

Forget all the special one tropes you’ve read in YA because Wild Swans gives you Ivy, a girl born into a family of extraordinary women with extraordinary talents. Her grandfather has high standards for her, building her up for greatness but she just hasn’t found her calling yet. It’s very relatable to me and I think it will be to a lot of teenagers, almost out of high school but not quite. We’re all expected to have our lives set out before we are even 20 but that’s a lot of pressure for a major life decision.

It took me a few false starts but once I got into Wild Swans I could not put it down. If you’re friends with me on Goodreads you can see that I spent a month reading this XD I really enjoyed reading the middle bit of the book, it became so addictive to read. But the ending…it was like a storm that kept building and building and then suddenly its all sunny skies. WHAT THE HELL? Book, you promised me one thing and that was a good ending but you didn’t give me that!

Although the concept was good I felt like the characters themselves were really frustrating. It wasn’t just the really pushy grandfather but it was more Ivy herself. She was just so placid and obedient that it drove me crazy. She doesn’t like to push the boundaries and as the protaganist that meant that the plot was lacking that extra something. The only character I kind of liked was Erica, Ivy’s mum, who kicked the drama right up. She was a very interesting character who’d gone through the same experiences as Ivy but turned out so different. I would’ve really liked to see her POV because it would’ve had a bit of spark at least.

3

Big thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy via Netgalley.