A Quick, Fun, Dramatic Summer Trilogy // Thoughts on The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han
Pages: 276
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Release Date: May 5th 2009
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. 

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Jenny Han is one of my favorite authors, that statement based off only reading the To All the Boys trilogy. Now that I have read the series that started it all for her, I get more of an idea of her work. The Summer I Turned Pretty is a very dramatic trilogy, shall I say, (There is a lot of crying...) I really enjoyed it as it did have a very interesting plot and characters. I also binge read it within a two day time period so that was an interesting experience. I'm going to be talking about all three books so I hope you enjoy!

The first thing I want to talk about is the characters. There aren't like a huge amount of them but I do enjoy reading about all of them nevertheless. There were a couple of characters that I did have problems though. I thought Belly, the main character, was a little irritating. She cried....a lot....over things that had happened to her before, which was something that made me roll my eyes a bit because it just seemed like about 40% of this book was Belly crying or sulking. Like I understood why she cried over some situations but there were other situations where I totally did not understand why she was crying. I wanted to shake the girl and tell her to never let herself cry at the hands of a man! Also, I thought Conrad was jerk, about 90% of the time. Did I like him? Not much but he was tolerable. 

Bingeing this series within a two day timespan was definitely a good choice on my part. Because so much time pasts between book one and book three, it's really interesting to compare the differences between the characters, look back on what has happened between the three books, and it's also so weird when the characters say something like "3 years ago" when really for me, it was only the last book, which I probably only finished about 2 hours ago. So, reading all three books so quickly and having so much time past between them really just made time past so quickly.

All in all, this was a pretty good summer series binge. I had a lot of fun following these characters through the three years this story takes place and it was fun to read about Belly's story. Not only did it have fun summer moments, but it dealt with many other problems that I did not expect this book to cover and it was very enjoyable. Jenny Han is a fabulous writer and based on her books, I can definitely see how it got better over time.

Short and Sweet // A Collection of Mini Reviews from This Summer: Suffer Love, Open Road Summer, On the Fence

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Suffer Love

Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Pages: 352
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 3rd 2016 
“Just let it go.” That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone. Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?

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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are affected by this.

I was pretty excited for Suffer Love when I first read the synopsis. Come on, everyone loves a little bit of romance and angst! So, what did I think about it? Well, I thought it was a fabulous read. It stuck to the synopsis and I really liked how the complications of Sam and Hadley's situation put to the whole plot and story. Sam and Hadley's friends were also a really nice addition to this (kind of very complicated) story. Hadley's relationship with her best friend was so great to read about because I love how close they are and how much they support each other. Sam's friend brought a little humor into this very dramatic book. The only problem I had with this book was I thought that beginning of the book was kind of rushed. Other than that, this book was a very fabulous read and if anyone is looking to take a break from cutesy contemporaries with a little angst, Suffer Love is something you should definitely consider!


In Which Cheyenne Talks About Mental Illness in Books // Summer Blog Promo Tour

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hey everyone and welcome to the third Summer Blog Promo Tour post, hosted by the Book Bratz. Today, I have Cheyenne from Once Upon A Time Review and she is going to talk about Mental Illnesses and how that is sometimes portrayed in books. I hope everyone enjoys and starts some discussion based off this post. Enjoy!


My name is Cheyenne and I blog at Once Upon A Time Review and let's talk about Mental Illness. Mental Illnesses are very real and no we aren't faking it. I'm sure there's those people out there who do fake who do it for attention, but there's people who don't fake it. When you fake something that gives people who experience the same thing as you a bad rep. A bookish example is when you read the really bad, poorly written self-published book that makes you not want to read other self-published books. Well, news flash there's a ton of amazing self-published books out there it's just that category of books are often overlooked.

Like everything else in the world everyone is different when it comes to mental illnesses. I think I mentioned this in a post on my blog, but I have anxiety and depression, it runs in my family along with other mental illnesses which I don't have. My anxiety and depression aren't as bad as others I can't speak for other people's severity levels, but I can speak for everyone when I say its not all fun games. It shouldn't be all dolled up because that would be portraying it badly.

When reading books about mental illnesses or seeing something on tv about it sometimes it feels like they doll it up. I think a lot of members in society do this too. Mental illness has come long ways since the times they put people in asylums for having postpartum depression and many other things, but now we have to keep making progress on it. Its all around us and it shouldn't be something controversial as it is.

I feel books are a great way to reach people because if done right it can touch a lot of people. If we educate society then it might not be so looked down on. If you know someone who has a mental illness talk to them and be there for them because that will mean the world to them. There's this website that someone directed me to that has this really well done article. There's also a a goodreads list that have books on it that deal with metal illnesses.

Thanks for reading this article you can find me on twitter @OnceUpo15467743 if you ever want to talk about anything my inbox is always open. Remember to keep looking for your Once Upon A Time.

So tell me: What did you think of Cheyenne's opinions? Do you agree and what are some books that you have read that portray Mental Illness very well?

First Book I've Read with A Deaf Main Character. We Need More of These // Thoughts on Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tone Deaf

Author: Olivia Rivers
Pages: 288
Published by: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
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.

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I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are affected by this.

I had first read the synopsis of this book when Olivia first contacted me about revealing the cover of this book on my blog. Normally, I don't do cover reveals but I was pretty interested in the plot and being able to read about a deaf girl, which doesn't happen very often to me. I finally read Tone Deaf and was not surprised when I found that I really enjoyed it. It had the fun you would expect it to have but it definitely had it's emotional moments. I really loved the characters and it had a really great plot. If you're looking for a book that is cute and different from a lot of the other fame related books, Tone Deaf is definitely something to look into!

The first quick thing I want to mention is how excited I was to be able to not only read about a deaf girl, but also get to read another book with fame aspects in it. Books with characters who are famous are always more special to read because fame is something not everyone experiences and everyone has small fantasies of being famous. Books that talk about fame are just another way of imagining what it would like to be famous. Jace's fame does play a pretty big part in the book, as it is sort of part of him. We never do see him out and about doing things famous musicians do but they were definitely mentioned in the book and that is enough to have a book have the "famous character" feel. Ya feel? 

Something I really enjoyed reading about in this book was the awesome group of characters it had. You have Ali, Jace, and then Ali and Jace's friends, which makes up a pretty diverse group of characters and personalities. I especially loved Jace's friends. They were really cool people and they made the book a little lighter and brought in humor. I especially loved how different they all were, I didn't get confused between them once. If Olivia wrote a spin off novel about the, I would gladly pick it up.

Not only did I love the characters in this book, I really liked Ali's character development. I mean, this book is about her story and how she "sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved" so like the first thing I expected out of this book was some MAJOR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I got my major character development. I was really excited to read the ending and see where this story would take her. Well, I was definitely not disappointed. She faced the one thing that was really holding her back from happiness and lived her life the way she wanted to, not being scared of being deaf or her dad. It nice to see her getting a happy ending because she definitely deserved one.

The last thing I wanted to talk about was how much I loved the fact that there were a good amount of realistic issues and situations in this book. Not only certain disabilities, but the book included abuse, had gay characters, and talked about the liability when it comes to people who have been in law enforcement. Abuse has definitely been in a good amount of books (as the asshole parent trope is a very common thing in YA), gay people are represented in YA books, but never have I read a book where a deaf person was represented. It was different to read about that; I really enjoyed it and think that disabilities like deafness should be represented a lot more in YA.



Claire and I Talk About Books that Take Place in NorCal, AKA San Fran, AKA Our Home // Summer Blog Promo Tour

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to the second Summer Blog Promo Tour post! Today, I have my fabulous friend Claire from Blank Slaters here and together, we're going to talk about 6 books that take place on our turf, the Bay Area! (Or San Francisco. Or Northern California.) There aren't many books that take place here so when books do, people like us know. So, here are 6 books that take place in the fabulous Bay Area! Read them all! Experience the glory of our home. Enjoy. :)


6 Books That Take Place in the Bay Area

Claire // Angelfall by Susan Ee
Angelfall by Susan Ee is paranormal romance, post apocalyptic YA novel that takes place in Silicon Valley. Also known as the bay area and San Francisco-ish. I bet you can guess what Angelfall is about. Yep, you guessed, it ANGELS! Only these angels aren’t the fluffy forgiving type, no, the angels in Angelfall are out to destroy the human race. Angelfall by Susan Ee is definitely a light read that is most certainly entertaining. As it does take place in the area Kaitlin and I live, it is also really fun to read about the familiar sights throughout the book.

Kaitlin // Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Stacey Lee is one of my favorite authors and I was really excited for Outrun the Moon when I found out this book takes place in San Francisco. It is definitely a lot different than the other books in this list because of the fact that it takes place about 100 years back. It was interesting to read about historical San Francisco but still be able to identify some places that were in this book. (Streets, parks, neighborhoods ect) And location definitely takes a huge part in this book as the book does surround that 1906 earthquake that only happened in San Francisco. This is definitely a great read for someone who wants to get into historical fiction and explore historic San Fran! And has a POC main character!

I Found Another Guy to Add to the Hot Nerd Dream Team // Thoughts on The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Start of Me and You

Author: Emery Lord
Pages: 384
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 31st 2015
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

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I've heard fabulous things about Emery Lord, so many people love her books and as someone who followers her on twitter, I really love her tweets. I've owned this book for basically a year now and didn't get to it until now, and I really wish I had done so sooner because not only was it such a good read, The Start of Me and You was really addicting and I found myself really loving Emery's writing. If you're looking for a cute contemporary, I would definitely pick up this book. Emery is my new favorite author guys, I'm so excited.

The first thing I wanted to talk about with this book was how much I loved Emery's writing style. It wasn't very different from a traditional style but I loved the voice she wrote in; It felt different from other books. No, the book wasn't written in some crazy format or style but I could really hear Emery's "voice" within the writing and I loved that.
Another thing I really loved about this book was how awesome the characters were; they were all so likable. Max and Ryan are both such gentlemen and I love how different they are from each other. Because they're cousins at the same age, they're best friends and it was interesting to see how the two got along even though they were so different from each other.

I especially really admired how close Paige and her friends are. I definitely saw me and my friends a little in Paige's friends. They were so supportive of each other and have a very healthy friendship. I loved how they were all very respectful of each other, didn't cause any drama within the group, even though there could have been many moments where drama could have broken through. Paige and her friends are friendship goals.

I really loved the character Paige went through throughout the book. It wasn't that hard to figure out either because Emery literally has a paragraph in the book talking about Paige's character development. It was nice to see the changes she had gone through. Paige starts this book really affected by her boyfriend's death and it was nice to see her get her life back, meet new people, try new things, and just really recover from her boyfriend's death. It is definitely really hard, to know someone so young die, and I enjoyed reading about Paige finally step up and accept his death and really come to terms with it.

Finally, Max is such a cutie. Get ready for him. And Ryan? Just as much as a cutie. Ugh, such good friends to Paige. Maybe they should come real life. Yeah, that would be nice.

Well Shit, I've Been Blogging for Two Years Now // Happy 2 Years Next Page Please!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Lol, guess what? So, like last year, this post is late. A week late. So, because this post was already late, I just decided to post the same date as last year, July 7. Been blogging for two years now, you think I had my shit together right? (Spoiler: I don't.)

When I sat down to write the post, I didn't know what the crap I was going to say. I looked back on last year's blogiversary post and found that, I didn't really want to do what I did last year for my post. I talked about my stats that year, what authors I've met, and all that but I didn't really want to do that this year. (I'm still doing Thank You's...don't worry.) So, I'm sitting here now, with no idea on what I am going to write about, because really I don't want to reflect on stats or the top viewed posts.

No, today I am going to talk about 5 things blogging has taught me; 5 lessons one is for sure going to pick up from blogging. So don't expect any stats, story about how I got to this blog, or lists from this post because you won't get it. You can see all that in last year's post. Other than enjoy.

And, here we go!


5 lessons blogging has taught me:

Russia? Magic? A Game of Fighting to the Death? Count Me In! // Thoughts on The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Crown's Game

Author: Evelyn Skye
Pages: 399
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 17th 2016
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself. As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. 

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The Crown's Game has been a pretty anticipated read for me. I loved the concept of two magicians fighting for one spot as the Royal Enchanter. I was really looking forward to reading about historical Russia and I was just really excited for Evelyn to have a book out and for the world to finally be able to read it. Well, I finally read it and it was fabulous. The characters that were all in this book were very interesting and different, the world this book takes place in is fabulous, and I really liked the magical aspects in this book. If you're looking for a historical fantasy read with a bit of drama, The Crown's Game is for you!

The first thing I want to talk about with this book is the style this book is written in. Now what exactly is the style of the writing of this book? Well, let me tell ya! It's basically written in about 23954984 perspectives. Not complaining because that really benefitted this book. A lot goes on in this book so telling the story in many perspectives made sure that the reader knew what was going on concerning the 9284 different side plots and it kept me reading. The characters in this book are very different so they all have very different stories and writing this book in basically all their perspectives gave the characters more depth and prevented the story from getting confused on what was going on and allowed Evelyn to include more into her story.

I also really loved the world that this book took place and the magical aspects of it. This book takes place in Russia, which is a pretty cool place for a book to take place. On top of that, you have magic in this world. I really liked the magic that went on in this book. How each person has a specialty with their magic and it was interesting to read how Vika and Nikolai would use their powers against each other. 

So with this unique world, there must have been world building. I thought the world building was very well done. Evelyn talked about Russia in her book and I was very much able to envision what it looked like in my head.

The one problem I did have with this book was how awkward and unrealistic dialogue got sometimes. There were moments where I felt like things the characters said were things that just didn't flow as well as they could have and didn't sound very realistic. Hoping this will change in the next book because that was basically the only problem I had with this book.

All in all, I think this book was a great first book. It introduced the characters very well, built the world very well, was an exciting read, and also ended perfectly and set up book two perfectly. Enough stuff was going in this book so that you have an idea on what book two will be about. Based on what I did read, I am really looking forward to reading it and finding out more after the events in The Crown's Game.

In Which Mishma Talks About Her Experience as a Panelist at BEA! // Summer Blog Promo Tour

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to the first post of 2016's Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Hosted by the lovely ladies at the Book Bratz, this tour is to bring bloggers together and get a chance to feature each other on our blogs. Today, I have Mishma at Chasing Faerytales talking about some things she enjoyed at BEA! I hope everyone enjoys the guest posts to come and enjoys and finds themselves some new blogs!

Hi bookworms! I am Mish, and it's nice to meet you all! I am so excited be here at Next Page Please Kaitlin is one of my favourite bloggers ever - and today, I am invited to talk about my experience at BEA this year, so let's move on to my adventure stories about Book Expo America 2016!

Since I've already shared thousand and one recaps about my experience there, today, I'd like to list down the things I loved most about going to BEA!

Flying to USA

In case you didn't know, I am from Sri Lanka! So it was quite an adventure to be flying all the way to USA. If I forget the brutal 21 hour flight from SL to US, and getting lost in the Chicago Airport to top it off, the entire experience was remarkable, and the travel enthusiast in me loved it!

One Simply Doesn't Not Experience Feels When Re-Reading Harry Potter // Potterhead July: The 10 Emotions of Re-Reading the Harry Potter Books

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to my post for Potterhead July, a Harry Potter celebration hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight! Today, I am here to talk about what it is like to re-read the Harry Potter books and the different feelings one may go through while re-reading. I hope everyone enjoys and reads Harry Potter this month!

1. Missing Harry Potter

Well, something has to initiate this Harry Potter re-read marathon! Whether you've just rewatched all the Harry Potter movies or know someone who is reading Harry Potter for the first time, you now miss Harry Potter, which leads you to pick up the first book, open the cover, and start this marathon.

2. Excitement

Being back in the wizarding exciting. I mean, who doesn't want to live in a world with magical creatures, Harry Potter, and being able to summon something from across the room with a small flick of a wand and the word Accio?

3. Nostalgia

Some of us read Harry Potter when we were still kids, some of us only read Harry Potter about 2 years ago. Either way, we haven't read Harry Potter in AGES, so being back in the world brings back so many feels and memories. Remember staying up to read Harry Potter and reading it under the desk during school? Nostalgia.

4. More Nostalgia

You can never stop having the feeling of nostalgia when reading something so dear to your past.

5. Sadness

So many things happen in this series and you're reminded of many things. Like how you'll never get to be apart of the wizarding world, or that this series eventually comes to an end. No one likes watching something they love end.

6. More Sadness

Also, seeing characters who later die be alive is the most bittersweet thing ever.

7. More Nostalgia

The more time you spend in the wizarding world, the deeper you dig yourself into the Harry Potter headspace and the more memories you will get of your past while reading Harry Potter. OH CHILDHOOD HOW I MISS THOSE DAYS.

8. Missing Childhood

^ 'nuff said.

9. Excitement for the Newest Book

When you remember that Harry's story comes to an end, just remind yourself that a new book is coming out! (And soon!) Soon you'll have so much more new Harry Potter content. The Fantastic Beasts movie, the Cursed Child book (and play) and Pottermore is always thriving with new content; like the new story about an American Hogwarts!

10. Satisfaction

Well, the re-read is now over. Yep, you just re-read all seven Harry Potter books, all 3,407 pages, all 1,084,170 words. It feels great to have read all the books. Until the next re-read, when these emotions will come back again! It was nice to be back in the wizarding world, to read about Harry's adventure, to watch him grow up and just be back in your childhood again.

So tell me: Have you read Harry Potter recently and do you relate to any of the emotions I talked about today?