Where She Went
Gayle Forman
Summary:

It’s been three years since Adam’s love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it…
…and three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever. 
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard’s rising star and Adam is L.A. tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other. 

I just feel like this book was so unnecessary?? The first book, although I didn’t like it, ended on a really good note, with just enough mystery and just enough answers. Why write a second book to clear up any hint of mystery left over? This book was just beating the first one to death, it was awful. 
1/5

Where She Went

Gayle Forman

Summary:

It’s been three years since Adam’s love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it…

…and three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever. 

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard’s rising star and Adam is L.A. tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other. 

I just feel like this book was so unnecessary?? The first book, although I didn’t like it, ended on a really good note, with just enough mystery and just enough answers. Why write a second book to clear up any hint of mystery left over? This book was just beating the first one to death, it was awful. 

1/5


Isla and the Happily Ever After
Stephanie Perkins
Summary:

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. 

I haven’t liked any of the books in this series, but this one has by far been the worst. I really didn’t like the characters in the other two, but at least they were incredibly readable. This one was boring and I felt like I was reading for a hundred years and never making any progress, it was awful.
And I’m really tired of characters acting really creepy but I’m supposed to think it’s romantic???
1/5

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins

Summary:

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. 

I haven’t liked any of the books in this series, but this one has by far been the worst. I really didn’t like the characters in the other two, but at least they were incredibly readable. This one was boring and I felt like I was reading for a hundred years and never making any progress, it was awful.

And I’m really tired of characters acting really creepy but I’m supposed to think it’s romantic???

1/5


If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Summary:

In an instant, Mia’s whole world is shattered, leaving her with only questions. 
What will happen if she leaves? If she loves? If she stays? 
Heartbreaking, romantic, and ultimately filled with hope, this is a powerful story of love and loss, and finding the courage to make the right decision when our life is literally in your hands. 

I feel kind of bad about my feelings for this book, because I really think I’m just tired of YA in general, but I could not get interested in the story, I thought the characters were so unrealistic and strange, and I just didn’t get pulled in at all. 
1/5

If I Stay

Gayle Forman

Summary:

In an instant, Mia’s whole world is shattered, leaving her with only questions. 

What will happen if she leaves? If she loves? If she stays? 

Heartbreaking, romantic, and ultimately filled with hope, this is a powerful story of love and loss, and finding the courage to make the right decision when our life is literally in your hands. 

I feel kind of bad about my feelings for this book, because I really think I’m just tired of YA in general, but I could not get interested in the story, I thought the characters were so unrealistic and strange, and I just didn’t get pulled in at all. 

1/5


I think I’m going to take a break from reading YA

And the reason I tell you this is that I’m about to post three reviews of YA books that led me to this decision, so they’re not going to be terribly positive reviews, and I want you to know it could definitely just be because I’m burnt out on the whole genre


Sunwing
Kenneth Oppel
Summary:

Shade, a young Silverwing bat in search of his father, discovers a mysterious Human building containing a vast forest. Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is as warm as a summer night and teeming with insects to eat. And through the glass roof, the bats can finally see the sun, free from the tyranny of the deadly owls. 
Is this Paradise the fulfillment of Nocturna’s Promise to return the bats to the light of day? Shade and his Brightwing friend Marina aren’t so sure. Shade has seen Humans enter to forest and take away hundreds of sleeping bats for an unknown purpose. And where is Shade’s father? 
It isn’t long before Shade and Marina are swept up on a perilous journey that takes them to the far southern jungle - the homeland of Goth, now king of all the Vampyrum Spectrum: cannibal bats with three-foot wingspans. With the help of an abandoned owl prince and General Cortez’s rat army, Shade must use all his resourcefulness to find his father - and stop goth from harnessing the dark powers of Cama Zotz to create eternal night. 

So at this point, I have now read a large amount of Firewing (and then I started school and had to return it to the library because I stopped reading basically…) and am having a hard time remembering what even happened in Sunwing, because I keep thinking of things, and then being like oh wait, that’s Firewing?
So all I’m going to say is that I did really enjoy this book, and I really enjoyed Shade and Marina as characters, although I do remember how things ended with them and I ended up feeling very awkward and confused. 
4.5/5

Sunwing

Kenneth Oppel

Summary:

Shade, a young Silverwing bat in search of his father, discovers a mysterious Human building containing a vast forest. Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is as warm as a summer night and teeming with insects to eat. And through the glass roof, the bats can finally see the sun, free from the tyranny of the deadly owls. 

Is this Paradise the fulfillment of Nocturna’s Promise to return the bats to the light of day? Shade and his Brightwing friend Marina aren’t so sure. Shade has seen Humans enter to forest and take away hundreds of sleeping bats for an unknown purpose. And where is Shade’s father? 

It isn’t long before Shade and Marina are swept up on a perilous journey that takes them to the far southern jungle - the homeland of Goth, now king of all the Vampyrum Spectrum: cannibal bats with three-foot wingspans. With the help of an abandoned owl prince and General Cortez’s rat army, Shade must use all his resourcefulness to find his father - and stop goth from harnessing the dark powers of Cama Zotz to create eternal night. 

So at this point, I have now read a large amount of Firewing (and then I started school and had to return it to the library because I stopped reading basically…) and am having a hard time remembering what even happened in Sunwing, because I keep thinking of things, and then being like oh wait, that’s Firewing?

So all I’m going to say is that I did really enjoy this book, and I really enjoyed Shade and Marina as characters, although I do remember how things ended with them and I ended up feeling very awkward and confused. 

4.5/5


Ruin and Rising
Leigh Bardugo
Summary:

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remains of a once-great magical army. 
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruciton - and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. 

Ok, I really really loved this series, but I feel like this was probably the weakest of the books. I honestly barely remember it, because it just sort of fell flat for me. 
And the one part that I do remember is what happened to Mal (which I will not spoil!), which was honestly just the biggest cop-out I have ever seen in my life, so I was really really disappointed, and just sort of checked out at that point.
3/5

Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo

Summary:

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remains of a once-great magical army. 

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruciton - and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. 

Ok, I really really loved this series, but I feel like this was probably the weakest of the books. I honestly barely remember it, because it just sort of fell flat for me. 

And the one part that I do remember is what happened to Mal (which I will not spoil!), which was honestly just the biggest cop-out I have ever seen in my life, so I was really really disappointed, and just sort of checked out at that point.

3/5


Attachments
Rainbow Rowell
Summary:

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. 
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now - reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “Internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers - not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke. 
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained - and captivated - by their stories. 
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself. 
What would he say…?

This book is creepy. THIS BOOK IS SO CREEPY. I was bothered by the premise, but I thought that somehow it would get turned around and it wouldn’t be creepy but it was so. Creepy. I feel like I just keep trying to like Rowell’s books because they’re so popular and they just are not for me. There’s always something going on that I just can not find romantic, no matter how hard she tries to make it seem romantic, it is just super creepy and weird. I literally think Lincoln is the creepiest character I have ever read about, and a lot of the time it almost read like I was reading a horror story from the perspective of the murderer…sorry.
Also, I truly don’t understand the point of the setting being 1999? And there was a whole concentration on Y2K and I don’t get why?? Like maybe I thought they would finally end up together on New Years, but then it just like passed with no event or anything, it just did not matter at all… Made no sense to me. 
In all, I really just could not enjoy any of this book, like literally none of it. 
1/5

Attachments

Rainbow Rowell

Summary:

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. 

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now - reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “Internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers - not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke. 

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained - and captivated - by their stories. 

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself. 

What would he say…?

This book is creepy. THIS BOOK IS SO CREEPY. I was bothered by the premise, but I thought that somehow it would get turned around and it wouldn’t be creepy but it was so. Creepy. I feel like I just keep trying to like Rowell’s books because they’re so popular and they just are not for me. There’s always something going on that I just can not find romantic, no matter how hard she tries to make it seem romantic, it is just super creepy and weird. I literally think Lincoln is the creepiest character I have ever read about, and a lot of the time it almost read like I was reading a horror story from the perspective of the murderer…sorry.

Also, I truly don’t understand the point of the setting being 1999? And there was a whole concentration on Y2K and I don’t get why?? Like maybe I thought they would finally end up together on New Years, but then it just like passed with no event or anything, it just did not matter at all… Made no sense to me. 

In all, I really just could not enjoy any of this book, like literally none of it. 

1/5


Frostbite
Richelle Mead
Summary:

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian. 
Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose - and her heart - are n more danger than she ever could have imagined.

I actually am really really enjoying this series, and I think this one was even better than the original. I really like all of the characters, and I like the plot and I think it’s fluffy and teenager-y enough to be light and enjoyable while still dealing with some dark stuff, which makes a pretty fun book to read. 
5/5

Frostbite

Richelle Mead

Summary:

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian. 

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose - and her heart - are n more danger than she ever could have imagined.

I actually am really really enjoying this series, and I think this one was even better than the original. I really like all of the characters, and I like the plot and I think it’s fluffy and teenager-y enough to be light and enjoyable while still dealing with some dark stuff, which makes a pretty fun book to read. 

5/5


???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I just started school and sort of fell behind on the whole book blog thing, and also the whole reading non-textbooks thing, and also the whole ever doing anything except reading textbooks thing, and have had 2 books in my drafts, and 2 books read and not even in my drafts yet for, like, a week and a half. 
And then, I come on Tumblr and see this??? Which happened 6 days ago, but still. So. Exciting!! 
And I’m like, probably she just follows everyone who follows her or something, BUT STILL, I have been kicked into gear, and queued all four books that I hadn’t reviewed yet, so hello again book world. 

???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I just started school and sort of fell behind on the whole book blog thing, and also the whole reading non-textbooks thing, and also the whole ever doing anything except reading textbooks thing, and have had 2 books in my drafts, and 2 books read and not even in my drafts yet for, like, a week and a half. 

And then, I come on Tumblr and see this??? Which happened 6 days ago, but still. So. Exciting!! 

And I’m like, probably she just follows everyone who follows her or something, BUT STILL, I have been kicked into gear, and queued all four books that I hadn’t reviewed yet, so hello again book world. 

Posted 1 month ago


Anonymous said: Ever read a great book only to find out that the author is a terrible person? I just found out one of the authors I loved when I was younger is an anti-feminist, and I'll be honest, it sucks ass, lol.

twentysomethingvagabond:

Yeah, it really does. I fucking loved Ender’s Game. I loved Ender’s Game so much I read it twice in two days. And then I read about Orson Scott Card. 

But let me tell you a secret anon. They can’t take that book away from you. You can love that book with all of your heart. Because it doesn’t belong to them anymore, it’s yours. And loving it doesn’t make you more terrible and having written incredible books doesn’t make their views correct. It’s a crap feeling and it takes a while to pass, but it doesn’t change your books. People are ever-changing. They’re good and bad, right and wrong, problematic and loving. You’re on the right track. 


If I Can’t Have You
Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris
Summary:

New York Times bestselling authors Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris investigate one of the twenty-first century’s most puzzling disappearances and how it resulted in the murder of two children by their father. 
Every once in a great while a genuine murder mystery unfolds before the eyes of the American public. The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the JonBenet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty Utah mother went missing in December of 2009, the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan’s husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm. 
Over the next three years, bombshell by bombshell, the story would reveal more shocking secrets. Josh’s father, Steve, who was sexually obsessed with Susan, would ultimately be convicted of unspeakable perversion. Josh’s brother, Michael, would commit suicide. And in the most stunning event of them all, Josh Powell would murder his two little boys and kill himself with a brutality beyond belief, leaving a family destroyed and a nation in shock. 

I should not have read this book. You should not read this book. These authors should not be making money off of a sensationalized retelling of a story as tragic as this one. This was so disgusting. The book (and the case itself, still) showed a horrifying misunderstanding of mental illness, and while Josh Powell clearly was guilty and can not be sympathized with, it also needs to be acknowledged that, had  his mental illness been treated, this whole thing could have been averted, rather than painting him as a crazy freak who was broken beyond repair from the time he was a child. 
I just am so offended by the fact that this book even exists and people are making money off of this story, I really can’t explain how gross it makes me feel, especially including pictures of the hatchet he used on the boys, which seemed pretty unnecessary. And the reviews on the back of the book were gross too: “As good as it gets.” “Fascinating!” It just grosses me out.
AND ALSO, the story itself really freaked me out, because I knew it was close to home. The house he killed the kids in was in the town I was living in at the time, but I didn’t realize that people in that family were probably my customers at some point? They frequently talked about the stuff that went down at the Fred Meyer right by my store and like… that’s very upsetting…
1/5

If I Can’t Have You

Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

Summary:

New York Times bestselling authors Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris investigate one of the twenty-first century’s most puzzling disappearances and how it resulted in the murder of two children by their father. 

Every once in a great while a genuine murder mystery unfolds before the eyes of the American public. The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the JonBenet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty Utah mother went missing in December of 2009, the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan’s husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm. 

Over the next three years, bombshell by bombshell, the story would reveal more shocking secrets. Josh’s father, Steve, who was sexually obsessed with Susan, would ultimately be convicted of unspeakable perversion. Josh’s brother, Michael, would commit suicide. And in the most stunning event of them all, Josh Powell would murder his two little boys and kill himself with a brutality beyond belief, leaving a family destroyed and a nation in shock. 

I should not have read this book. You should not read this book. These authors should not be making money off of a sensationalized retelling of a story as tragic as this one. This was so disgusting. The book (and the case itself, still) showed a horrifying misunderstanding of mental illness, and while Josh Powell clearly was guilty and can not be sympathized with, it also needs to be acknowledged that, had  his mental illness been treated, this whole thing could have been averted, rather than painting him as a crazy freak who was broken beyond repair from the time he was a child. 

I just am so offended by the fact that this book even exists and people are making money off of this story, I really can’t explain how gross it makes me feel, especially including pictures of the hatchet he used on the boys, which seemed pretty unnecessary. And the reviews on the back of the book were gross too: “As good as it gets.” “Fascinating!” It just grosses me out.

AND ALSO, the story itself really freaked me out, because I knew it was close to home. The house he killed the kids in was in the town I was living in at the time, but I didn’t realize that people in that family were probably my customers at some point? They frequently talked about the stuff that went down at the Fred Meyer right by my store and like… that’s very upsetting…

1/5


Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde
Jennie Garth 
Summary:

From her sudden rise to fame as a golden-haired teen beauty to recently redefining herself as a single working mother to three growing girls, Jennie Garth has defied the odds and thrived in a town that can be more than a little tough on its blondes.
Since Jennie landed in Hollywood at just sixteen, she has built an enduring career as a television and film actress, producer, and director, beginning with her iconic turn as Kelly Taylor on Aaron Spelling’s smash hit Beverly Hills 90210, a show that ran for a decade and that cemented Jennie’s place in American pop culture. 
Recently, Jennie found herself facing her forties from a place she never expected to be: newly single, in demand again as an actress after years spent focusing on her family, and all over the tabloids. So she decided to do something that surprised many, including herself: to write about it - to tell her own story, in her own words. 
And now, in this intimate memoir, she explores the highs and the lows of her life, both in front of the camera and behind closed doors, revealing the real Jennie Garth - smart, funny, and stronger than she ever realized. 

I read a lot of autobiographies, so when I say that this is one of the better ones I’ve read, that’s a legit compliment. Especially considering I’ve never seen an episode of Beverly Hills 90210, which was a huge focus of this book (and Garth’s life…)
I thought this was so sweet and real and beautiful, and I found myself randomly telling my boyfriend tidbits about Jennie Garth’s life even though he probably has no idea who she even is and definitely doesn’t care?? I just was so interested and really really loved it. 
5/5

Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde

Jennie Garth 

Summary:

From her sudden rise to fame as a golden-haired teen beauty to recently redefining herself as a single working mother to three growing girls, Jennie Garth has defied the odds and thrived in a town that can be more than a little tough on its blondes.

Since Jennie landed in Hollywood at just sixteen, she has built an enduring career as a television and film actress, producer, and director, beginning with her iconic turn as Kelly Taylor on Aaron Spelling’s smash hit Beverly Hills 90210, a show that ran for a decade and that cemented Jennie’s place in American pop culture. 

Recently, Jennie found herself facing her forties from a place she never expected to be: newly single, in demand again as an actress after years spent focusing on her family, and all over the tabloids. So she decided to do something that surprised many, including herself: to write about it - to tell her own story, in her own words. 

And now, in this intimate memoir, she explores the highs and the lows of her life, both in front of the camera and behind closed doors, revealing the real Jennie Garth - smart, funny, and stronger than she ever realized. 

I read a lot of autobiographies, so when I say that this is one of the better ones I’ve read, that’s a legit compliment. Especially considering I’ve never seen an episode of Beverly Hills 90210, which was a huge focus of this book (and Garth’s life…)

I thought this was so sweet and real and beautiful, and I found myself randomly telling my boyfriend tidbits about Jennie Garth’s life even though he probably has no idea who she even is and definitely doesn’t care?? I just was so interested and really really loved it. 

5/5


Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Summary:

Nick’s just seen the girl who dumped him walk in…with a new guy. What else can he do but ask the strange girl next to him to be his new girlfriend for the next five minutes?
Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick…and to get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never really totally dumped. What else can she do but answer Nick’s question by making out with him?
With one electric, unexpected kiss, the five-minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the “first date” that will turn into an infinite night of falling in and out (and in and out, and maybe in and maybe out) of love. Theirs is a first date of music, laughter, heartache, confusion, passion, taxi driver wisdom, and a jacket named Salvatore. And of course a killer soundtrack. 
As Nick and Norah wander through the middle-of-the-night mystic maze of Manhattan, they share the kind of night you want to never end, where every minute counts and every moment flickers between love and disaster. 

This book was terrible. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. It was TERRIBLE. From the first chapter, I knew that I would hate it. It was so obnoxious and the characters were obnoxious and this does not seem like a situation that would ever happen, and if people like this exist in real life, I hope I never meet them.
More than that, though, this book had elements that, while I’m not part of the group being represented and my opinion definitely doesn’t count, made me really uncomfortable. There was one scene where one of Norah’s friends, who dressed as a woman and referred to herself as a woman, was repeatedly referred to as s/he, which bothered me every time I read it, which was like 40 per paragraph. Then there was the scene where Norah convinced herself, despite many concrete clues to the contrary, that Nick was gay because he smelled nice and used chapstick???? I don’t know, it was a very uncomfortable read for me.
1/5

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Summary:

Nick’s just seen the girl who dumped him walk in…with a new guy. What else can he do but ask the strange girl next to him to be his new girlfriend for the next five minutes?

Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick…and to get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never really totally dumped. What else can she do but answer Nick’s question by making out with him?

With one electric, unexpected kiss, the five-minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the “first date” that will turn into an infinite night of falling in and out (and in and out, and maybe in and maybe out) of love. Theirs is a first date of music, laughter, heartache, confusion, passion, taxi driver wisdom, and a jacket named Salvatore. And of course a killer soundtrack. 

As Nick and Norah wander through the middle-of-the-night mystic maze of Manhattan, they share the kind of night you want to never end, where every minute counts and every moment flickers between love and disaster. 

This book was terrible. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. It was TERRIBLE. From the first chapter, I knew that I would hate it. It was so obnoxious and the characters were obnoxious and this does not seem like a situation that would ever happen, and if people like this exist in real life, I hope I never meet them.

More than that, though, this book had elements that, while I’m not part of the group being represented and my opinion definitely doesn’t count, made me really uncomfortable. There was one scene where one of Norah’s friends, who dressed as a woman and referred to herself as a woman, was repeatedly referred to as s/he, which bothered me every time I read it, which was like 40 per paragraph. Then there was the scene where Norah convinced herself, despite many concrete clues to the contrary, that Nick was gay because he smelled nice and used chapstick???? I don’t know, it was a very uncomfortable read for me.

1/5


Silverwing
Kenneth Oppel
Summary:

Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony, determined to prove himself on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a storm, he is swept out over the ocean - away from his family, his friends, and the only life he has ever known. Alone and frightened as winter fast approaches and temperatures plunge, Shade knows he must find a way to rejoin his colony in the south. 
And thus begins an extraordinary journey - from the pigeon stronghold in the city’s spires to the rat kingdom deep below the earth. Along the way, Shade encounters a remarkable cast of characters: Marina, a Brightwing bat with a strange metal band on her forearm; Zephyr, a mystical albino bat who can hear into both the past and the future; and Goth, a gigantic carnivorous vampire bat captured in his native jungle and brought to a mysterious human laboratory in the north. If only Shade could figure out which ones are friends, and which ones enemies….

Ok, so I checked these books out because of my intense craving for more from the author of the Matt Cruse books, which is why maybe I didn’t go into it looking at the books as fairly as I could have, but they just did not live up to the expectations I had from the other series! 
Don’t get me wrong, I adored this series, I thought it was so cute and great, but it just didn’t pull me in like Airborne did. I think it’s geared toward younger kids than the others were, but I still don’t really think it’s a good reason to have less life than any other book. 
4/5

Silverwing

Kenneth Oppel

Summary:

Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony, determined to prove himself on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a storm, he is swept out over the ocean - away from his family, his friends, and the only life he has ever known. Alone and frightened as winter fast approaches and temperatures plunge, Shade knows he must find a way to rejoin his colony in the south. 

And thus begins an extraordinary journey - from the pigeon stronghold in the city’s spires to the rat kingdom deep below the earth. Along the way, Shade encounters a remarkable cast of characters: Marina, a Brightwing bat with a strange metal band on her forearm; Zephyr, a mystical albino bat who can hear into both the past and the future; and Goth, a gigantic carnivorous vampire bat captured in his native jungle and brought to a mysterious human laboratory in the north. If only Shade could figure out which ones are friends, and which ones enemies….

Ok, so I checked these books out because of my intense craving for more from the author of the Matt Cruse books, which is why maybe I didn’t go into it looking at the books as fairly as I could have, but they just did not live up to the expectations I had from the other series! 

Don’t get me wrong, I adored this series, I thought it was so cute and great, but it just didn’t pull me in like Airborne did. I think it’s geared toward younger kids than the others were, but I still don’t really think it’s a good reason to have less life than any other book. 

4/5


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About me:


I have a gigantic, ever-growing list of books that I want to read, and have read, since approximately the beginning of 2011. This will be where I give reviews and suggestions. My favorite genres are YA, fantasy, and autobiographies, but I will literally read anything, so please feel free to give me suggestions. Please feel free to contact me if you have a book you'd like me to review.


Currently reading (July):

Lirael
Silverwing
Frightful's Mountain
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Four (8/13)