Review: Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Publication date: September 1st 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 320

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review. This has not influenced the content of my review.

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Goodreads synopsis:

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

 

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Review:

Rare diseases, first love and a cute guy next door…what could go wrong, right?

Well naïve little reader, a lot. And unfortunately in my opinion, that didn’t just apply to the storyline but the actual book as well.

The good and bad per point I want to talk about seems to evenly have their ups and downs. For example, the idea of having such a rare disease of being allergic to everything was really cool. In fact, I’d say it was the guiding reason as to why I was so immensely so excited about reading this book.

But at the same time, I actually blame that for why the story was so slow. The author didn’t really have all that much to work with. The story kind of dragged on a big because nothing really happened. I mean – the girl was stuck inside the same building all day and night. In that sense I don’t really blame the author at all.

I thought it was a good way to deal with the messages that the book was trying to get across. And they were excellent messages for sure. Just again, I think they could have been handled better.

Why? Exhibit A: The plot twist. Really? That was predictable. Although the way that the main character got to this point was questionable at best. A lot of the decisions made seemed kind of selfish and naïve. Yet, she had reason to be so.

The other thing was that I was unsure as to how it was actually possible for a particular event to unfold. Maybe things are totally different in Australia but I find it difficult to believe that it was possible

All in all, I really liked this book. I did have my issues with it but I am super excited to read more by this author.

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Goodreads author bio:

Nicola YoonNicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

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Review: Vendetta

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)

Publication date: January 1st 2015

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.

Number of pages: 352

Series: Blood for Blood (#1)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Borrowed. All opinions in this review are my own and are in no way influenced by the source of the book.

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Goodreads synopsis:

When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

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Review:

What do you get when you cross 5 hot Italian guys (well actually apparently only 4 of them were hot) with blood and revenge?

Well according to this book, the mafia.

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I’m going to be clear here: I’ve never read a book about the mafia before. They’re (unfortunately) not something you see everyday. I wish there were more because things can get CRAZY.

My first point is going to be on the topic of the plot. I actually thought things were pretty lacking in this department. No, I’m not going against what I said about crazy shenanigans in this book. But until the end, I felt that Vendetta seriously lacked plot. It really just seemed to be the same thing over and over again.

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DO YOU LIKE MY ITALIAN?! Thank you. But anyway –
Sophie: “I’m going to get really excited and/or nervous about a conversation I’m about to have with the 5 Italian guys who have just moved in. But I’m gonna be sarcastic to cover it up.”
Millie: “I’m British.”
Luca: “I’m going to be a complete pig to you Sophie.”
Nic: “And I’m gonna make it better again. But then I’m going to run away.”

And repeat.

Ok, that was a little mean and exaggerated, but I genuinely felt like that little scenario thing was getting repeated through out the book. Like not much actually really happened at all apart from conversations between the characters and maybe with something minor going on in the background.

But then I got towards the end and things got wild.

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See, that’s why I said crazy. All the crazy just happened at the end and it was enough to redeem all the wrongs in the world.

The rest of the book was setting up for the finale really (and an amazing plot twist) and it did do a phenomenal job. But the thing is, you still have to read through that part to get to the good stuff.

The best thing about Vendetta was probably the writing. The characters were believable and all of them really likeable, if not a little bit predictable (see typical conversation above). There was quite a bit of humour involved, and while it wasn’t die-laughing-kind-of-funny, you could still chuckle a tad. I love that kind of things in books and that’s why all dystopians kind of seem the same to me now. A lot of them have no personality.

Another thing I really liked was the Italian involved. Just a few phrases here and there. I get upset if there are books about people in or from countries that don’t speak English and there aren’t phrases from the foreign language in there. It makes me sad.

I read a physical copy of this book and OH MY GOODNESS. I would just buy this book in the shop if I just saw the outside. The edition I read was so beautiful. It was writing on the side of the pages, a really beautiful cover and the spine is amazing.

I really liked the book but I have a deep fear that by the time the sequel comes out I will have forgotten everything that happened. But I would really like to read it. Although I have no idea where it could possibly go.

And I absolutely would recommend this book. I hope this review didn’t come off as too negative but I really didn’t intend for it to. It was a good book and worth reading.

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Goodreads author bio:

Catherine DoyleCatherine Doyle was born in the West of Ireland in 1990. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in English. As a child she was an annoying smarty-pants with an overactive imagination. She feels lucky to have now found a healthy outlet for her tendency to make up stories. Her debut YA novel, VENDETTA, is the first in a trilogy. The novel takes place in modern-day Chicago, where Catherine’s mother grew up.

Fangirl Inspired Outfit

Trendy Thursday

The Rules:

  • You can make an outfit that can be worn in real life inspired by an character in a book you have recently read and reviewed. If not, you can just make an outift for any book.
  • Design an outfit you think they would wear.
  • Leave a comment down below with the link to your blog.
  • Post the Trendy Thursdays sticker on your blog (or make your own) with a link to my blog (Bookcomet).
  • Try to post something for each catergory.
  • Have fun!

This week’s book is…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Goodreads synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

“Touching and utterly real.” —  Publisher’s Weekly

 

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I really need to get something off my mind that has been bugging me recently. A lot.

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There have been a few author/blogger”problems” lately. Some of you may have seen the Goodreads bingo card, or whatever it was called? Well. I can’t say that as a blogger or Goodreads reviewer I appreciated it too much.

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As a book blogger, I give up my free time promote books. So I obviously want to read good books. I don’t really think anybody would want to read a bad book. So when a blogger posts a one star review, there  has to have been things in the book that the reviewer didn’t like. One of the bingo squares that made me laugh was the one that said ‘Reviewer thinks girl main character is whiny, unlikeable and unsympathetic’. How unfair right? Um, no. They probably are whiny.

Not many people senselessly bash books unless they are really, really offended. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and therefore people aren’t going to love every single book they read. I have different opinions to my friends, etc.

Basically, what I’m getting at is that the whole point of reviewing is giving an honest review. Not many people make up their mind on a book based on one single review. I know that I have a pretty good idea of where the book will sit on my TBR pile after about 5 reviews. But even if they are all bad, and if the premise sounds really good to me, I will still check it out if I’m interested.

All readers make up their own minds based on reviews. 90% of the time there will usually be good and bad reviews for books. I don’t see a one star review that completely bashes a book and go “that book is obviously going to suck if suchandsuch hates it”. We can make up our own minds thank you very much.

So please, give us some credit.

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Review: Starlet’s Web

Starlet’s Web by Carla Hanna

Starlet's Web (The Starlet, #1)

Publication date: November 2nd 2012

Publisher: Createspace

Number of pages: 310

Series: The Starlet (1#)

Genre: YA/NA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis extract:

Love. Lies. Acting. A novel about celebrity influence & teens in Hollywood. What makes a star shine? Humility empowers the spirit. Sometimes.

Discover the Starlet Series for new adult & college readers and uncover the life of a talented actress caught in Hollywood’s web of lies.

I’m actress Liana Marie Michael. I won an Oscar at 17 but whatever. Celebrity is what it is: marketing a product. I’m part of a tight-knit group. I keep to myself and don’t complain about my life. I’ve been happy until lately.

Evan dumping me leveled me. Matthew shocked me. I knew he couldn’t hurt me with my bodyguard so near, but his eyes…so I have trust issues. Dating super-hot Byron didn’t help clear the confusion either. I’m torn between going to church on Sunday and making a living from pop culture.

But experience builds perspective. My days of shutting up needed to end. First, I told Manuel. Then I told my mom. It turned out awesome until I learned the truth.

Now I’m screwed. Totally. Let’s face it: Hollywood’s web entangles everyone.

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Review:

I really don’t know what to say. I was really, really not impressed.

I get that this book was trying to capture the exploitation of celebrities and their struggles, but really I didn’t like it.

Exhibit A: The main character. She was THE problem. And there were so many problems with her.
I thought she was ungrateful and arrogant. She drove me up the wall. She really could not seem to be able to look after herself in the slightest. And she didn’t exactly try and prevent half the awful situations she got herself into.

And quite frankly, I was disgusted with the romances. It felt like every page she was kissing a guy and whining about not feeling ‘turned on’. Yes, you read that right. The only half decent romantic interest was broken up with on the first page.

Don’t even get me started on Manuel. EURGH. Ick.
He did not come off as a great book boyfriend. Not only was he possessive, but also very, very rude. He didn’t even support Lia Marie when she needed it. Yeah, I get that it’s nice and all that he liked the ‘real her’ without makeup on and things, but she’s an actress. Sometimes she’s going to wear makeup. He shouldn’t tell her that he hates it. He should support her acting career and not act like a total brat.

In fact their whole relationship was terrible. They’d be fighting and then all of a sudden they’d decide that they are meant to be together. Then after two minutes of being together then Manuel would throw a hissy fit. That happened a lot and was very, very frustrating.

Back to Liana Marie. She spoke nothing really like a teenager. I would know. I am one. She spoke like she was reciting ‘assertive’ arguments that adults tell kids to say. Such as:
“You’re hurting my feelings, Manuel.”
She seemed to swap in between that and a slightly better persona.

However, I did like some things. I liked the way that this book delved into the world of business contracts and child working laws. I thought that was really interesting.

I started to enjoy the book a lot more when I got to the 50% mark. I was especially glued to the screen at around the 70% mark for reasons I shall not go into so I don’t spoil it. But to be honest I wasn’t really too keen on the twist anyway. It felt too…convenient? That’s not really the right word but I can’t think of any others right now.

I liked the angle that the author took. I think she chose well. And she was sure to include lots of diversity in terms of races, etc.

I know this review is pretty negative but just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t love it. I absolutely hate writing one star reviews. Please don’t forget that there are good points to this book as well.

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Just missed Earth. Almost ok.

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Goodreads author bio extract:

Carla J. Hanna is the author of award-winning young adult romance and coming of age fiction novels for readers who enjoyed Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, or John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Mrs. Hanna lived in Santa Monica, CA where her children played with the children of celebrities. She mingled with plenty of nannies and a few good celebrity moms. She received her Master’s in English/Communications from Colorado State University and lives near Denver, CO with her husband and two children.

Review: Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

Picture Perfect (Geek Girl, #3)

Publication date: June 5th 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Number of pages: 400

Series: Geek Girl 3#

Genre: YA Contemporary/Humour

Source: Purchased. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I’ll always be a geek.”

It’s the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!

Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

Does geek girl go too far this time?

The laugh out loud follow-up to award winning GEEK GIRL and MODEL MISFIT will have you in stitches.

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Review:

Picture perfect, yeah sure. In-flight entertainment perfect? Yeah, sure. All-around amazing read? Yeah SURE!

I totally geek out over the Geek Girl series. It’s like Holly Smale has been studying me closely in a hidden laboratory for years and then suddenly decided to write a book about me. While that is incredibly unlikely (I don’t think I’m currently in a lab), you have to understand what I’m getting at. Harriet Manners is SO MUCH LIKE ME. Although, however, I refer to myself as a ‘nerd’ rather than ‘geek’.

While I don’t have an absolute favourite thing about this book, all the facts scattered throughout ranks pretty highly. They’re so interesting!

If you didn’t pick it up earlier when I mentioned that in my opinion Picture Perfect was in-flight entertainment perfection, then I will point out that I read most of it aboard an aeroplane. Just as I did with Model Misfit. Really though, it is a great book to bring with you on a plane because a) you are so absorbed that you read it super quickly (not noticing time pass on a plane is a wonderful thing), b) it can make me laugh, c) it was never boring and d) I annoyed my family to bits with facts! Great, right?

Unfortunately, this was probably my least favourite read so far of the series. But that’s not to say that I didn’t love it! It would be very hard to trump Model Misfit, which was one of my favourite books of 2013!

Do I love this series to a massive extent? Yes, yes I do. Would I recommend this series to you if you asked? Yes. Over and over again.

Super excited for the next book!

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Bye, bye Earth! Out of this world.

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Goodreads author bio:

Holly SmaleHolly is the Number One bestselling, multi-award winning author of the GEEK GIRL series.

She fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn’t grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 27 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.

Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives in London or at @holsmale.

The GEEK GIRL series has been an internationally bestselling no1. smash-hit. It won the Waterstones Teen Prize of the Year and the Leeds book award, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, and was long-listed for the Carnegie.

Review: True

True by Erin McCarthy

True (True Believers, #1)

Publication date: May 7th 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Number of pages: 222

Series: True Believers (1#)

Genre: YA/NA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…

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Review:

Just a slight disclaimer for myself here – yeah I know I don’t usually review NA books. I only really read YA. But I saw this on Netgalley, under the Teens & YA category (I don’t look under NA). Yes, it was also listed under New Adult, but I figured it couldn’t be too bad if it was listed under Teens & YA.

And no, it wasn’t as bad as I’ve heard a few of them are. Sure, there were some moments, but it wasn’t awful.

And even if it was, the story would have made up for it anyway. The characters were amazing. Rory was so great. She’s totally me. Except I’m better at English than human biology. So just swap Rory and Tyler’s best subjects and you have me.

Oh my goodness. Tyler was amazing. He was actually so sweet when you looked past his stereotype.

His brother’s were fantastic! This book isn’t just about a college romance. There are also some dark themes in here, like abuse and a drug-addicted parent. And also a rarer theme – like Tyler’s brother who has Down Syndrome.

I didn’t like it at one particular point near the end, but, thank goodness it changed. Seriously, it could have wrecked the story for me.

The romance was amazing. I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without talking about it properly! But yeah, it was so cute, and both characters involved were amazing. They were so devoted to each other and it was just. So. CUTE.

Anyway, if you want to try an NA book, then I think I’ve found you a starting point.

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Bye, bye Earth! Out of this world.

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Goodreads author bio:

Erin McCarthyToday and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written almost fifty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for New Orleans, tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.