June 2015 Wrap Up

BOOKS READ

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While I only read 2 books this month, I’m happy to say I loved them both! I flipped through The Sea of Monsters like there was no tomorrow & finished it in 1 day. Clockwork Princess KILLED me *sobs*. That epilogue was so sad yet beautiful. Reviews are coming soon!

BLOG UPDATES

Wow I have not done a wrap up post since February of this year! That’s crazy. I’ve been in an on & off blogging + reading slump ever since 2015 started so I’m really sorry for the lack of posts and comments. All I have to say is get ready for my new posts and I promise I’ll interact more in the blogosphere! I also lowered my reading challenge from 115 books to 100 because I don’t think I could read 115, and I am very behind my goal :(.

CURRENTLY READING

I am currently reading Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix and I literally just started reading it so I don’t have much to say yet..

MY LIFE

Summer vacation started like a month ago for me and I don’t have school until August 24th :) yay! Also, I’ll be FINALLY taking my (written) driving test on July 6th aaaand I got a job! Yay. I’m very excited because it’s my first job and I’ll be working at my school starting August. I’m really excited and nervous at the same time. Besides that, I’ve been hanging out with my family and friends. My friends and I actually went to the Color Run event and it was so much fun!

Review: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

23287168 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: June 16, 2015 by HarperCollins
Length: 304 pages
Source: HarperCollins (ARC)

“Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.”

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I got two words for this book: SO GOOD. I was hooked on from start to finish because I really wanted to know what would happen in the end. Would Ella forgive Matt? Why did Matt leave Ella out of the blue? I believe it only took me a day and a half to finish The Night We Said Yes. This book switches from past to present so we could see how everything changed from when Matt and Ella were together to them not even being friends. At the first few chapters, I was a bit confused whether I was reading the past or present because the events were very similar. The present was kind of like re-enacting the past. Don’t worry though, before the chapter begins, it will say “Present” or “Past”.

What made me love this book so much is because it was very relatable and the timing was perfect when I read this book. Let’s just say something like this happened to me a couple of hours before I started reading this. I thought it was crazy that I was reading a story that was similar to the stuff happening to me in real life.

I love Ella and Matt together and as a person! I finally have an answer to the question “which fictional characters do you ship?”. It would have to be THEM because they rock! Ella isn’t quite outgoing but she isn’t shy either which is definitely like me. Matt has a really cute personality and he’s just so realistic. He is part of a band and plays the bass. I also love the side characters which are Ella and Matt’s best friends. All these characters are flawed which made me love them more.

Overall I totally recommend you reading this especially if you’re a contemporary lover like me. I don’t even know how many times I mentioned the word love in this review haha. It is definitely a quick read and one of those books that is memorable. I can see myself reading this in the future (and this is coming from a reader who doesn’t like rereading).

Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

17383918 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: October 22, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Series: #3 (Divergent)
Length: 526 pages
Source: Bought

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

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I have mixed feelings for this book, but for the most part I did enjoy reading Allegiant. I’ll start off with what I did not like. I understand why Veronica did the dual point of view with Tris and Tobias and I DO like it, but what I did not like is how they sounded so similar. Even though at the beginning of the chapter it says who’s narrating it, it still gets confusing especially if you decide to stop reading in the middle of the chapter then continue to read it later on. Also I think Allegiant has a much slower pace compared to Divergent and Insurgent maybe because of our questions finally being answered since it’s the finale, but nonetheless I still managed to fly through this book (not as quickly as I did for Divergent & Insurgent though). Also I thought the “big revelation” was a bit anticlimactic..like the explanation made sense, but I thought “oh okay…that’s it?” I was looking for something more, but I’m glad that it did made sense.

Now on to the things I loved. I really loved the character developments especially with Four. I also like the themes presented in this book which are love, sacrifice, friendship, and of course bravery. Believe it or not, I really like what happens in the end. I already know the big bang that happens before going into it because someone spoiled me on Instagram, but I do like it because it makes sense since the trilogy is about being brave and selfless. I actually cried in some parts of the book which I rarely do because I’m not a crier when it comes to reading books, but this one just made me so sad for all the characters. Overall I highly recommend you to read this because it is one of those books that will make you feel all the feels and a book that will leave an impact on you in so many ways.

4 of 5


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