Review: 172 Hours On the Moon by Johan Harstad

15790843 Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: May 21, 2013 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 351 pages
Source: bought

It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever. Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune. Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan. Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space… no one is coming to save them.
In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.”


If you are a huge fan of sci-fi books with mystery and suspense, you’ve got to read 172 Hours on the Moon! It is written in 3rd person point of view which enhances the already existing mysterious vibe. It has 3 different point of views: Mia’s, Midori’s, and Antoine’s. I know that it is hard for some readers to follow 3 different perspectives, but it is very easy to differentiate the three protagonists. What I like about this book is that we’re given a background of the three main characters before they win the trip to the moon.

This book was really hard to put down since I was eager to know why they shouldn’t go to the moon. What was sinister about it? Will they ever survive? I just had to keep on reading even though it was late at night and I was super scared lol. I love the twist and turns that happened in the book especially the ending. One thing I did not enjoy though was the romance. It was so unrealistic and unbelievable. Good thing it was a minor part of the story! Overall I recommend this book to anyone who’d love a good scare! It’s hard to put down and is one of those books that will get you out of a reading slump.

4 of 5

Stacking the Shelves #13


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. You basically just show your books that you bought, received, or borrowed whether they are physical books, ebooks, ARCs, etc. You can create a blog post or upload a video showcasing the books you received this week.


City Love by Susane Colasanti
Eternity’s Wheel (Interworld #3) by Michael Reaves & Neil Gaiman
Dust to Dust (Ashes #2) by Melissa Walker
Crash (The Game #3) by Eve Silver
Get Dirty (Don’t Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil
Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3) by Angie Stanton
Geek Girl: Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale

Thank you HarperCollins!

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16068905 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: September 10, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
Length: 433 pages
Source: bought

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


Honestly, I was scared to read this book because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to relate to the story since I don’t fangirl. This book definitely lived up to the hype though! Fangirl is an amazing book about a girl named Cath who enjoys writing Simon Snow fanfiction. What I loved about this book besides the funny and likable characters, swoony romance, and family relationships is that it really inspired me to write. I have NEVER thought about writing; I’ve always thought I was a reader and not a writer. The fact that Rainbow Rowell’s writing influenced me to probably also major in English means that her writing is very powerful. She made me realize through Cath how writing is an amazing journey; it might have its downs like getting a writer’s block etc. but being able to create these amazing characters and have readers craving for more is an awesome feeling.

I really liked Cath. I haven’t read a book with a memorable character for quite some time now so I’m happy to say she’s one of the fictional characters I’ll never forget. She’s funny, awkward, smart, and responsible. She has a twin named Wren and between them, Wren is more outgoing, careless, irresponsible, and independent. I actually like how the author thought of their names – Catherine (Cather & Wren) GET IT!? I thought that was epic *mindblown*. I also like Cath’s roomate, Reagan. She was hilarious and she’s not afraid to say her opinion on things. There is also family involved which I liked!

For the romance, I loved it. That’s all I’m going to say. You have to find out how the romance builds on because it’s really cute!

Although it’s a 400 pgs. book, it’s a really quick read because of the witty characters and great writing style. The only thing I didn’t like is how during the last page of each chapter, there is a snippet of either Cath’s fanfiction or the actual Simon Snow story. I didn’t like it because I couldn’t relate to either Simon or Baz (the main characters in Cath’s fanfiction) since random scenes were dropped from the story.

I thought the ending was such a cliffhanger! When I saw the acknowledgements page, I was like “NO!? IT’S OVER!?”. Overall this book is a great read if you’re looking for something light. I definitely recommend it especially if you’re going into college since Cath is telling the story when she’s in her first year in university (both fall and spring semester).

4 of 5

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