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Monday, June 29, 2015

Audiobook Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

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Audiobook Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
99 Days
Katie Cotugno
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Publication date: April 21st 2015
by Balzer & Bray

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
-A copy was provided by HarperCollins Audio for review-

I don’t really know to say about this book since I didn’t really care for it much. The only reason I finished it was because I was listening to the audiobook on the train home from NYC and I decided I might as well finish since I got that far. I don’t really know why I even wanted to read it really. Maybe because I really liked her first book, but I hate cheating so I was bound to not like this one. It wasn’t just that though. Some of the characters besides Molly just really irritated me. Then the romance was just not something I could get behind. The one thing I did enjoy about this was the narrator though. Allyson Ryan did really well at bringing emotion to the story, even though I couldn’t care less about the characters at all.

Molly was irritating, and I really just couldn’t like her. We go through each of the 99 days with her, and I never thought I would like her. First, she slept with her boyfriends brother. I mean technically, they were broken up at the time, but still. Then, she doesn’t tell him about it, and the whole town finds out because her mother wrote a book about it. A fictional book, but based on what happened. Molly goes away to a school in Arizona or something for a year, then when she comes back she is angry with her mom, and mopey about everything. But that doesn’t stop her from getting close to Gabe. In fact, things seem almost normal for a while. Until she can’t stay away from Patrick, who also has a girlfriend. Ugh!! As if she wasn’t dumb enough the first time around, then she is pretty much doing the same shit again. She is just a dumb friggin person. Okay, I’ll be fair. She’s actually smart, and has a great skill for business, but when it comes to common sense and doing what is right, she gets a big F.

I can’t even get into the romance. Pretty much she is in love with both brothers and she can’t make up her mind what or who she wants. She drove me up the wall and I wanted to tell her that she didn’t deserve anyone and she should spend the rest of her life alone. You don’t go messing with people like that. And then she keeps feeling sorry for herself. Get over yourself!!

The audio aspect of this was great. If I could have liked the book, this narrator would have made it an even more enjoyable experience. In fact, the fact that it had a good narrator was the only reason why I even decided to finish it. I look forward to listening to other audiobooks that she has narrated. I am pretty sure this was my first. She read the characters with so much feeling. If Molly had been a redeemable character at all, I may have felt sorry for her with how well Allyson Ryan brought her character to life.

I can’t say that I would recommend this book because I thought it was just awful. I did like the format it was told in. The whole countdown thing was pretty cool. I really disliked mostly all the characters. Molly was horrible, Patrick was an ass, Molly’s mom was a jerk, and Gabe drove me nuts with having to call Molly “Molly Barlow” constantly. This book was almost torturous for me. I am sure that others will enjoy it, you know, if cheating and a horrible main character are your thing. I don’t typically review books that I disliked because I usually won’t finish them, but also because then I feel like an asshole for being negative. It’s not a badly written book, I just didn’t care for the subject matter and it really just ruined the whole thing for me. I probably shouldn’t have even read it, but sometimes books surprise me even if it’s a topic I don’t typically enjoy reading. This one did not.

2 Stars
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Audiobook Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Audiobook Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Posted by on 06/26/2015 • 5 Comments

This is the second book that I have read that covers the topic of intersex, and it was very good. I love learning new things, and though I already had a small bit of knowledge, I did learn many new things. What I really enjoyed about this was that you are discovering things along with the MC. It was interesting to see her discovering this about herself at her age, not knowing that there was anything different her whole life up until that point. There were some great side characters, then some not so great ones too. I wish it had been a bit more deep and packed more emotion into it, but in general I was very pleased with it.

Kristin is a pretty popular girl, and a…

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Posted by on 06/23/2015 • 5 Comments

I admit, I loved reading the original Romeo and Juliet in school, but I know that for some people it isn’t something they enjoyed. I think that this was a fun way to get people interested in the basics of the story in a modern way. I thought the group texts and messages were entertaining. I especially loved all the emojis in it. I do have to say though, this is not a replacement for the original, but it was fun to read.

Everyone knows how the story goes. Star-crossed lovers ending in tragic death, but this book tells the story in a less morbid way. This is a kind of hard review to write since it’s not a typical book. I do think that for kids in school who…

Review: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Review: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Posted by on 06/19/2015 • 13 Comments

Don’t get me wrong – despite my three-star rating, this has got to be the most refreshing Cinderella reimagination I’ve read.

I’ve always wanted more fairy tale retellings in a Steampunk setting. It’s new, it’s unique, and visualizing all the gears and machines around characters who are based on our favorite tales from childhood simply gives me the warm fuzzies. All the possibilities! All the unique things our character can do with herself and with her surroundings!

In that aspect, this book certainly delivered.

Do you remember how Disney portrayed our favorite fairy tale heroines in the early 90s (and well before that) as ladies who needed a man in order to be happy? Remember how romance was the be-all end-all to their Happy Ever Afters?

Well, Mechanica takes all that and…

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Posted by on 06/17/2015 • 20 Comments

If ever the times comes I’d need to pick the ultimate young adult sci-fi novel, I would choose Illuminae without any second thoughts.

You guys may be well-aware of my huge love for space opera. There’s really nothing more mesmerizing than a tragic and action-packed story set in the vastness of empty space, where you are in the middle of absolute nothingness, where stars, rocks, and planets are seperated by unimaginable distances. I don’t know, it’s just such a beautiful setting for me. Maybe it’s because I find the universe to be the starting ground of life itself, or maybe it’s because I find the cosmos so romantic, or maybe it’s because I see poetry in the stars. Whatever the case, I felt all three of these in Illuminae.

And then some.


Amy’s Stacking the Shelves – BEA Edition

Amy’s Stacking the Shelves – BEA Edition

Posted by on 06/14/2015 • 10 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring the books we got this week

Hello loves!! It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. I really like to do videos and I like to do them outside, so during the winter I got lazy with it. This one is a special one since it’s my BEA book haul!! I am not going to list the books with links since it will take up a lot of space. And a lot of linking lol! I will post a pic of the books though, and I have a vlog that is ridiculously long. I don’t really expect anyone to watch it, but I wanted to make it. Anyways, on with it I guess.

Review: Normal by Graeme Cameron

Review: Normal by Graeme Cameron

Posted by on 06/11/2015 • 14 Comments

A book about a serial killer in the eyes of the serial killer… I know what you’re thinking: the morbidness! The fascinating concept! The potential to show us what it is like on the other side of the fence! The opportunity to give us such a gritty, different, and complex story!

… which boggles the mind: how the hell did this one manage to bore me the frack out?!

Here’s the thing, ladies and gents: when we’re reading a perspective from the other person when it comes to controversial issues, I expect it to be… well, deep, because they shove us an extremely unlikeable person who does extremely unlikeable (read: detestable) things so they can humanize them to a certain extent in order to make us “see” where they are coming…

BEA Recap

BEA Recap

Posted by on 06/10/2015 • 35 Comments

Hello everyone! Today I am going to do my best to recap the awesomeness that was BEA! This was my first time going, and it was both amazing and overwhelming. Luckily, I was with some pros, so it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

So off I go to NYC by train on Wednesday, while those already there enjoyed their first day atBEA. It was actually a pretty good trip. I just listened to an audiobook and enjoyed the ride. I got into NYC around 6:30pm and headed to the hotel to join Giselle from Xpresso Reads, Micheline from Lunar Rainbows, and Rashika from The Social Potato. We had so much fun! We had dinner and settled in for the…