Friday, March 30, 2018

Adventurous and Swoony: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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Adventurous and Swoony: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Starry Eyes
Jenn Bennett
Genre: Adventure, Contemporary, YA
Publication date: April 3rd, 2018
by Simon Pulse

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Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?
-A copy was provided by Simon Pulse for review-

I’ve been reading Jenn Bennett for half a decade now and she’s been one of those authors I basically just read anything by. I don’t need a summary or acclaim, I JUST NEED BOOKS BY JENN BENNETT. This book had the added advantage of having an enemies-to-lovers/friends-to-lovers romance trope and an survival-esque story so like… yeah.

Unsurprisingly, I loved this book but I also got to buddy-read it with a close friend which made my experience reading it all the more better. But as anyone knows, loving a book doesn’t make writing a review any easier. It probably makes it a lot harder.

Zorie and Lennon used to be the best of friends and were on their way to becoming something more when something goes wrong. Now they go out of their way to ignore each other’s existence. Somehow though, they end up on a camping trip with the same group of people and now they must either play nice or continue trying to snip each others heads off. When their (obnoxious, imho) group packs up and leaves while they are sleeping, Zorie and Lennon are left alone to deal with their complicated feelings about each other and the WILDERNESS. THE GODDAMN WILDERNESS.

I’ve loved a good adventure/survival story since I was in elementary school and combined with a growing romance, Zorie and Lennon’s story is truly just incredibly charming and fun to read.

Like Bennett’s other stories, it also deals with more complicated issues than just first love. Before Zorie goes on her camping trip, she finds out that not everything she knows about her family is true and her dad is a cheating asshole. She might also just be the last person to find that out?

But, also like Bennett’s other stories, it comes with a slew of amazing secondary characters who hold our characters up and are there for them when things are not going so great. Zorie’s mom is amazing and both of Lennon’s moms are amazing. Even if we have one shitty parental figure, there are so many other ones to look up to.

Starry Eyes, like other novels by Jenn Bennett, is an ode to sweet, adorkable first love. It is also a heartwarming story of families, friendships and just following your dreams. If you don’t at the very least like it, there is a chance I will think something is seriously wrong with you.I cannot recommend it and everything else by Jenn Bennett enough and hope you will pick it up.

 

4.5 Stars
4.5 Hot Espressos

11 Hate-To-Love Romances We Deserve

11 Hate-To-Love Romances We Deserve

Posted by on 03/29/2018 • 2 Comments

I am self-certified garbage for hate to love romances and any book that promises even a hint of one usually gets a spot high on my enormous TBR. This post compiles some of my favs but is by no means comprehensive because honestly, I’ve read too much to be able to keep track of everything. EVEN THOUGH I TRY.

1. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, a classic love/hate romance but maybe even better? The angst is beautiful. Don’t @ me.

2. Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Read it upon a friend’s recommendation who promised to disown me if I hated it and lucky for her, I didn’t. The hero is a total grump.

3. Married by Morning…

An Emotional 24 Hour Journey: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

An Emotional 24 Hour Journey: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

Posted by on 03/26/2018 • 0 Comments

I Have Lost My Way was my first book by Gayle Forman even though I’ve wanted to read a book by her for the past 5 years. I guess I am just going to have to go back and read more because I am in love with her writing style. I finished I Have Lost My Way feeling satisfied and warm gushiness from the good vibes in the book. However, upon hours of reflection, I can see that this book is not perfect for a number of reasons.

For starters, I was slightly uncomfortable with the way Forman wrote Harun’s story. Harun is a gay Pakistani-American. Throughout the book, we see his struggle with those identities and I felt like that struggle wasn’t really Forman’s to write about? I felt like she did…

Fresh Batch (March 25th – 31st)

Fresh Batch (March 25th – 31st)

Posted by on 03/24/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

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Other releases this week: * In no particular order *

– Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood [Purchase]– I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman [Purchase]– Ice Wolves (Elementals #1) by Amie Kaufman [Purchase]– Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter [Purchase]

– Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi [Purchase]– In Her Skin by Kim Savage [Purchase]– The Invasion (The Call #2) by Peadar Ó Guilín[Purchase]– Lost Crow Conspiracy (Blood Rose Rebellion #2) by Rosalyn Eves [Purchase]

– Frat Girl by Kiley Roache [Purchase]– Reflection (Twisted Tales #4)…

9 Books I Read For Class That I Didn’t Hate

9 Books I Read For Class That I Didn’t Hate

Posted by on 03/23/2018 • 4 Comments

I think the general assumption is that if you read a book for class, you probably aren’t going to enjoy it all that much and I think that there is some truth to that, especially depending on what kind of class it is but in my 15 years as a student, I think I’ve been lucky to actually enjoy quite a few of the books I had to read for class.

1. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

I’ve read this book multiple times for pleasure, but the first time I ever read it was actually for school! I didn’t know how much this book would come to mean to me over the years but I loved it then and I love it now.

2. The Journey by Francesca…

11 Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

11 Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

Posted by on 03/22/2018 • 5 Comments

Honestly, this list is gonna expose me so hard but you know, its okay. There are only a couple authors on here I no longer read and/or support.

1. Meg Cabot – 26 Books

I am incredibly proud this queen graces the top of my list because I love Meg Cabot and I will continue to read books by her till the end of time.

2. Anne Stuart – 20 Books

Umm. Yeah. This was a time in my life. I used to adore Anne Stuart and her books but tried picking one up again a couple months ago and I could not get into it. I still think she has a couple of strong books though that are worth reading.

3. Karina Halle – 16 Books

Also a time…

Dear Great-Grandma

Dear Great-Grandma

Posted by on 03/20/2018 • 3 Comments

Dear Great-Grandma,

I am not the best at writing letters that are also going to be on display but you know, I am trying. I recently read The Night Diary, which is currently the only book I am calling a favorite of this year and I’ve read 86 books so far. Reading it has made me incredibly pensive because the entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking that I was reading your and grandma’s story too. Sometimes its disheartening that something that impacted my family and 16 million other people so much isn’t really talked about. Everyone always talks about the liberation of India with pride or the end of a colonial rule but they always forget about the 14 million people who were displaced. The 14 million people…

Fresh Batch (March 18th – 24th)

Fresh Batch (March 18th – 24th)

Posted by on 03/17/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

The Astonishing Color of After Emily X.R. Pan Publication date: March 20th 2018by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that…