May 26, 2017

Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Paperback, 528 Pages
Published May 2017

Summary: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up. 

I've been a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell since I read Eleanor & Park, and I eventually made my way to Fangirl and that became one of my favorite books of all time. So when I realized that Rowell was actually writing an entire novel based on the fanfiction story she references in her previous book, I was definitely a little bit curious, and totally excited. In Fangirl, Cath is famous for being so obsessed with the story of Simon Snow and his wizardry (similar to Harry Potter), to the point that she goes on to write fanfiction stories about the characters that helps her gain some fame in the geek world (which is, to be entirely honest, one of the best places to be). 

So yeah -- not only did Rainbow Rowell write that amazing book, but she went even further and actually wrote the fictional fanfiction that her other fictional character became known for. (Take a second to wrap your head around that one -- it took me a few minutes to explain this to my boyfriend in a way that made sense. Because contrary to popular belief, sometimes I am very, very bad with words.)

So I won this book in a giveaway, and I was excited to start it because I loved Fangirl. However, I was a bit uncertain if I was going to like it, being that I had seen/heard some mixed reviews of the book, and also being that unlike Fangirl, which was a YA contemporary novel, Carry On is entirely fantasy. (For those of you who have been around here for awhile, you'll come to learn that I am not the biggest fantasy fan around. The same goes for sci-fi books -- it's very rare that I find one that I'm 100% invested in and love. But I'm proud to report that this book captivated me from the beginning all the way to the epilogue -- all 500 pages of it! This was the first book I read since I've come back home for the summer, and let me just tell you, it was so nice to be able to sit and relax and focus on a story for hours on end with no interruptions. I couldn't tear myself away from this book and I think it was an excellent choice for the way to kick off summer vacation -- I'm so glad that it started with a book that I really enjoyed!

There were a lot of things that I really liked about this book. Since Carry On is supposed to be a fanfiction story that references previous events, I was worried that I was going to be confused or lost in the beginning, but Rowell does an excellent job of summing up previous events and the backstories of the characters without making everything drag on forever. In no time at all, I felt at home in the world of mages and I wasn't even the slightest bit lost. It was really easy to catch on to all of the backstories!

As for the characters, I really liked Simon and Baz's relationship, even though it was pretty rocky at first. (For those of you who don't know, there are some spoilers ahead if you haven't read Fangirl, so please skip to the next paragraph if you don't want the story ruined for you!) I went into this book knowing that Simon and Baz were both gay and would end up falling for each other, because that was one of Cath's biggest shockers when writing her story in Fangirl. So it was interesting to see how they both interacted with one another in the beginning of the story, when Simon didn't know he was gay, had a girlfriend, and was sworn enemies with Baz. Things certainly change by the end of the story, let me tell you. I recommend sticking around, because it's super adorable (especially the epilogue!) and you'll be glad that you did.

The story itself was really interesting, with a ton of plot twists, mysteries, and moments that made me gasp or laugh. I was particularly fond of one phrase in the book, in which Agatha admits that she spends all of the money that her parents give her on "tuition and tacos" -- AKA, my life story getting the spotlight in a Rainbow Rowell novel. You heard it here first, folks -- Agatha ends up living my life's dream.

However, there were just a couple of things with the story that I wasn't too keen on. One of them is Agatha herself, because (spoilers ahead, skip to the next paragraph!) I didn't like how she just tucked her tail and ran when Simon and Baz and Penny needed her help. Not only did she run away from the situation, but she ran away to America, an entirely different continent, and tried to start her life over. I didn't like her much at all, because I felt that throughout the book she had a tendency to act entitled and pompous and definitely wasn't a good enough friend to any of them, even when she tried to be. So she was a character that I didn't really enjoy that much. 

The only other thing I can think of that I wasn't crazy about in regards to this book was the ending itself -- not the epilogue, but the part before it! (Spoilers incoming -- skip to the next paragraph!) I felt that there was no indication of the Mage being behind everything until it all happened at once. I know that that's how cliffhangers work, and it's supposed to surprise you, but I sort of felt that there was no indication there at all, almost as if the author needed to pin the problems on somebody and just chose the Mage randomly. I can be totally missing the mark here and may have just not noticed some of the earlier clues, but that's just how I felt when I got to that end scene -- I was totally taken aback. I don't even know what ended up happening with Ebb's brother. Where the heck did he go?!

Overall, I really enjoyed Carry On. As someone who isn't a huge fantasy fan, I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did, but I ended up being happily proved wrong. Rainbow Rowell is an excellent author and she blew me away with another great story of hers -- so if you need me, I'll be waiting around for the next one! Even if you aren't a huge fantasy fan, and even if you didn't read Fangirl, I totally recommend giving this book a shot. You'll be glad you did, if you have a geeky little nerd heart like me. (And to be entirely honest, you're currently reading a post on a book blog -- like it or not, you have a geeky little nerd heart, too! <3)

May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Emily's Waiting on:

Title: The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: Nov. 7th, 2017

Summary: In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.
They’re wrong.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
He shouldn’t.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
They’re right.

The Mara Dyer series was one of my favorite series and I am so excited to hear about the spin off. I honestly never even thought of a spin off for this series so I was even more excited when I found out about it. I cant wait to dive into the mind of Noah Shaw. I'll definitely be doing a reread of Mara Dyer closer to the release of the spin off so look out for a review (as well as a review of the spin off)! 

What are you waiting on this week? Leave your links so we can stop back!

May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads Edition!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!
This Week's Topic: Summer Reads!
Summer is quickly approaching, which means tons of beach trips, which ultimately means tons of beach reads! To celebrate, I'm sharing my top ten favorite beach reads of all time with you guys. (And if you're interested in any of these books, simply click on the covers to be taken to their Goodreads pages!)

 10. Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle


Not only is this an adorable love story, but it's set on a beach in Maui, Hawaii, AKA one of my favorite places in the entire world. What are you waiting for?

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Geeks in love? Sign me up.

8. No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista


Another adorable love story (that doesn't necessarily start out as a love story!) that takes place during the summer. A perfect book to throw into your beach bag!

7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Yet another love story for the ages.

6. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen


It's basically a law that all Sarah Dessen books are designated beach reads. 

5. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen


I mean...this book is set in a beach town. Need I say more?

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


A day by the beach without some foreign sparks flying? Get out of here.

3. Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid


Nothing says summer like the ultimate road trip.

2. Return to You by Samantha Chase


I'm a huge Samantha Chase fan, and even though this book is the fourth book in a series, it totally works as a standalone. It's a super adorable love story that will make you swoon and cry at all the right times -- AKA the perfect kind of book to bring to the beach!

1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


I actually did read this book last summer during our vacation to a beach house, so I can attest to the fact that this is a perfect beach read. It's set during the summer, which means it's basically the perfect fit. And it's Morgan Matson, guys. It's already guaranteed to be the perfect summer book.

So those are my top ten summer beach reads! Now that the weather is getting warmer, I recommend heading over to your nearest library or bookstore to get these books and head to the sand and surf ASAP. Think I left any out, agree with any of my recommendations, or have some of your own? Comment down below and let me know your thoughts -- and check back next week for the next Top Ten Tuesday! :-)

May 21, 2017

Review: Me You Us by Aaron Karo


Title: Me You Us
Author: Aaron Karo
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Paperback, 320 Pages
Published June 2016

Summary: What if the secrets of dating and love were revealed in one simple formula? That’s the tantalizing proposition high school senior Shane Chambliss offers the hopeless and hapless guys who come to him for relationship advice. After the girl of his dreams breaks his heart, Shane devises a mysterious formula called the Galgorithm and establishes himself as the resident dating guru at Kingsview High School. But his attempts to master the art of romance go outrageously awry. As Shane tries to navigate the ensuing drama, he must follow his heart, abandon all the rules, and ignore his own advice in a quest for true love. What he discovers, no formula could ever predict... 

Okay, guys. The story of how I got this book is really cute and sappy. For my birthday, my boyfriend took me on a surprise trip to the city, filled with tons of activities, food and destinations that he wouldn't tell me until we arrived at them. And a Housing Works bookstore happened to be one of them. (Be still, my little geeky heart.) And then as an additional present, he bought me some books, and this was one of them. I didn't know much about it before I  read it -- I'd just heard some praise here and there, and I was curious to see what it was all about. And I'm glad I did, because this book is equal parts adorable and hysterical.

Other reviewers aren't wrong when they say that this is the perfect book for John Green fans. Being that John is my favorite author of all time, this was a prospect that seemed sort of sketchy for me at first, because I felt like no book could ever remind me of a John Green book unless it was a John Green book itself. But boy, was I wrong. It's kind of difficult to put into words, but this book just had a general feeling that reminded me so much of Looking For Alaska -- which was a great sign, because that is my absolute favorite book of all time. The main character, Shane, just had a voice equal parts witty and sarcastic that you could've told me this book was written by John Green and I would've totally believed it without an ounce of hesitation. 

I really did like this book -- especially most of the characters. Shane himself was the perfect main character, being emotional and also sarcastic at all of the right times. I also really enjoyed Jak, because she was the type of girl that didn't conform to people's ideals or fads or standards, and she had the knack for messing up some of the most perfect moments. Shane's parents were also super adorable, and they were totally relationship goals, which definitely helped Shane with his love endeavors.

Speaking of those endeavors, one of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much was the actual plot itself. The concept of a boy using his matchmaking services for the greater good to help the underdog get the girl was a totally new plot line to me, so it had me hooked from the get go. As a book blogger, I read a lot of books (duh). So a lot of the stories I read start to blend together and not stand out all that much in my mind, solely because I read so frequently and with as many books as there are in the world, sometimes it's hard to find an original idea. However, I didn't find that to be the case with this book, considering my lifelong reading experience. I thought that this idea was fresh and different, super interesting, and even really hysterical at times. I loved it. 

I won't spoil the ending for you, but I'll just say that I really liked how the book ended, even though I was a bit hesitant on that throughout the last few chapters. By the time the book ended, however, I was satisfied. I closed that book feeling sad that it was over, and realizing that I liked it a lot more than I had ever expected to. I certainly didn't think it could ever hold a candle to John Green's stories, but that it did, and here we are.

The only thing that I wasn't that crazy about in this book was Tristen, but that's more of my personal opinion than an actual problem with the plot or the writing. From the very beginning, I thought there was something off about her, but of course Shane was super into her because -- as stereotypical as it sounds here -- some guys will just be guys and the power of big boobs will keep them hooked even if the person said boobs are attached to is a little crazy. I thought something seemed weird about her from the start, and it got progressively worse as the book went on. By the end, she was practically creepy. Thank goodness some people eventually started catching on to that. I just thought she was a kind of weird character in general.

Overall, I really enjoyed Me You Us. It was a cute story about romance, heartbreak, and matchmaking, and the main character is just so witty and funny that this book will certainly have you laughing out loud at times. I'd definitely be open to reading more of Aaron Karo's work in the future, especially because he reminds me so much of John Green, who is -- as I have mentioned a million times in this post alone, and a million more times outside of the internet world -- my absolute idol as a writer and my favorite author of all time. So if you haven't read this book yet and you're looking for a quick, funny, cute romance read, this book is definitely the one for you to check out. I'm so glad I picked it up in the bookstore that day! (And of course, thank you to my absolutely amazing boyfriend for buying me it!! ♥)


May 20, 2017

2017 BookCon/BEA Packing Guide!

Yay! You're going to BEA/Bookcon again! 


For the past few years here at The Book Bratz, we've been posting a BookCon Packing Guide a few weeks prior to the event, and BookCon & BEA-attendees alike said it helped them out tremendously - especially those who were traveling to the events for the first time! So whether you're heading to BookCon, BEA, or both, check out this handy-dandy packing guide! Just run through it, check off what you have, and make mental notes about what you still have to do. We were told two years ago that there were a couple of things that were on our list that other bloggers overlooked or hadn't even thought about needing - so no matter how ready you think you are, it never hurts to give it a peek!

So without further ado, here's what we recommend packing for BookCon/BEA!

1. A backpack. 

Definitely, hands down, without a doubt. It doesn't have to be a big, huge, schoolbag-worthy one, but that's definitely the kind of one that we'd recommend. Just make sure that you'll be able to fit a decent amount of books and freebies you'll be picking up, along with your lunch and other small things. There are some totes bags that are given away during BookCon. However, don't absolutely count on it! The totes went pretty fast and then you were charged for them at certain booths, so bring a bag (and an extra tote - like the $0.99 ones you buy at the supermarket - just in case.) If you anticipate bringing a lot of books, you can also bring a suitcase to check in that you can stop off at from time to time to drop some of your books into so you can empty your backpack for another round on the floor!

2. A small cross-body bag. 

It doesn't need to be anything big--all it's for is storing your phone, your money, and your schedule. It would be way too much of a hassle to have to fish those things out of your bag of books and freebies and lunch and nonsense. Also store your business cards in there if you plan on giving them out. This was the best idea out of all that we're going to recommend to you!!

3. Your plan!

Write down all of the panels, signings and such that you know you MUST attend, along with their times and locations. And store that in your clutch for easy access. Two years ago, we made a not-so-solid plan, more of a loose guideline. Big mistake. This year, we're armed and ready with a full two-page worthy plan of what to make sure we do, what times, and how to get there.

4. Comfortable clothes/shoes. 

Sure, you want to look cute while walking around and meeting other authors and bloggers, but you want to be comfortable too! Go for some comfy-yet-causal styles such as leggings, comfy flats, or sneakers. (We seriously recommend sneakers. Blisters are not a fun way to spend your day.)

5. A sweatshirt.

Because yes, contrary to popular belief, it does get chilly in the Javits Center. It was pretty sweltering on the show floor, so we recommend something short-sleeved, but definitely bring a sweatshirt because the main stage area is a bit chilly!

6. Deodorant. 

Even though it may get chilly inside the stage room, the crushing crowds cause people to stress and sweat. Plus, since you're going to practically be squashed in with everyone, you want to make sure that you smell nice. (We wish several people had taken our advice about this when we were crammed in line waiting for John Green a few years ago.)

7. Cash. 

There's no set amount that you need to bring with you, but lunch is expensive at the Javits Center, so if you don't plan on bringing your own lunch, bring a decent amount of dough with you. Even if you do bring your lunch, bringing $40-$50 along with you is helpful for buying books, paying for luggage storage, grabbing an extra drink/snack, or (of course, duh, because this is BookCon, people!) buying some books.

*Le sigh. We wish that was how it worked*

8. Any books you want to get signed.

BookCon is going to be absolutely stuffed with amazing authors (especially our favorites!), so if you know that any of your favorites are going, toss a book of theirs in your bag to get signed. Seriously. Even if you know they aren't doing an autograph session, because you never know! Most autograph lines give out copies of the books, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

9. A lunch and some light snacks. 

The Javits Center has some nice food selections if you'd like, but they're pretty pricey and lines can possibly be miles long. Chances are, time that you will spend waiting on line at the food court is time that you could be using to check out some more amazing things that BookCon has to offer. So bring your own lunch/snacks/drinks along with you so you can eat quickly and then go back to having an awesome time. Packing a lunch and eating it while on an autographing/panel line or while you have time to kill is the best option.

10. TWO water bottles. 

Because dehydration is a nightmare, and you don't want to get sick on an awesome day like this. One water bottle was what we recommended in the past, and it wasn't enough.

11. A portable phone charger. 

Augustus Waters's death may have been inevitable (*sob*), but that doesn't mean that your phone's has to be. Portable chargers are literally the 8th wonder of the world, so charge one up the night before and bring it along with you just in case your battery percentage dips into the single digits while you're out having fun. There are really no available outlets for you to charge your phone anywhere (as Amber learned the hard way), so bring a portable charger with you and plan to use that. Charge your phone for as long as possible on the train or in the car, keep your brightness down, and only use it when you have to. The service in the Javits Center is spotty at best and your phone battery experiences some serious drainage. 

12. Business cards. 

If you're a book blogger, this event is one of the most perfect places to get the word out about your blog. Print up some business cards and bring them with you so you'll be ready to pass the word along! These were a GODSEND. We handed them out to fellow bloggers and readers we met, and even to authors during autograph sessions. You get plenty of time to endorse yourself while waiting on lines - and our follower count on the blog jumped quite a bit post-BookCon!

13. Pen/pencil and a Sharpie. 

You never know when you'll need a pen, and that applies to all areas of your life. And who knows if you'll bump into someone awesome and want their autograph?

14. Makeup/Hairbrush

As previously mentioned, you'll get pretty sweaty/disheveled during this entire ordeal, so these items are a must if you plan on slipping into the bathroom and freshening up before meeting your favorite author. 

15. Yourself, ready for an awesome time! 

Because this is going to be an awesome day!

Hopefully this packing list for BEA/BookCon helped you all out! Comment below and let us know what we left out that needs to be added to the list, your opinions on the list in general, or how excited you are for BookCon/BEA! Also make sure to share this post, because we want everyone to get to see this handy-dandy packing guide not to endorse ourselves, but to help everyone make sure they're prepared for the best day of the booknerd year! Can't wait to see all of you this year! :-)

May 19, 2017

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Paperback, 367 Pages
Published August 2016

Summary: Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

I'm a huge Colleen Hoover fan, but I hadn't had a lot of reading time in college and therefore didn't get my hands on this book as soon as it came out, which I should have. Emily did, however, (and her review is linked at the bottom of this post), and she recently encouraged me to buy it and read it before BookCon (since Colleen Hoover herself is going to be there!!!!!), so I did. And let me just tell you guys, Colleen has done it again. I haven't really disliked any books of hers as far as I can remember, and this one was no different.

As the summary explains, this is the story of a girl named Lily, who grew up in an abusive household. Once she finally managed to escape it and she found a man and fell in love, he has random outbursts that remind her of her childhood, but they're far less frequent than her father's were, and she finds herself forgiving him again and again. On top of that, a lot of things come up about her first love, and that isn't making her life any easier. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It gave you a good insight into domestic abuse from both a person who has witnessed it during her childhood and experienced it in her adult life. Before reading this book, I will sadly admit that I used to not understand why people in abusive relationships ever stayed in them -- I always said that the minute my significant other laid a hand on me, that would be the end of it and I would disappear. I was young and dumb and figured it was that simple.

This book shows you that it isn't that simple.

And this book is even based off of some of the author's own life experiences, which I didn't know until the end when I was reading the author's note and acknowledgements, which opened my eyes to the subject of domestic abuse even more. Colleen Hoover isn't just creating a character who witnessed these terrible things happen in her life. She herself has seen some of them.

I also really enjoyed Lily as a character. She was strong and independent, and she spoke her mind pretty frequently (hence her and Ryle's "naked truths"). Throughout the book, she may have some weaknesses from time to time but overall she shows strength and determination that I valued and admired. 

So it's safe to say that by the time I got to the end of this book, my mind was opened up and I realized that domestic abuse situations, while still unhealthy and definitely something that every person needs to get themselves out of, it's necessarily a "one and done" situation where it's that simple to get up and walk away.

In that same vein, that's the one thing that kept me from giving this book five stars. (Spoilers ahead, so please skip to the next paragraph if you haven't read this book yet!) I think Lily made the right choice by not getting back with Ryle, but I feel like still letting him be a part of this child's life was a bit of an iffy decision. Of course, this is only my opinion, which doesn't have much weight on the subject because I've never been a victim of domestic abuse myself. I guess seeing it from an outsider's perspective, I noticed a lot of the mistakes Lily was making (such as forgiving him multiple times, etc.) before she necessarily realized them myself. I even noticed that several other readers were Tweeting similar thoughts about the book, so I wasn't alone in that sense. So yeah...I just feel that the ending made me feel a bit weird. On one hand, I think that Lily definitely made the right decision (even if I totally shipped them in the beginning ), but still allowing Ryle to be in the baby's life at all made me feel a little bit weird. I understand that she didn't want the baby to have a tough and confusing life with Ryle not in it, but I don't know. Maybe it's just me. That's just the one part that I felt a little weird about. (But like I said, I'm no expert on domestic abuse, so I may be reading the situation in a totally different way.)

Also, time passed in weird intervals in this book. Sometimes entire months would pass in between chapters, and sometimes just days or hours would. And when these significant stretches of time passed, all the reader got was a brief brush-up on the scenario, but some of these scenes that we missed were either really sweet or important, so it sucked just a little bit that we didn't get to read the entire scenario ourselves.

Overall, I really enjoyed It Ends With Us. Even if it wasn't perfect, Colleen Hoover did it again with another book that makes you laugh, gasp, cry, and swoon at all of the perfect moments. If you were on the fence about this book because you hears about it's about domestic abuse, I still recommend picking it up and giving it a try. It's especially important if you're not a victim of abuse, because it opens your eyes and helps you to see what the situation is like from the eyes of the victim, and most importantly, it shows you how and why it isn't always that easy to walk away. I really enjoyed reading this book, and it managed to change my perception on a topic that I didn't know much about previously, so I definitely think that it served its purpose. 

May 18, 2017

My Final Words as A Book Brat... (Amber's Farewell Post)

I've dreaded writing this post for months, and I think that is why I have put it off for so long. As of now, I am leaving The Book Bratz. I knew that this point was going to come one day, but I wasn't expecting it so soon.  

I want to thank Jessica and Emily for being the best co-bloggers a girl can ask for. If it wasn't for you both we would have never made it this far. Just to think, that four years ago I sent Jessica a text about starting a blog. We were sophomores in high school and now we are about to be sophomores in college. I'll always be proud of the progress and growth we made in all this time, the friends and connections we made, and the thousands of readers world wide that we have reached. These last four years are always going to hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you both can say the same. All the memories, remember our first BookCon? Our first review? All the squealing when we were contacted by publishers? My stupid 4 a.m. questions when you guys were trying to sleep  (This part is so incredibly hard to write, I am crying as I write this.) Keep our baby alive girls, you're going to do amazing things with it. 

To all of our readers and followers and friends, thank you. Thank you for welcoming me into the blogging community. Me and Jessica were 16 when we first started blogging, we were pretty much children and the friends we made through the years never once made us feel like we didn't belong. I never blogged for the perks, I blogged because I loved it and I loved having new content for our followers. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the most incredible four years of my life. I'll still be keeping up with all of your blogs. Just not as a blogger anymore. I love all of you, and wish everyone the best on their blogging careers.

Thank you so much to all the Authors I look up to, and always will. In my blogging career I had entered some of the worst points in my life and reading is what got me through it. I was able to relate to characters and the writing. I finally felt like I wasn't a lone. All the adventures, and the romances and saving the world I've experienced through these words will stick with me forever. A million times thank you. 

I am officially crying now as I type. This isn't a goodbye, this is a see you later. 

Lots of love and a ton of hugs, signing off for the final time

May 17, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Jessica's Waiting on:

Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017

Summary: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
Adam Silvera is about to do it again with another awesome book with a totally strange and unique concept (similar to what he did in More Happy Than Not), and I'm super excited to read all about it. I finished History Is All You Left Me a  few weeks ago, and it reminded me why I loved his writing so much, and now I'm super excited for September so I can get my hands on it again. Not to mention that he's a super awesome and friendly author that I love reviewing for, so this book is another little treat of a great story that I'm excited to read! 

Also, you guys. The summary. And that title. If that didn't lure you in, I don't know if anything ever will.

What are you waiting on this week? Leave your links so I can stop back! 

May 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Buy Your Mom!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!
This Week's Topic: Books To Buy Your Mom!
My mom is actually a huge reader, so I absolutely loved this topic when I heard it. So now I've ranked the 10 books that you need to buy your mom ASAP if you haven't already, with #1 being my favorite recommendation. Here's to hoping she enjoys them! (And if you're interested in any of them, click on the covers to be taken to their Goodreads pages!)

 10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer


I remain steadfast in my belief that you haven't lived until you've officially read the Twilight series. 

9. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


We managed to get Emily's mom to read it (and she and Emily even got matching tattoos alluding to it!), and my next goal is to get my mom into it. The Caster Chronicles is a great series filled with love, loss, and lots of darkness and magic. It's a thrilling series from start to finish that Mom will love!

8. (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn


Another thrilling, chilling read that will totally blow your mind, and it's totally great enough that even your mom will understand and enjoy it. One of my personal favorite psychological thrillers!

7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


If she already loves the movie, she'll love this book even more, which goes a lot more in depth with feelings and romance and even ends up being funnier and more enjoyable than the actual movie itself.

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


I mean, I'm assuming she's read this already. And if not, it's one of the great American classics. She most definitely should pick this one up and fall in love with the allure and the struggles of this 1920's love story. 

5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige


I've been pushing this one on my mom for awhile, but she's still a little uneasy about the idea of a world where Dorothy is the evil dictator of Oz. Regardless, I think I've finally convinced her, because it takes a spin on a story that you both know and love, and it makes it something totally new!

4. Made For Us by Samantha Chase


I'm a huge fan of Samantha Chase's super sweet and heartwarming love stories, so if your mom is into romantic reads, I'd recommend this book in particular, but also anything by Samantha Chase is fair game!

3. Looking For Alaska by John Green


Because you're never too young to have a soul-searching moment.

2. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young


I've recommended this book to my mom several times and finally got her to read it -- and of course she thought it was equal parts creepy and amazing!

1. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan


Thanks to Rachel over at A Perfection Called Books, I absolutely fell in love with this book and have therefore pushed it on absolutely everybody ever since I finished reading it. I even got Emily's mom to read it! If you have any interest in a story like William and Kate's, or you just love romance in general, I am telling you guys that this is most definitely the book for you.

So those are the top ten books that I recommend buying your mom, based off of the kind of books that my own mom enjoys reading! Have you recommended any of these to your mom? Do you have other recommendations based on what you've seen? Comment down below and let me know your thoughts -- and check back next week for the next Top Ten Tuesday! :-)