April 2017 Book Haul

Hi everyone!☺️

Another month has flown by, which means that it’s time for another one of my book haul posts! So, sit back, relax, and see all the books I got my hands on this month.😄

Borrowed from the library:

Received from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review:

Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review:

Received from authors/publicists in exchange for an honest review:

Bought at Indigo:

Here’s a warm thank you to Indigo Books & Music Inc, publishers from Netgalley, author Leigh Belrose, and publicist Mickey Mikkelson for all the ARCs! I wasn’t able to get to all of them this month, but I will for sure strive to read them in May!💜

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What books did YOU get your hands on this month? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Scorpion Rules Review


Title: The Scorpion Rules

Author: Erin Bow

Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, dystopian, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

The children of world leaders are held hostage in an attempt to keep the peace in this “slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel.

Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Start a war and your hostage dies.

The system has worked for centuries. Parents don’t want to see their children murdered.

Greta will be free if she can make it to her eighteenth birthday. Until then she is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives at the Precepture. He’s a hostage from a new American alliance, and he defies the machines that control every part of their lives—and is severely punished for it. His rebellion opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under, and to the subtle resistance of her companions. And Greta discovers her own quiet power.

Then Elian’s country declares war on Greta’s and invades the prefecture, taking the hostages hostage. Now the great Talis is furious, and coming himself to deliver punishment. Which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed…unless Greta can think of a way to break all the rules.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: By browsing through the books at my school’s library


One day recently, I had a fantasy craving. I was just getting so sick of all the contemporaries that I’d been reading, so I decided that I wanted a tiny change in scenery for my next read. So, while browsing through the books at my school’s library, The Scorpion Rules caught my eye. Though I was taking a risk by reading it, I still decided to crave some fantasy.

Just as I’d expected, three stars were what came out of this book. I enjoyed it, but only to an extent. There were still a plethora of things that I, the world’s most avid contemporary reader, was bothered by.

To briefly synopsize the book, it centred upon a girl named Greta, who is a Child of Peace. In this world of hers, anyone who wants to rule must give up their child for hostage. If Greta can survive until age 18, then she will be freed, but is still willing to make sacrifices. But when she meets Elian, she discovers that she is more powerful than she’d thought. When his country starts a war with hers, they both strive to keep themselves out of trouble.

This is yet another story with unmemorable characters, and I hate that! I just want a character that I will be able to remember for once, that is literally all I ask! Greta, the protagonist, was an example of this. Though she was brave, she was practically no different from any other main character in the dystopian novels I’ve read.

There was a love triangle in this story (another trope?!) and it was an annoying one, too. Greta was literally going back and forth between Elian and her best friend whose name goes along the lines of “Xia.” The synopsis misleads us in saying that she bonds with Elian, because there are really two love interests in the story. In spite of this, I did appreciate the diversity brought to us in this story with Greta being bisexual and there being mixed cultures.

As I write this review, I finished this book ten days ago, and I cannot tell you a single event that happened in this story. That’s how unmemorable this book honestly is! The plot was thrown all over the place and I often found myself quite bored while reading The Scorpion Rules.

The one pro I can recall about this book was its writing. Boy, did I fall in love! The writing was mystical, beautiful, and lyrical. I really wish that more contemporaries were written that way!

All in all, like what often happens with darker books of this sort, I didn’t fall in love with The Scorpion Rules. Well, I fell in love with the writing, but everything else? Not really. I’m sure that experienced fantasy readers would get more of a kick out of this one- it was flawed, but it still had its good traits.

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Unrivaled Review


Title: Unrivaled

Author: Alyson Noël

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, mystery, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Everyone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

Unrivaled is #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël’s first book in a thrilling suspense trilogy about how our most desperate dreams can become our darkest nightmares.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging


In spite of seeing quite a few rant reviews on Unrivaled (as well as some gushing ones), I was ultimately intrigued by the synopsis, so I decided to give it a go. California? Models? Mystery? What could be better?

Unfortunately, as with many of my reads lately, this one didn’t particularly meet my expectations. I found it to be rather long and boring with many undeveloped characters. 

For a brief summary, Unrivaled revolves around models Layla, Aster, Tommy, and Madison, who is the most well-known model in Hollywood. When the other three models receive VIP invitations to the nightlife in LA, they take advantage of them right away as they enter a competition against Madison to replace her as the hottest model in LA. But then Madison goes missing, and now it is up to them to chronicle what happened.

I felt like the four main characters of this book just weren’t developed enough. They were all stuck-up in their own ways, but that is a trait I can assign to all of them. They just weren’t memorable, and they had no traits that helped me distinguish them from each other. If I hadn’t been writing this review right now, I doubt I’d even be able to remember their names.

This book’s plot was also not very up to par. A whole lot of nothingness happened for the first 80% of the book, which surprises me because there is supposed to be such a big mystery aspect to it. By the time the plot *finally* sped up by the end, it was kind of too late for me to be excited since I had already been sitting through over 300 pages of boringness!

All in all, I was expecting a fun, flashy story about the real struggles teen models in Hollywood face, but basically, all I got was blah. This book had such a captivating premise and the writing was amazing, but all the other more important elements that make for a good story were lacking. This book did end with a cliffhanger, though, so I still want to continue on with the series and see if things get better. 

If you’re curious about how teen models really live their lives, then Unrivaled is the book for you. It paints a great picture of what they actually go through every single day, but just don’t expect the characters and the slow-moving plot to wow you.

Top Ten Thursday #49

Hi everyone!☺️

For this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I wanted to talk about some books I’ve read that are outside of my comfort zone, as well as some on my TBR. This post will be split into two halves according to whether or not I’ve read them.

I REALLY want to try to read some more books outside of my comfort zone, most of which include fantasy books. I guess that this post is a vow for me to keep trying with these books, haha!

So let’s get on with it, shall we?😄

Books I’ve Read Outside of my Comfort Zone


When I saw Wintersong on the Indigo ARC newsletter, its cover instantly drew me in. Despite its genre, I knew I needed it in my life. And low and behold, I loved it!💞


I picked this one up on impulse at my school’s library to try out a new kind of book, but unfortunately, I didn’t love The Scorpion Rules. Review to come!


The Raven Boys is a very hyped book. Even though I am not normally comfortable with high fantasy, I still wanted to check it out to see what others were loving. To be honest, it was not my favourite. (Don’t kill me now!)😧


Hunger is probably the longest book I’ve read, but it was still pretty captivating, if I do say so myself.☺️


I had no interest in Harry Potter for literally the longest time, but I was blown away when I gave in and tried it out! I still have to read all the books in the series after Prisoner of Azkaban, though.🙊

Books I Want to *Try* Outside of my Comfort Zone


My Sister’s Keeper is a contemporary novel, but it looks a bit mature and emotionally triggering. I still plan on giving it a go, though… someday.😂


This book has over 800 FREAKING PAGES. As much as I want to dive back into The Lunar Chronicles, this book’s length is killing me!😫


Uprooted looks interesting, but A) it is a fantasy novel, and B) it is speculated to have some mature themes. I guess I’ll wait until I read some more YA fantasy before diving in.


I’ll be taking a risk with reading Hush, Hush- I am very far from being the biggest fan of paranormal books. This book does look interesting enough for me to give it a try, though!


Last but not least, readers either love or hate The 5th Wave. There’s no in-between, so I’m afraid of falling into the latter!

So tell me, what books have you read that are outside of your comfort zone? Any on your TBR? Have you read any of these books? Opinions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Rapid Fire Book Tag🔥

Hi everyone!☺️

I am back with another tag today, all thanks to the awesome Ann @ Ann’s Reading Corner who tagged me in the Rapid Fire Book Tag. Thank you so much, Ann!💜 I absolutely love her blog, so please be sure to press the link connected to her name to view the amazingness that it is!

This is the Rapid Fire book tag, so my answers are going to be, well, rapid fire. I have already answered most of these questions somewhere on my blog anyway, so most will not require long explanations.☺️

So let’s get to it!

EBooks or physical books?

Physical books! I love the feeling of having a paper book in my hands.💘

Paperbacks or hardbacks?

It all depends. I like the look of hardbacks more, but to read, probably paperbacks because of their lighter weight.


Online or in-store book shopping?

In-store! I just love seeing the physical books and being able to take them home right away.💜

Trilogies or series?

Again, this all depends. If I like a book and want more of the story, I’d say series, but trilogies are often enough to wrap up every last thought and event.

Heroes or villains?

Heroes’ and villains’ backstories are both interesting, but I will have to go with heroes because, well, they’re heroes

A book you want everyone to read?

Besides LFA, SYBG, & SCS, at least one of which I’ve been talking about in almost every tag or Top Ten Thursday post, I’d say that everyone should read Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin for its morals and diversity.💘

Recommend an underrated book!

Well, the book above🔼 is pretty underrated, but another one that deserves much more love is The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. YOU SHOULD ALL READ IT! *throws book into your face*😂

The last book I finished:

At the time of writing this, it was This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Like all of her books, it was cute, but not my favourite. I gave it 3.5 stars and you’ll be seeing my review for it soon!☺️

Weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark?

Probably receipts left in library books.😂

Used books: yes or no?

Not really to buy, but to borrow, sure!

Top three favourite genres?

  1. Young Adult Contemporary (as you all know by now😂 )
  2. Young Adult Dystopian/Sci-Fi
  3. Young Adult Historical Fiction

Borrow or buy?

As much as I love owning books, I love using the library so I can amass many reads at once and so I can return a book if I dislike it.👌

Characters or plot?

Probably characters. If I can connect to a character, then I am more likely to enjoy the book.

Long or short books?

I definitely prefer short but sweet books!💜

Long or short chapters?

Short ones, they speed up my reading.

Name the first three books you think of:

  1. Run by Kody Keplinger
  2.  The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  3. Geek Girl by Holly Smale


Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh for sure, I really don’t like crying!😂

Our world or fictional worlds?

Our world; I mostly read contemporaries, haha!

Audiobooks: yes or no?

Absolutely not!😟

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Yes, I am definitely guilty of doing this. Read all about it here!🙊

Book to Movie or Book to TV adaptations?

Movie adaptations, I usually don’t have the patience to watch entire TV shows.🙅

Series or standalones?

This all depends on the story and whether or not I feel more should be added onto it.

I tag…

  1. Nashaly @ The Book Theater
  2. Madi @ The BookNerd Diaries
  3. Regina @ Bookish in Bed

If you have already done this tag or don’t feel like doing it, I totally understand, but I would love to see your answers to these questions!💘

So tell me, have you read any of the books mentioned? Opinions? Do you (dis)agree with any of my answers? How would you answer any of these questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Haters Review


Title: The Haters

Author: Jesse Andrews

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.

Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.

In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging


Jesse Andrews’ other book, Me & Earl, and the Dying Girl, was a true winner for me. I loved its wit, humour and charm, so I decided that I couldn’t go wrong with picking up The Haters…. right?

It turned out that hence the fairly negative reviews I’ve been seeing about this book, I didn’t really enjoy it, either. This book has a 3.44 average rating on Goodreads, so I don’t even know why I bothered reading this thing.

This book’s plot was so messy that I can barely summarize this book from the top of my head, but using its synopsis, I’ll give it my best shot. Okay, so The Haters follows friends Wes and Corey, who are part of a jazz camp. They haven’t been liking it, so they decide to escape. So, with the help of friends, they go on to take the best road trip of their lives and start touring.

First, I must say that I disliked both main characters. This book was honestly such a mess that I couldn’t even identify which one of them played more of a part in everything. They lacked personality traits and they were both rebellious (in a not-so-good way!) and immature. I mean, these guys disregard their parents’ strict rules and do *things* with girls behind their backs, how irresponsible! Kids, if you don’t trust my word and decide to read this book anyway, then DO NOT follow Wes and Corey’s lead in real life. Just don’t.

Next, as for the plot, this uneventful, boring book had not even a single drop of one. It physically HURT my head to read this book- things were so scrambled around and there were so many random characters and ships and just AGHHHHH! This is just my opinion, but if you think that this book has any trace of a plot, you are out of your mind.

Even though I enjoyed Andrews’ writing style in MAEATDG, I don’t know what happened in this one. Maybe it wore off on me, maybe it didn’t go that well with this book’s context… I don’t even know. There are lots of possibilities. All I know is that after this piece of disappointment, I probably won’t be giving Jesse Andrews’ books another chance.

Overall, this book definitely had the potential to be a favourite, but it simply DID NOT FOLLOW THROUGH. I could try to recommend it to music lovers in bands, but I simply cannot guarantee that you’ll enjoy it. Truthfully, I am being extra generous with this 2 star rating- I did not like this book one bit.



*I haven’t yet had the chance to make a 2-star rating edit similar to my other ones- I will put it here once I do*

5 to 1 Review


Title: 5 to 1

Author: Holly Bodger

Genre & Age Group: Dystopian, science fiction, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa doesn’t want to be a wife, and Contestant Five, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Five’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Five thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

Told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Contestant Five’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads


Upon first hearing about 5 to 1, I became very excited to read it. It seemed like a diverse, unique story from a perspective that we don’t often hear from in YA fiction, so I was ready to take a dive in!

I enjoyed 5 to 1, but I wouldn’t say it was love. I loved the premise and the main character, but like many other 3.5 star reads, there were definitely some little things that bothered me about it.

This story follows the dual POVs of teens Sudasa and Kiran (a.k.a. “Contestant Five”). It is 2054, and in India, the ratio of boys to girls is 5 to 1, hence the title. Since the number of girls in India is so numbered, boys now have to take tests in order to find a wife. Sudasa and Contestant Five both have desires other than getting married, but Sudasa’s family would like her to choose a boy that keeps her safe, and for Contestant Five, his family just wants him to find a way out of the mess.

First, I just wanted to point out the unique formatting of this book. It may not work for some readers, so this is why I wanted to give you the heads up now. Sudasa’s POV is written in verse and Contestant Five’s is written in paragraphs, so even though it is a good way to distinguish the POVs, I know that many people are not fans of verse. Just be prepared if you decide to pick this one up!

I would have to say that the protagonist, Sudasa, was the focal point of this book. I found her to be a loyal, determined, bold, and confident character who never let anything get her down. These characters are the type that I always enjoy reading about, and even though Sudasa may simply ‘blend into the crowd’ a year from now, she was still awesome to read about.
As for Kiran/Contestant Five, I just found him to be forgettable. He lacked charm and I simply couldn’t relate to him. He did have many good insights about his world, but honestly, this book would have been just as great, or maybe even better, without his POV in the mix.

All in all, this book seemed pretty promising, but it didn’t turn out to be a favourite. The plot was interesting and so was the strong character of Sudasa, but everything else, including the writing style at times, didn’t really fit the bill. I think that those who enjoy diverse stories written in verse (hey, that rhymes!) with a strong protagonist will get the most out of 5 to 1.

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1-Year Anniversary Q + A Answer Post🎉

Hi everyone!☺️

On April 10th, I celebrated my first blogiversary! Along with that, I also announced my first ever Q&A, and this is where I will be answering all of the questions I received!

You guys all asked great questions, and I can’t wait to answer them! Thank you so much to all of you who participated, it means so much to me!💜

So let’s get started!

Stephanie @ TeacherOfYA asks: “What is your fave genre of all time? Like if you could only read one genre forever? 😉🙃

Contemporary, 100%! I just love any fluffy, realistic book that can lift up my spirits.☺️

Shouni @ Through the Book Portal asks: “Do you have an auto – read author? (Like an author whose book you’ll read no matter what they wrote)”

I have many auto-read authors! Some of these include Morgan Matson, Kiera Cass, R.J. Palacio, my aunty Robyn Levy, and SO MANY MORE.💜

Krysti @ YA and Wine asks: “If you could give one piece of advice to beginning bloggers, what would it be?”

Similarly, Rosie @ The Book Cover Girls asks: “Do you have any blogging advice? What are some lessons you’ve learned in your first year of blogging that you could pass on?”

My biggest piece of blogging advice would be to be yourself and to not be afraid to let out your personality on your blog. It is rather easy to tell if you aren’t being authentic, and thus it will be harder to draw in followers if you are a fake version of yourself. Go all out with your personality, and I promise that others will go all out and follow you.😉

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books asks: “What are your hobbies? (Besides reading and blogging)”

Besides reading and blogging, I love hanging out with friends and family, reading random articles on my computer (ahem, BUZZFEED!), using social media, and studying. Yes. You heard me. I enjoy studying. I am just a learner at heart, so I love to jam information into my brain like the world is about to end, haha!😂

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions asks: “Name three books that you can’t live without?”

This question is hard to answer but at the same time quite easy- I have so many favourites, but I think I just may be able to pinpoint three ultimate, ULTIMATE favourites. Here they are:

Miss Elizabeth asks: “What advice can you give to other bloggers looking to expand their following base?
What was the funnest part about getting your blog to its current success?”

As for the first question, I’ve already answered it above, haha!

For the second question, I would have to say that the *most fun* part would have to have been interacting with other bloggers and reading their posts. Reading other posts gives me so much inspiration, and of course, I twist other bloggers’ ideas and make them my own on my blog. Also, I ultimately just love seeing what other avid YA readers are reading and talking about!💘

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews asks: “Is there a genre you don’t read much, but would like to try more?
If you could only recommend one book what would it be?
Besides reading, what are some of your favourite things?”

Similar to Lauren’s first question, Ashley @ Inside my Minds asks: “What is your least favorite genre to read and why?”

My least favourite genre is fantasy. I don’t read a lot of it, but lately I have been trying to read some more of it. I have to admit, I haven’t been loving most of the fantasies I’ve been reading. For me, I think I’m better off sticking with contemporaries and dystopians, haha!😂

For the book recommendation(s), see my answer to Raven’s question above.

Besides books, I love technology, chocolate, chicken, pizza, French fries, my friends, my family, my dog, intellectual games and puzzles, dance, yoga, and lots more!❤️

Tiana @ The Book Raven asks: “What is the first book that comes to mind when you think of the word treasure? Also, what do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?”

When I think of the word “treasure,” I am not confined to thinking about just one book. What comes into my head are all of the beautiful books I’ve read over the years, and it is so hard to pick just one treasure out of all of them!

Five years from now, I hope to be studying law, medicine, or statistics at a good university. I don’t know where exactly I want to go yet, but as of right now, I think I would prefer to stay near my family and friends.💘

Dez @ The Fun in Reading Books asks: “What’s the book that disappointed you big time?”

I went into Lost & Found by Brooke Davis with such high hopes, but quite frankly, I didn’t completely enjoy the book. It was kind of sad- even though it was my first foray into adult fiction, I didn’t expect everything to go over my head!😧

Amy @ A Magical World of Words asks: “Are there any bloggers who’ve influenced you or helped you along your blogging journey?”

Yes, there are SO many bloggers who I’m inspired by! Here are just a few out of literally dozens of them:

…and the list could probably circle around the world at least twice if I kept going! You guys MUST check out all of their awesome blogs!💘

Thank you once again for all of your amazing questions, guys! I had such a fun time answering them!❤️

So tell me, do you still have any unanswered questions to ask about me?😂 Do you (dis)agree with any of my answers? How would you answer these questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Review


Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads


I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book ever since I started blogging, so when I found it on display at my school’s library, I decided to join in on the fun and see what all the hype was about.☺️

Wow, was this book astonishing! I absolutely loved The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It was witty, funny, and relatable, and those are some qualities that I just adore in my books. I can definitely see why so many people read it proudly and why so many schools endorse it as required reading.

For a brief summary of the novel, it is about a boy named Junior, who has been growing up on an Indian reservation. To prove to others that Indians don’t need to be confined to their own spaces, he decides to start attending the predominantly white school across town, and he is astonished at what happens.

I couldn’t help but adore the character that was Junior. He was relatable, charming, and hilarious (in an amazing way!), and I also loved the fact that he loved BOOKS! I also found him to be quite the risk-taker- it takes serious guts to be able to do what he did in trying out a predominantly white school being Indian, and he always kept on a brave face. Lastly, his development by the end of the book was phenomenal, as he became so much prouder of himself and his culture!

The plot, though not necessarily the strongest, ran smoothly and quickly. I basically soared through this book’s fine pages; I loved it so much and I barely wanted to put it down, even if my life depended on it!

This book is definitely not your typical YA contemporary novel, as it includes PICTURES! (Haha, finally!) Junior loves to draw and many of the things rambling around in his mind during the story are showcased in this book, and many of them gave me a great laugh.☺️

If you are on the lookout for a diverse story with a relatable protagonist and strong morals, then TATDOAPTI is for you. I know I will remember this one for years to come because of its pure awesomeness, engaging writing style, wit, charm, and diverse themes.


ARC Review: One Italian Summer


Title: One Italian Summer

Author: Keris Stainton

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

Source: Thanks so much to Bonnier Zaffre/Hot Key Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley


One Italian Summer was such an uplifting, adorable story. The second I saw it on Netgalley, I knew I needed it in my hands. Visiting Italy has always been one of my dreams, and I was so happy to be able to in this book!

To briefly synopsize the story, it follows a teenage girl named Millie whose family travels to Rome, Italy almost every year. This year, though, will be her first time going after her dad passed away, and she is scared that it will be different and just not as fun as it used to be. Adding in being scared to see a guy whom she’d hooked up with the year before, Millie has even more to be anxious about. Will Milly be able to find herself again through all of this mess?

I have to say that I was really fond of Millie. Her sweetness and loyalty stunned me, and even though her dad’s death did get her upset once in a while, I believe that she was able to work through it and distract herself very well. I definitely saw bits and pieces of myself in her, and that is one thing I love about certain book protagonists.

Although I’m not completely sure if Millie and the love interest Luke were *the best* for each other, the romance was definitely still noteworthy and cute. I don’t think it was this book’s best quality, though.

As for the plot, there honestly weren’t a ton of notable events in this story- it mainly focused on the characters, especially Millie mourning over her late father. But then again, most contemporaries I read don’t have the most frivolous plots, so it’s totally fine with me!☺️

Also, may I take a second to talk about the FAMILY TIES in this book?! I absolutely loved Millie’s relationships with her remaining family members. Despite the fact that her dad’s death kind of ripped them apart, I loved seeing them brought back together by the end of the book.

The one tiny thing that bugged me about this book was that yes, it was set in Italy, but there were very limited descriptions of the country. I wanted to hear more about the beauty of a place that Italy is! All it takes is one extra page to describe all of Millie’s beautiful surroundings, come on!

All in all, One Italian Summer did not disappoint at all, and I enjoyed it immensely. From its strong characters to its family ties, there is truly something in this book for all YA contemporary lovers. So, if you dream of going to Italy, you’ll get an awesome chance to in this book once it is published on May 4th, 2017!☺️


*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*