Mystery Blogger Award 8.0

Hi everyone!😊

Welcome to my 8th Mystery Blogger Award! This time I’ve been nominated by the amazing Sam @ River-Moose-Reads! Thanks so much, Sam, I really appreciate it!💘If you haven’t taken a look at her gorgeous blog, then what are you waiting for?

So let’s get on with it!👌


The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog. 

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.

7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog. 

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

9. Share your link to your best post(s)


The Philosophy:

This award was created by the awesome Okoto Enigma, so be sure to check them out, too! Here is their philosophy behind creating the award:

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma


My Facts:

1. Lately I’ve been thinking about pursuing a career in sciences instead of law like I originally wanted. I don’t know, law seems really dry to me and I’m just not sure if I’m interested enough to take it on. I also may pursue a career in literature, hoping that there are some good jobs available in my future! It’s fine, though- I still have a while to decide.😊

2. I am extremely organized and I really like planning ahead. In fact, 99% of the posts on this blog are scheduled so I’m not rushing to write them at the last minute!

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the last young adult novel I’ve reread in a very long time. The only reason I reread it, though, was because I had to read it for school. But I loved it, so all is good!💜


Sam’s Questions:

Would you rather drink polyjuice mixed with cat fur or be cursed to talk in limericks only?

Probably limericks; polyjuice mixed with cat fur just seems disgusting!😳


How many minutes to midnight is your TBR?

I guess it’s around thirty minutes to midnight- it’s not about to topple me over, but I do still have quite a few books on there that I want to get through. I mean, it’s only 125 books right now, so that isn’t so much, I guess?🤷‍♀️


How do you organize your bookshelf?

Since I just got a new one, I don’t have a set way of organizing it yet. I was away at a convention the weekend I got it so my parents arranged it for me, and I’ve got to say that I like the way they did it. Here’s a picture:

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(My apologies, it isn’t the clearest!)

Worst bookish/reading habit?

Sometimes if I am utterly bored by a book, I will skim through it and tend to miss important details or tiny ones that come up later in the story. I know, it’s bad! If I do this, then I know that the book isn’t a 4.5 or 5 star read.🙅


(Weird/funny) – Make a closet cosplay for a book character. Put a picture (of just the outfit or of you wearing it). Why did you pick each piece?

I’m unfortunately going to have to skip this one for now. I read mostly contemporary and to be completely honest, I usually just skip over the parts where they describe what a character is wearing. And I read too many books to remember anyway, so it would be hard for me to come up with anything for this one. Sorry, guys!😔


My Questions:

1. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

2. Share your favourite meme or GIF!😂

3. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

4. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.

5. (Sort of) weird: What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)


My Best Posts:

I am proud of all of them and I can’t choose one!


I nominate…

1. Imogene @ Amidst the Pages

2. Emma @ Emma Janelle Reads

3. Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

You guys have no obligations to participate if you don’t wish to, it’s ultimately just for fun! I do really look forward to reading your answers if you do decide to, though!💘


So tell me, do you agree with any of my answers? Disagree? How would you answer my or Sam’s questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Windfall Review

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Title: Windfall

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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What would you do if you won millions and millions of dollars from the lottery? Me, I’d probably donate at least half of it to those in need, spend some of it on travelling the world (and on buying new books while at it!), and then save all the rest for my future.

I know my answer was pretty typical, and the answer to this question is basically what Jennifer E. Smith covers in her story Windfall. I adored the premise, the characters, and all of the fabulous morals that this story has, and I am totally going to be recommending it!

As you could have easily guessed, this novel does revolve around a lottery ticket. In fact, this is a ticket that protagonist Alice buys for her friend Teddy as a birthday present, which turned out to win him millions of dollars. Although the two of them have been supporting each other for ages through family crises, all of the money seems to be drifting the two of them apart. Will it be the end of their friendship forever, or will they return to each other as better people?

Though I did not think that Alice was really the most interesting character I’ve ever read about, she thought positively in ways that many people wouldn’t and her generosity was amazing. You know why? She bought Teddy a lottery ticket for his birthday and when he won, she insisted that he keep it all! She did not get jealous or anything- even though there were a couple disputes about the money because of both of their guilt, she seemed a-OK with everything by the end.

I liked Teddy as well, but like Alice, he too was flawed. He stayed humble about his winnings for the most part, but I found that he went a bit crazy on the spending. But hey, everyone has their own ways of managing their money, and I guess Teddy can do whatever he wants with his millions.

What drew me into this book in the first place was both the fact that I have devoured many of Smith’s other novels and my curiosity about the premise. Never have I read a book about winning the lottery, and seeing what teenage book characters would do with the earnings just intrigued me so much. Though a bit longer than it ultimately needed to be, it was very fast-paced and riveting and it absolutely had me on the edge of my seat!

Probably my favourite thing about this book is that it explored the domino effect of kindness- once you perform one kind gesture, it will go on and on and reach dozens more people. You may never think much of a tiny move such as holding the door open for someone, but little do you know that by doing that, you could hugely impact someone’s life. In this story, I was very happy to read about many similar events that mirrored this grand moral. 

All in all, that stunning cover definitely did live up to the gorgeous story inside. In spite of their flaws, the characters were fabulous, the concept was unique, and the coming-of-age element was pure gold. Contemporary lovers, if you haven’t gotten your hands on this beautiful novel yet, then I suggest you do so as soon as possible! I promise that you will be extremely captivated and inspired to do good deeds.

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Charlotte Cuts It Out Review

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Title: Charlotte Cuts It Out

Author: K.A. Barson

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lydia and I were in eighth grade when we came up with our Grand Plan to go to cosmetology school and get jobs to build our clientele while we earned business degrees. Then we’d open our own salon . . .

Now Charlotte and Lydia are juniors, in a Cosmetology Arts program where they’ll get on-the-job training and college credits at the same time. The Grand Plan is right on schedule.

Which means it’s time for Step Two: Win the Winter Style Showcase, where Cos Arts and Fashion Design teams team up to dazzle the judges with their skills.

Charlotte is sure that she and Lydia have it locked up—so sure, in fact, that she makes a life-changing bet with her mother, who wants her to give up cos for college.

And that’s when things start going off the rails.

As the clock ticks down to the night of the Showcase, Charlotte has her hands full. Design divas. Models who refuse to be styled. Unexpectedly stiff competition. And then, worst of all, Lydia—her BFF and Partner in Cos—turns out to have a slightly different Grand Plan.

Like 45 Pounds (More or Less), K.A. Barson’s Charlotte Cuts it Out is a funny, relatable story set in the heart of the Midwest, just right for girls who have big dreams of their own.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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Like many books I take out of the library, I went into Charlotte Cuts it Out almost completely blinded. I’d heard a couple bloggers talking about it, but I couldn’t recall the quality of their feedback. Knowing that I can usually trust contemporary novels for a good time, I was still curious and decided to give it a read.

This turned out to be a just above average read for me- I didn’t dislike it nor love it. It wasn’t the most unique of stories, but the protagonist really resonated with me and it was quite fast-paced.

Charlotte Cuts it Out is basically about a high schooler named Charlotte who is registered in a special program for cosmetology. She and her best friend Lydia have had a plan that would lead them to win a fashion design contest, but Lydia decides to drop out of cosmetology and pursue a different path. This means that Charlotte must participate in the contest all on her own. Will she be able to succeed by herself?

I found that Charlotte was a very wise character, and I adored her. She did make a few impulsive mistakes during the novel, but she had no problem accepting them, learning from them, and growing from them. I also really appreciated her desire to work with cancer patients in the hospital, which goes to show others how huge her warm heart really is.

Although Charlotte was fantastic, I didn’t like her selfish friend Lydia. She at first appeared to be loyal to her plan with Charlotte, so I was surprised and angered that she’d dropped out of the program without having a heart-to-heart with her first. Hence this, there was a lot of drama between the girls throughout the course of the novel, and this was one of the aspects of the story that I just did not enjoy at all.

I noticed how similar the plot was to Susan Juby’s The Fashion Committee, minus the fact that TFC is more of a romance novel and this one only had a tiny splat of unnecessary romanceThis is not a bad thing at all, but it just tells me that this book is not as unique as some others are and that it blends within the crowd. Despite saying that, though, I will say that it was for sure interesting enough to fully captivate me for 350 pages, but I wouldn’t really accept any higher number.

There were some things about this story that were awesome plus some that bothered me, but at the end of the day, I still really enjoyed it. If you are into fashion, friendship, and teen angst in your books, then Charlotte Cuts it Out deserves to be read!

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I Finally Changed My Blog Name!🎉

Hi everyone!👋

I just wanted to write up a short little post to let you all know that my days of being Kdrewkthebookworm are over! I have switched my blog name and URL to Kayla’s Book Nook, so I will no longer have to worry about cringing about my old name and you guys misspelling and mispronouncing it (hopefully, and yes, I have noticed but I keep quiet)!

If you are still used to my old URL, then no worries- typing it in the search bar will still redirect you to my blog. It will just say kaylasbooknook.com instead.😊

This is only the beginning of many changes I have in store for this blog. In the next couple of months, I plan to switch many things around on here. I don’t want to give too much away right now, but just know that I am super excited for what’s ahead!

Thanks so much for understanding, guys! I am exuberant to see where this blog takes me in the near future!🎉🎉

Love, Kayla💞

The Marvel Avengers Book Tag

Hey guys!👋

The awesome Sam @ River-Moose-Reads has tagged me in the Marvel Avengers Book Tag. Thanks so much, Sam! Her blog is gorgeous and it’s full of engaging reviews and tags, so be sure to check it out when you get a chance to!💞

I am not a huge superhero fan, but I decided to participate in this tag for the fun of it and, of course, since I was tagged for it. So let’s get started, shall we?


Iron Man: A book that made you laugh out loud.

I can’t think of a YA book that would answer this question right now, so I came up with a children’s chapter book that has always made me laugh! Kids (and teens and adults looking for a chuckle) should definitely get their hands on this book.😂


Captain America: A book that sends a positive message.

Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ is an incredibly powerful novel which sends out some great messages to its readers.👌


Thor: A book with a character whose strength you admire.

It goes without saying that Tris from Divergent has strength that is both very admirable and unbelievable!


Black Widow: A book with a kick-ass female protagonist.

Dang it, I wanted to use Tris for this one, too! Oh well, but here is the other obvious choice- Katniss!


Hulk: A book that made you incredibly angry.

Whatever made me angry on so many levels. I’d rather not think about this book, to be honest.🙅


Hawkeye: An underrated book you think more people should pay attention to.

I’m surprised that more people aren’t raving over Things We Know by Heart- it was absolutely astonishing! The reviews are mixed, but I just so happened to adore it.💘


(BONUS) Loki: A book with a twist or a surprise that tricked you.

There were so many surprises in this book- I didn’t see any of them coming! Or it could have maybe been because of the unreliable narrator. Who knows?🤷‍♀️


I tag…

1. Azia @ The Uncharted Word

2. Nihaad @ Read and Seek

3. Nathasya @ Sweater Weather

If you don’t feel like joining in, no worries! You have no obligations, but I am excited to see your picks if you do!😊


So tell me, have you read any of the aforementioned books? Opinions? What would be your answers to these prompts? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: The Devil’s Advocate

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Title: The Devil’s Advocate

Author: Michaela Haze

Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, romance, adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dahlia Clark is a Hell Broker. You want to sell your soul, she’s your girl.
The only problem? She’s not seen her boss, Luc, in over two centuries.
Not since he forced her out of hell, out of his bed and condemned her to be his eyes and ears on the surface.
As far as breakups go, it could have been better!

When Dahlia meets Samuel Rose, a male incubus with the London Underground scene wrapped around his finger, things are looking up in the romance department.
At least she can dust off a few of those cobwebs.

Wrong.
Lucifer doesn’t like it when people play with his things.
It doesn’t matter that he dumped her over two hundred years ago. The Devil wants Dahlia back, whatever the cost.

Source: Thank you so much to author Michaela Haze for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

How I Found Out About It: Author request

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This book is exactly the reason why I have no longer been accepting review requests from authors. I just almost never enjoy the books, which proves that many authors do not actually seem to read my review policy. (It may be my fault, too, for accepting the requests. But shh!) Author Michaela Haze requested for me to read and review this book for her, and under the influence that it was young adult, I accepted. Big mistake.

I have literally NO IDEA what this book was, but all I know is that it was all of the genres I don’t read mixed into one. (Why did I even accept this, again?) It was written for adults, it had elements of fantasy, and even a bit of erotica (ew!). These authors do not seem to understand that I am a teen in high school- I really should not be subjected to this stuff!

Typically in the third paragraph of my reviews I write up a brief synopsis of the book, but since I didn’t understand it, I will be passing on that for today. If you are (somehow) captivated in seeing what the book is about after reading my review, then by all means, check it out above or on Goodreads.

First, I want to talk about the characters. The protagonist’s name was Dahlia, and she was very forgettable and dull. She never seemed eager to make decisions by herself and always relied on others to make them for her, which was a definite turn-off for me. The other characters as well had no depth to them- there was literally nothing in terms of the characters for me to relate to.

Next up, the storyline. For me, unfortunately, none of the puzzle pieces really fit. The storyline got VERY sexual WAY too quickly– as I said before, I am way too young for this stuff- and it dealt with pregnancy as well, which is definitely a sensitive topic. I was mislead by the blurb; I didn’t expect any of this to be involved. Overall, I was ultimately very confused about how everything came together. 

The one perk about this book was the fact that it was written beautifully, but pushing that aside, I’m afraid I have to say that this book didn’t work for me at all. I sure won’t be recommending this to teens because I don’t think this is even supposed to be a young adult novel, but I guess this can appeal more to older readers who are more into fantasy. I usually have a hard time with this genre as it stands, and adding in mature themes makes it ten times worse for me. I’m sure The Devil’s Advocate is objectively a great book, but it’s just not the type of story I should be exposed to as a teenager. 


Rating: 🌟🌟

*I received a digital ARC of this book from author Michaela Haze in exchange for an honest review.*

Saints and Misfits Review

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Title: Saints and Misfits

Author: S.K. Ali

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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Upon the release of this book in June, there was a lot of hype surrounding it. People were praising its diverse themes and feminism, so naturally I knew that I wanted to pick it up and have a good time with it.

Okay, here’s my problem. Although I definitely did appreciate the feminism, morals and diversity, Saints and Misfits didn’t really appeal in other ways to me. I found that the main protagonist was unmemorable and that the plot moved much too slowly for me to get the most out of it.

This novel basically follows high schooler Janna. Being Muslim, a photographer, and a bookworm, she is very different from her peers and has trouble fitting in. Although her family tells her that she’s not allowed to date, she finds herself falling for a guy named Jeremy. If she does decide to break the rules and date him, will she still be respected in her Muslim community?

As I mentioned before, Janna was a dull and forgettable character. I liked that she had eclectic interests (for the record, all that most contemporary protagonists do is hang out with their friends and love interests), but for me, they just weren’t explored nearly as much as they could have been. I was super excited to hear how much Janna adores books, but if there was anything about it, it was in the tiny details of the story that I sometimes don’t tend to absorb.

Hence the fact that the pacing of this story was quite slow, I was never able to find myself completely engrossed. There were a lot of references to Muslim culture that I found hard to understand and process in my mind, and even though I appreciated the tiny bit of acquired knowledge about the culture, I know I am bound to forget it soon enough. Also, there wasn’t nearly enough swoon-worthy romance and this really disappointed me! Isn’t this technically supposed to be a romance story?

Overall, Saints and Misfits was a rather mediocre, unmemorable novel about embracing your identity and fitting in. It may not have been written with me in mind, but there is definitely potential for it to appeal to many other readers. Do you like huge loads of diversity, feminism, and coming-of-age morals in your books? If so, then go ahead and pick this one up- I can’t guarantee you’ll devour it, but I’m sure you’ll still enjoy it.

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The Halloween Book Tag//Two Weeks Late Because I’m a Rebel😈👻

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(Image credits go to Icebreaker694)

Hi everyone!💘

I would like to thank the amazing Icebreaker694 for tagging me in the Halloween Book Tag! Unfortunately, because I was only tagged on the day of Halloween, I didn’t get around to posting it before then, so I’m posting it now, two weeks after Halloween, because I am a rebel.😎

This was the first year that I didn’t feel like trick-or-treating, so instead me and some other friends went to a friend’s house to watch a scary movie. Well, watch is a bit of an overstatement. I get extremely bored by horror movies so I wasn’t really paying attention (oops?).

Anyway, let’s get started!👻


Carving Pumpkins: What book would you carve up and light on fire?

I wouldn’t go far as to say that, but in my opinion this book was absolutely horrible and I do not recommend it.🙅


Trick or Treat: Which character is a trick? Which character is a treat?

Trick- Regina George from Mean Girls

She is just so disgustingly fake, so it is a no-brainer that she is a trick.

Treat- Flora Goldwasser from Everything Must Go

Flora was a refreshing, unique, and quirky character. I adored her and she was quite a treat to read about!


Candy Corn: What’s a book that’s always sweet?

I have to agree with Icebreaker694 for this one and say any book by Kasie West! I have adored the fluffiness and sweetness of all of them so far!


Ghost: What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

I’m going to say Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss!


Dressing up in a costume: What character would you want to be for a day?

Honestly, I have no idea. Most of my reads are contemporaries so there aren’t many costumes for those characters, you get what I mean?


Blood and Gore: What book was so creepy you had to take a break from it?

I am glad to say that I do not read creepy books, so I don’t have an answer for this one.🤷‍♀️


I tag…

Anyone who is rebellious like I am and wants to complete this tag late!😎


So tell me, have you read any of the books mentioned? Opinions? What did you do for Halloween? Was it fun? What was your costume? For me, all I wore was a turquoise owl onesie! Anyway, let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Unplugged Review

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Title: Unplugged

Author: Donna Freitas

Genre & Age Group: Science fiction, dystopian, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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I first heard about Unplugged from the amazing Stephanie @ Teacher of YA. Last year when she posted a review raving about it, I was intrigued and decided to add it to my TBR. After a long wait, I was finally able to get my hands on it, and I was pumped!

This book was absolutely worth that wait. Although I wasn’t completely sucked in at all times, I still really enjoyed the high action and the riveting plot. I know that I will for sure be recommending this severely underrated book to lovers of dystopian fiction in the future!

To synopsize this story, it revolves around a teen girl named Skye. There are two worlds existing during her time- the Real World and the App World. When she was younger, she was sent to live in the App World apart from her family because they believed she deserved the best. Fasting forward a few years, Skye is unhappy in her world and would do anything to go back to her beloved family. Because the borders have closed, it is very hard for Skye to return to her old world, but she makes it by the skin of her teeth. Will she like what she sees, and most importantly, will she reunite with her family?

I really appreciated how Freitas crafted Skye. Her bravery, loyalty, and determination made her an amazing role model for readers. She risked a ton just to see her family again, and to me, that is wisdom and faithfulness at their best. I can’t wait to see how much more she develops in the next instalments of the series!

In addition to the strong main character, fantastic world-building and an engaging plot also contributed to making this novel a very enjoyable one. I absolutely adored how there were apps for everything in the appropriately named App World- they replaced stores, food, clothing, and literally anything you can name! Also, the story started off slowly and didn’t pick up the pace until about halfway through, but once it did, I LOVED it. I don’t normally devour books involving a lot of action, but this one had me sold.

All in all, having completed this book is making me very hungry for the next one. It is so riveting that the characters, plot, and world-building aspect will leave you immediately wanting more. Thus, I will again not hesitate to recommend Unplugged to avid readers of dystopian and sci-fi novels- unplug from your technology, go to the closest library or bookstore, and pick up this book! You will certainly not regret it.

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First & Then Review

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Title: First & Then

Author: Emma Mills

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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If you stay on top of my blog, then you may know that I dislike most books about sports. I am not such a huge fan of them in real life, nor am I in literature. When I first read the synopsis of First & Then, although I realized that it mentioned football, I thought that it would only be a minor element of the story. Well, I was wrong about that. Regardless, I still enjoyed most of it.

To add on, there were many elements about it that I really appreciated, as well as some that I disliked, and I’ll go into them in full detail later. I definitely liked the characters and the plot, but I think the main thing that bored me a bit about this book was, again, the sports aspect.

For a synopsis of the story, First & Then follows main character Devon. Life as far as she knows it is pretty sweet, and she wouldn’t change a thing. In spite of this, though, things still do change- when she decides to take a gym course in school, her cousin Foster and a foe named Ezra are placed into her class and prove their talent in playing football. Soon enough, Devon finds herself immersed in both football and into their personal lives.

I found Devon to be a little hard to love at first. She seemed pretty close-minded and she whined a lot, which I didn’t like at all, but I feel as if she developed immensely and amazingly as a character as she learned to accept the two boys as they were and appreciate football more.

Now for the other characters! Foster was pretty much embedded into Devon’s family, and the fact that he was included in so many of their doings was super sweet. I also thought that Ezra, despite his slightly stuck-up jock personality, had the potential to become a new book crush of mine. He honestly seemed gorgeous, but can I see myself swooning over him? Ehhh.

The plot had a bit of a slow build-up, but that’s okay. That gave me more time to get to know the amazingly crafted characters, and I’m quite thankful for that. As I said before, there was A LOT of football talk, so be sure to prepare yourself for that if you ever decide to give this novel a read.

To sum everything up, First & Then stands as a 3.5 star read in my eyes. I’m not comfortable with rating it any higher because of all the unexpected football games and lingo that went over my head, but I didn’t want to rate it any lower because the characters were fantastically real. So, are you a fan of sports? Do you want to read a story with characters that will find a place in your heart? If you answered yes to either question, then I would highly recommend this novel to you.

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