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6/21/2018

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody | Book Review #108







The Bookish Island's Book Review:

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody 





Are there spoilers?
A few ones may have escaped me.

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Title: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father 

Author: Jessica Brody

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Pages: 352

Publisher:  FSG

Published: 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Date Read: Nov. 28, 2017

Rating: ★★★★✩



Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. 

Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.





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My Review:

I've said this before, I'm so into Jessica Brody's writing. It's so easy to follow and all her characters are so well written.

Anyways... I loved this book. Well -not completely because I wish there was more action to it. In the sense that for a story about a rich heiress that has to get 52 jobs there wasn't a lot about her doing all 52 jobs in the way you'd expect. Which now that I'm thinking about it. It's better there wasn't so scratch that  I like that it didn't go into too much detail about the jobs.

The romance in this was between Lexi and her fathers inter, Luke. And I totally approved of this relationship from the moment they met. Yeah, Luke was basically trying to impress Lexi's dad the whole time but he also wanted her to follow through with her side of the agreement. Do all 52 jobs and learn from it. And yes, from the start they did have a hate-to-love thing going on but it was so well done I didn't hate it myself. 




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6/20/2018

Can't Wait Wednesday #9 - The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas

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Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings

I've decided to switch to this since Waiting On Wednesday has been over for a long time now. But its basically the same concept. Books that I can't wait to get my hands on or am really interested in that are to be released soon.


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Why I Can't Wait:
Just because it sounds fun. 😜😄




The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas 

As witty as it is heartpounding, this fresh take on the beloved superhero genre is all about finding your own way to shine even when it seems everyone else around you is, well... super.

Never trust a guy in spandex.

In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.
That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.
After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Supervillain and Me is a hilarious, sweet, and action-packed novel by debut author Danielle Banas that proves no one is perfect, not even superheroes.

Published by: Swoon Reads
The Release Date for the book is:
July 10, 2018


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6/18/2018

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard | Book Review #107








The Bookish Island's Book Review:
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard 




Are there spoilers?
A few ones may have escaped me.

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Title: And We Stay

Author: Jenny Hubbard

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Pages: 225

Publisher: Ember

Published: 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Boarding School, Poetry, Fiction

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Date Read: May 19 to May 26, 2018


Rating: ★★★★★



Senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend, Emily Beam, and then takes his own life. Soon after, angry and guilt-ridden Emily is sent to a boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where two quirky fellow students and the spirit of Emily Dickinson offer helping hands. But it is up to Emily Beam to heal her own damaged self, to find the good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.




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My Review:

And We Stay is the story about a girl who struggles to keep going after her boyfriend shots himself.
To me, the scenes on the pages were painted in all kinds of colors.

 I didn't think I would understand this book because there were poems in between and it dealt with a lot of stuff. But I was surprised when I found myself getting emotional as I read it. I mostly got angry and Paul and at Emily's parents, but I also got happy in the end for Emily.

There were poems in this story. They are the poems that Emily writes in secret to put her thoughts and emotions to paper and try to make sense of them. They were so clear and real and I loved reading them.

I wish I could say more but I don't want to spoil it. But if you have read it and want to discuss write me a comment below.





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6/17/2018

After Hours by Claire Kennedy | Book Review #106







The Bookish Island's Book Review:

After Hours by Claire Kennedy





Are there spoilers?
A few ones may have escaped me.

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Title: After Hours

Author: Claire Kennedy

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Pages: 256

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Date Read: Sep. 28, 2017

Rating: ★★★✩✩


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My Review:

I first got attached to this book because of the cover. And after I read the blurb I thought it was going to e a cute Hate-to-Love romance set in a restaurant work environment, But after I started reading it I quickly caught on that it wasn't going to be what I expected. So the cover deceived me.

With 4 Points of View, Finn, Isa, Peter and Xavi; and all of them being well-written characters. I loved that. They all dealt with very heavy issues. All of these 4 characters grew and learned from what they had to go through in this book. My favorite characters are, Xavi, for working hard for the money and not letting others get I the way of that. Despite some (I think) illegal thing that went on.

The romance in this was both all over the place and lacking in all the right ways. For me, there weren't swoon-worthy scenes. It just wasn't for me. 

After Hours is fun, a fast read and different than I was used to reading. Lets also not forget that I just so happen to have started reading this book while waiting in my mom's car under full sun with no A/C while she waited in a long ass line for gasoline.
Guys, I had to drink a really hot and disgusting can of grape soda because I almost got dehydrated. And yes, the windows were all rolled down. It didn't make a difference since there was no wind. 
P.S. I read this shortly after Hurricane Maria passed by us here in Puerto Rico. 




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6/11/2018

Monthly Wrap-Up | April & May 2018




I did not read that many books in either of these months but I'm hoping I will read more in the upcoming months. 

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April & May Wrap-Up



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The Books

-APRIL-


The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
Goodreads    //    Review



-MAY-

Kissing Games by Tara Englington
Goodreads    //    Blog Tour Stop and Review


Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Goodreads


And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
 
Goodreads    //    Review


Wait With Me by Amy Daws
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5/30/2018

Can't Wait Wednesday #8 - The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

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Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings

I've decided to switch to this since Waiting On Wednesday has been over for a long time now. But its basically the same concept. Books that I cant wait to get my hands on or am really interested in that are to be released soon.

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Why I Can't Wait:
Just because it sounds like its going to be so good. With this being about a girl who lost her brother in Afghanistan. And then finding love in a boy who's Afghan. I just know it's going to be good.
Plus, there's that gorgeous cover.




The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

Published by: Swoon Reads
The Release Date for the book is:
July 31, 2018



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Blog Tour Stop & Review for Kissing Games by Tara Eglington







The Bookish Island's Blog Tour Stop for:

Kissing Games by Tara Eglington
With Review





Are there spoilers?
There aren't. 
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Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for letting me be a part of this blog tour.

Title: Kissing Games

Author: Tara Eglington

Series: Aurora Skye #2

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Pages: 342

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Published: 20l8

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Source: NetGalley

Date Read: May 12, 2018

Rating: ★★★★☆


For a girl who shares her name with a princess (aka Sleeping Beauty), Aurora Skye’s romantic life seems fathoms away from a fairy tale. Sure, she’s landed her prince charming, Hayden Paris. And she got her wish—one first kiss with all the knee-trembling, butterfly-inducing gloriousness she’d hoped for. But instead of happily ever after, their second kiss landed Hayden in the emergency room. If that’s not mortifying enough, the whole school is now referring to her as "Lethal Lips."

When Aurora's best friend decides to run for class president and offers up Aurora's matchmaking service as one of her campaign initiatives, the kissing games begin. Aurora has to convince everyone that her program works—but that might be hard to do when it seems like her own love life might be falling apart.


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And this is the Australian Edition of Kissing Games and the original.

Title: How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You

Author: Tara Eglington

Series: Aurora Skye #2

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Pages: 446

Publisher: Harper Collins Australia

Published: 2013

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About the Author:


Tara Eglington

TARA EGLINGTON grew up in Byron Bay, Australia. Her hobbies when she’s not writing include watching endless cat videos on YouTube, planning pretend holidays to the Maldives, and day-dreaming about who would play Hayden Paris in a film adaptation of How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, her first novel. She lives in Australia.


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My Review:

I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. But I got the opportunity to participate in this blog tour. Which made me happy because I loved reading this book and the first.
How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You


Kissing Games picks up where How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You ends. With a continuation of our main character's new relationship with her prince. And her friends, and the Find a Prince/Princess Program.
In KG (as I will be referring to it from now on) we see how Aurora has grown up and matured. With her new boyfriend, her matchmaking program, and the abandonment issues she developed with her mother leaving her and divorcing her father. We also get to go along with her as she dives into the uncharted waters of kissing and dating Hayden. Hurting him and embarrassing herself in front of her father and his new friends along the way. But also how she struggles to believe just how much Hayden cares about her.

They re too cute in the first book, but in KG their relationship grows and flourishes. There are some definitely swoon-worthy scenes. Abd we see Hayden as a sweet and caring boyfriend. Winning a place on my book boyfriend list.


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