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1/16/2018

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger | Book Review #85




The Bookish Island's Book Review:

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash  by Candace Ganger




Are there spoilers?
I don't really think so.
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This is one of the books I read after the passing of Hurricane Maria here in Puerto Rico. With no water, electricity or internet I took to reading my books.

I read this one on October 23.
52 days after.



Title - The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash
By - Candace Ganger  
Publication - July 25th 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin      
Copy -  ARC, 320 pages

Genre - Young Adult, Romance, Cotemporary

Birdie never meant to be at the party. Bash should have been long gone. But when they meet, a collision course is set off they may never recover from.

Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall—hard—the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo. Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.
 


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My Review:


The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
I'm not about the cover. It isn't good compared to the story inside. I would rethink the cover design if it were up to me. 
It's cute. I like it but for the story it didn't make sense. 


The Story:


Birdie and Bash are two people who are linked by tragedy.
They meet at  a party and quickly feel an attraction, but nothing happens after that. But then Bash and his friend drive down a road in high speed and end up running over Birdies baby brother.


Overall:

Birdie is an amazing character. Smart, funny and knows how to handle her shit. But who I loved was her grandfather. Cause I love popping bubble wrap and he gives the best advice for being a character in a YA novel. And because he made me want to have met my grandfather cause I always hear how awesome he was with everyone but I never got to meet him so it bums me out.




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Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison | Book Review #84




The Bookish Island's Book Review:

Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison




Are there spoilers?
I don't think so.
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This is one of the books I read after the passing of Hurricane Maria here in Puerto Rico. With no water, electricity or internet I took to reading my books.
I read this one from Nov ? - Nov ?. 68 days after.


Title - Lie To Me
By - J.T. Ellison 
Publication - October 1st 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
Copy - Paperback, 426 pages

Genre - Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Psychological Thriller


They built a life on lies Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

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My Review:

The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
It is such a true to story cover. The title is blurry near the word To and Me. Which gives off an eerie vibe. The characters house is in the corner. A house which is almost like a character itself in this novel. And there is also rain drops which I don't really remember if it signifies anything in the story but it looks cool.


Story:

Sutton goes missing and her husband debates whether to call the police or wait till she showed up again. But when he does every one suspect he's must have killed her. 


Overall:

There are some interesting twists and turns. Great characters. And it was good because I managed to read it in a few days.

I was not expecting most of the stuff that happened which is always good with a book like this. And I'm usually good at figuring out what's gonna happen.


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1/10/2018

THE BEAU & THE BELLE by R.S. Grey Cover Reveal!!

Today I'm glad to share some goodness with you. 

We are so excited to reveal the stunning cover of R.S. Grey's next release, THE BEAU & THE BELLE! This romantic comedy releases February 1st. See the cover and find out more about THE BEAU & THE BELLE below!



About THE BEAU & THE BELLE

Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.
That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.
Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.
When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.


Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.
Add THE BEAU & THE BELLE to your Goodreads list here!

THE BEAU & THE BELLE releases February 1st - you'll be able to preorder your copy for .99c starting January 29th!
Keep an eye on R.S. Grey's Facebook page for the link!


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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com




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1/09/2018

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva | Book Review #83




The Bookish Island's Book Review:

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva




Are there spoilers?
No.
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This is one of the books I read after the passing of Hurricane Maria here in Puerto Rico. With no water, electricity or internet I took to reading my books.

I read this one on September.
? days after.



Title - Mr. Dickens and His Carol
By - Samantha Silva
Publication - October 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books      


Copy - Paperback, 288 pages

Genre - Historical Fiction, Christmas, Holiday, Fiction

Shakespeare in Love meets A Christmas Carol in this transporting debut novel set during the whirlwind period in which Dickens wrote his beloved classic, as he embarks on a Scrooge-like journey of his own.

For Charles Dickens, each Christmas has been better than the last. His novels are literary blockbusters, and he is famous on the streets of London, where avid fans sneak up on him to snip off pieces of his hair. He and his wife have five happy children, a sixth on the way, and a home filled with every comfort they could imagine. But when Dickens’ newest book is a flop, the glorious life he has built for himself threatens to collapse around him. His publishers offer an ultimatum: either he writes a Christmas book in a month, or they will call in his debts, and he could lose everything. Grudgingly, he accepts, but with relatives hounding him for loans, his wife and children planning an excessively lavish holiday party, and jealous critics going in for the kill, he is hardly feeling the Christmas spirit.

Increasingly frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace and inspiration in London itself, his great palace of thinking. And on one of his long walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets a young woman in a purple cloak, who might be just the muse he needs. Eleanor Lovejoy and her young son, Timothy, propel Dickens on a Scrooge-like journey through his Christmases past and present—but with time running out, will he find the perfect new story to save him?

In prose laced with humor, sumptuous Victorian detail, and charming winks to A Christmas Carol, Samantha Silva breathes new life into an adored classic. Perfect for fans of Dickens, for readers of immersive historical fiction, and for anyone looking for a dose of Christmas cheer, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is destined to become a perennial holiday favorite.


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My Review:


The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
It's such a nice cover. I'd totally display it on my shelves around the holidays. Mostly because it's so pretty and because I'd be my only Christmas-y book. 😜


The Story:


The fictional story of the author of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens around the time he write that famous story. 



Overall:


I enjoyed reading this book so much. Specially since I had just gotten it the day I read it from the mail and was lucky to have my own copy of A Christmas Carol unread. 

I read that first which didn't take long and then read Mr Dickens and His Carol. 
I was happy I got the opportunity to read this book despite it not being in December, and perfect for the holidays, but i was happy regardless. 

Totally recommend you read this book whether it's around the holidays or not. 




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1/07/2018

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Rashkin | Book Review #82




The Bookish Island's Book Review for:

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Rashkin




Will there be spoilers?
Maybe there will be some.
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Disclaimer:

This book was sent to me by the publishing company in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the books I read after the passing of Hurricane Maria here in Puerto Rico. With no water, electricity or internet I took to reading my books.
I read this one on October 7. 17 days after.




Title - I Hate Everyone But You 
By - Gaby Dunn and Allison Rashkin

September 5th 2017 by Wednesday Books



Genre - Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary


Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely,
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We're still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
G

So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two best friends will document every moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

The Rating:




My Review:


The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
My copy is an arc mine is different with a phone and the message frm te two main characterss. But the official cover is very bright and totlly suits the books prefectly. 


The Story:


Two friends each go their separate ways to different colleges. But they want to keep their friendship. 



Overall:
The story is told in emails and texts between the two girls. Which made it easy for me to follow.
It also tackled a bunch if themes but it didn't feel like it was too much.

I don't really have anything bad to say about it except that I was pissed my arc copy got soaking wet from me taking it with me in the neighbors car without knowing the floor was wet. But that's nobody's fault. 

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12/28/2017

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester | Book Review #81




The Bookish Island's Book Review for:

The Girl Who Could Fly by




Will there be spoilers?
Only a little.
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This is one of the books I read after the passing of Hurricane Maria here in Puerto Rico. With no water, electricity or internet I took to reading my books.
I read this one on September 21. 1 days after.



Title - The Girl Who Could Fly 
By -




Genre - Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction, Science Fiction, Children's Books


You just can't keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods.
Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.

Sure, she hasn't mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she's real good at loop-the-loops.

Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma's at her wit's end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents' farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.

School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.

Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore.

At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester's debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as "the oddest/sweetest mix of
Little House on the Prairie and X-Men...Prepare to have your heart warmed." The Girl Who Could Fly is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly.

The Rating:





My Review:


The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
The cover is beautiful. ❤
With Piper flying in the clouds over the icy mountains on the cover. Helping make a visual of what she looks like as a character. Which is always good. Its also a scene from the book too. Then there's the title which is on a badge type. And it's so cool. 😀
And to be honest it was the whole reason I got it in the first place. 😜


The Story:


Piper McCloud has always been different. From the day she was born she's had an ability to float. Despite her parents telling her not to float or levitate she just cant help it. Its who she is. Till one day she learns to fly and everything changes in her life from there. 



Relationships:

Piper x Conrad
Piper and Conrad have such an interesting relationship in this book.  They each don't know the other and yet Piper wants to be friends with him and Conrad just wants to use her abilities. So you get to see their progress as they get to see the strengths and stubbornness they both have. 

Piper x the McClouds
Their relationship is very much what your expect from a family that grew up on a farm they are hardworking people a that truly cared about each other and it showed. 
But with Piper's powers there was a fear her parents had of what people would think. Which is to be expected since they've never heard of a girl who could fly. But they get better at understanding her and her abilities which is very important because if her parents don't believe in her then she'd be alone. Even if there are others. You know?

Overall:


The characters in this book were insanely good. 
Each great in their own way. Well written and fully their own person. I was impressed by how amazing they all were. All that made me adore Piper even more because it felt like I was cheering for someone real. I wanted her to get her happy ending. 

Then there was the world. 
The world in this story was super. Not only did it smoothly transition from a quaint southern town to secret underground government but it was done in such away that I never questioned what was happening. 

As for the fantasy element in this story. 
It was well done mostly because it wasn't done in such a way that it made you question it. Like does every kid have powers and they just suppressed them or what? No, you quickly learn what the situation is with the powers the children have and what is being done with and about them. 
And as the blurb Stepahanie Meyer wrote for this said. I did get that X-Men vibe from this story as well. 

I truly wish I could talk more about this book but I really don't want to spoil it.

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