Book Review: The Good Girls by Sara Shepard

9780062074522Title/Author: The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 341
Rating: ★★★★.5 stars

I loved this installment and I think that this was Shepard’s strongest work to date. I was hesitant to pick up the sequel because the first book bored me, but I’m glad I decided to pick this one up. Shepard’s addicting writing style keeps you hooked until the very end with a plot twist that was beyond crazy. I personally did not see that plot twist coming at all and my mind was completely blown by it. Hands down one of my favorite Sara Shepard books thanks to that plot twist. But the ending did have a Pretty Little Liars vibe to it. Even though I think this series is a duology and is over now, I can totally see Shepard adding on more and more books to this series and having this become the next Pretty Little Liars series. Overall I highly enjoyed this thrilling book and rated it 4.5/5 stars. If you’re a Sara Shepard fan you must read this duology as soon as possible!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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Hello and welcome back to another week of Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. My goal with these hyped books I’ve never read, is to hopefully try and read them all by the end of the year!

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1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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2. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 

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4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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8. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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9. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Morgan Spooner

July Read-A-Thons

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Oh my it’s already July! Even though these summer months are made for relaxing, us bookworms are in the midst of our summer reading. Whether you’re behind or ahead of your Goodreads goal, today I was thinking I would share some information about some upcoming read-a-thons in July to keep your summer reading busy and on track or ahead of those Goodreads or summer reading goals!

Read-O-Rama June 28th-July 4th

Hosted by BrunetteBibliophile: https://www.youtube.com/user/Just4Teens2012

Elizabeth Book Babble: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6pa6K7JLFdO7anMN7XZd1A

Kitkatscanread: https://www.youtube.com/user/Kitkatscanread

BooKss101: https://www.youtube.com/user/BooKss101

Challenges:

  • Read 7 books
  • A middle grade novel
  • A fantasy
  • Book with blue on the cover
  • Re-read a book
  • R-A-M-A in the title/author

Get Your Read On! Read-a-Thon: Take 2 June 29th-July 5th

Hosted by MadDogRebecca: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYcNKn1d-uCC3ZnffPCgZMw

ReadingMissFroggy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR0w5o1RSTQnM1phx46F2Jw
Challenges:

  • Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with the same letter as your first name.
  • Read a book that you can get through the quickest. (Open to your own interpretation.)

#AYearAThon 6th-12th

Agatha Christie/Mystery Month

Hosted by Goodreads group for all the information: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/123987-ayearathon

Summer Cramathon July 10th at 12 AM midnight (your time zone) – July 13th at 11:59 PM (your timezone)
Hosted by WhittyNovels https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels
Challenges:

  • Read a children’s book
  • Read a hardback
  • Read 2 books in 24 hours
  • Read a graphic novel
  • Read a book written in verse
  • Read a novella
  • Read 5 books total

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/CramAThon

Casual Readathon J2 July 15th-22nd
Hosted by Bookameggle: https://www.youtube.com/user/BookaMeggle
Challenges:

  • Read 3 books.
  • Read a sequel / ending to a series.
  • Read a contemporary.
  • Read a book with green on it.
  • Read a 2014+ release.
  • Read a summer / beach set book.
  • Read a movie / TV adaptation.

Challenges may be combined!
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CasualReadathon

#CrushYourTBR July 17th-19th

Hosted by Raeleen: https://www.youtube.com/user/padfootandprongs07

Jacuelynreads: http://yabookmark.blogspot.com/

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CrushYourTBR

TBRInvasion Read-A-Thon July 17th-19th

Hosted by islandOFbooks: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheislandOFbooks

Challenges:

  • Read a book with two people on the cover
  • Read a book that you started but have not finished
  • Read a Sci-Fi based book

TBRInvasion Goodreads page:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/167164-tbrinvasion-read-a-thon

Booktube-A-Thon July 27th-August 2nd 

No current information available.

Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Let’s just say I was very hesitant to pick up this novel after hearing the dislike and negative reviews, but I was not going to let that stop me from reading this novel. I had to know what was going to happen in the end! I have to say this was way better than I expected it to be. The Death Cure was a thousand times better than The Scorch Trials, but I must say The Maze Runner is still my favorite out of this trilogy.

Going into this novel I had very low expectations due to all the dislike towards this installment, but I was proven wrong. This final installment was packed full of action and adventure that made it very hard to put down. When I had only 100 pages left I was a tad bit nervous though. I didn’t know how things were going to be wrapped up, but Dashner pulled it off. Yes the ending was a bit to open for my liking, but I felt that it was a nice conclusion to the story seeing everyone safe and sound. I could really go for another installment, whether it be a short novella or a whole novel, talking about life after the ending.

Overall very impressed with this final installment. It deserves a 5/5 star rating from me. The entire book felt like one huge adrenaline rush for me and I love how it kept my attention, just like The Maze Runner. I highly recommend not only this book, but this series.

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

At first I was hesitant to pick up this novel. I’ve tried reading The Summer I Turned Pretty series a few years back, but had no luck with it. But I’m glad to pick up this fine, fluffy, elegant piece of literature. I found this novel so charming and enjoyable. I loved every aspect of this novel. From beginning to end this was a fast paced read with having short chapters. If I had enough time I could have probably finished this book in one day. Overall a fast paced contemporary romance novel that I couldn’t get enough of. 5/5 stars highly recommend. Now if it was only May so I could have the sequel…

Book Review: Vicious by Sara Shepard

After finishing the last and final book in the Pretty Little Liars series I’ve decided I need an award. I’ve put up with all fifteen books to finally reach this last novel. Let’s just say I had very high hopes going into this installment, but I became quickly disappointed. I’ve broken down my review into two parts; pros and cons. Here are my thoughts about Vicious by Sara Shepard.  Also if you haven’t read this book, this book review is full of spoilers just to warn you!

Pros

  • I call sticking around for the final installment a pro. Seriously who puts up with all this crap and drama this series gave out and still reads it?
  • I also loved how all the girls came together once more and all became friends. Much deserved happy ending.

Cons

  • My first con has to be the pacing of this novel. While Toxic dragged on, I felt as if this novel lacked the speed and action it deserved. The beginning of the novel felt like it took forever to read, but once I moved past that, things were still quite slow. The only really plot twist we had was a huge predictable flop. I thought this novel would have tons of mystery, suspense, and a few big plot twists. Maybe my expectations got in the way, but I was very disappointed with this aspect.
  • Prediction. I had many theories set up after Emily went “missing”. From that point on in the novel I made many predictions, and almost all of them came true. I was upset with this point hoping that this novel would have a more wow factor.
  • How Ali got caught was another huge con of mine. This really let me down. I was hoping all the girls would catch her and not only serve her a taste of her own medicine, but get caught in an awesome way. It really upset me  that the only one to find her was Emily. Not only that, but it took two seconds to take down Ali. I wished Ali and Emily had a bigger and greater fight against themselves rather than just a small fight in the lawn.
  • And last but not least the ending. The last sentence to be exact. “Soon enough, I’m coming to get you all” WHAT THE HECK. WHY. JUST WHY. I was so mad it ended with this sentence. Like what the hell Sara Shepard. You can’t keep doing that and dragging out the series even longer than it needs to be. I get you want Ali to come back and get the girls. Whatever. I got that part. But this series could have ended at book eight and just been fine, but with stalling it out to be twice as long with nothing really happens between books seven and fifteen is just infuriating. Whatever. I’m just glad I’m done with this series now. Sorry about this short rant as well.

It’s safe to say that I’m glad this series is finally complete and that I finally finished it. I don’t think I will be picking up any other books by Sara Shepard for a long while. I wished this novel had a bit  more action, mystery, suspense, or even a huge awesome plot twist. With being disappointed I decided to rate this book 2/5 stars. It would have been a one point five star rating, but since I’ve stuck along this far I’ve decided to bump it up to another star. My only advice about this novel and this series is either stop at book eight and save your time and money, or read till book eight and just skip to this book.

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

perf  Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Summary from Goodreads.com

Setting

Throughout this novel we experience a breathtaking setting. Whether it was in Paris or Manhattan you’re bound to fall in love with the setting. Stephanie Perkins’ writing style flows fluently with perfection creating the ultimate romantic setting. I’m also glad that we get to travel back to Paris for this final installment, and that we get to see Manhattan as well.

Characters

Isla: I loved her character and character development throughout this entire novel. I’m glad we got to see and enjoy the novel through her narration. I also loved the first few chapters as we get to see how big her crush on Josh actually is.

Josh: Ah one of my favorite swoon worthy characters! I quite enjoyed his rebel side he had along with his artistic side. Josh made me develop a crush for him and made me want to fall in love with him.

Kurt: Eh. Yes he was Isla best friend, but I really could have cared less for this character. At points in the story he would annoy me, but over all I tend to ignore him.

Anna, St. Clair, Lola, and Cricket: I was pleased to see these characters return to the final installment. I’m always glad whenever I get to read about Anna and St. Clair.

“The Feels”

  •         Love

This is the type of swoon worthy love that you can’t help but fall in love with. The amount of fluffy loving feelings created in this novel is beyond words. I enjoyed how Isla had her awkward crush at the beginning of the novel and that it blossomed into something beautiful at the end. I’m glad that Perkins’ created another guy character that makes me want to fall in love with them. And thanks to this setting everything was ten times more romantic and beautiful.

 

Final Thought

With the novel being so loving and charming I had to give this a 5/5 star rating. I enjoyed every moment with all the characters, setting, and plot. Stephanie Perkins could not have concluded this novel/series any better. I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to blush constantly and someone who enjoys young adult romance!