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review 2017-11-12 16:50
Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything by Yoon, Nicola (September 1, 2015) Hardcover - Nicola Yoon

I have been seeing the trailer on this movie and decided that I needed to read the book before watching it. I am so glad I did. This was one of those books that I kind of expected it to go a certain way and it kind of surprised me a bit. 
Maddy is sick and has no contact with the outside world except her nurse and her mother. It seems that what she has can kill her if she is exposed to all the germs that our world has. Seems like it is a lonely disease to have because you can't experience or see the outside world. When the boy next door moves in her world is turned upside down. He makes contact with her and just with talking to him Maddy realizes there is more to life than just being protected. We see how Maddy turns into a lovesick teenager who will defy her mother. 
This book I guess could be considered to be a bit corny but I have to say I enjoyed it.
Another thing about the book it wasn't just a story it has the emails between Maddy and Olly, what Maddy thought about. Just random thoughts and ideas from a girl who is suck in a bubble so to speak. 
Now the way the ending came about I was okay with it. I thought maybe Maddy's mom needed a lot of help and I hoped she had gotten in because it doesn't talk much about that. 
It is a clean read for teens and I think they would enjoy this story.

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review 2017-11-05 03:48
Review: Raven Stratagem
Raven Stratagem - Yoon Ha Lee

I liked this book quite a bit, but I stumbled through the first 20% wondering if I had massively misunderstood the end of the last one. Because all of the narrators are new to the story and are quite certain of something I recalled being not true.

 

It's a very strange thing to have a major reveal in the last act be something the audience knows for the whole length of the book. I am undecided on it. The whole book holds together with or without that bit of information. But it made the experience of reading it feel like rereading a suspense novel, while simultaneously having no idea what was going to happen.

 

Interesting, but I think I enjoyed the first one more. Super excited to read the third one.

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review 2017-10-06 19:58
The Sun is Also a Star
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

I liked this book marginally better than I did the author's first book, Everything, Everything. Mostly because I liked the chemistry between the two primary characters better. I listened to the audio version and it was the same narrator as the author's previous book - not enough time had passed between my listening to the books and it took me a while to remember I was in a different story with different characters. 

 

I liked how Danial was an unapologetic romantic and Natasha was all logic and science. I enjoyed the way they contrasted each other, yet at the same time brought out the best in each other. 

 

I'm a firm believer in connectivity, meaning I think that things happen for reasons we may or may not ever understand. This book is heavy on the connectivity. I enjoyed it, but I could see where it might turn some people off. If you don't believe in connectivity, then I suggest you read with an open mind. It's a fictional book, so just try to enjoy the story even if you don't share the same beliefs. 

 

The one thing that held this book back from a 5 for me was the ending. It felt a bit rushed. Not in the sense of tying up the loose ends (because there are a few left in the end), but in terms of the characters accepting the outcome of certain things. The whole book both Natasha and Danial were fighting against certain things happening in their lives. I felt that emotionally they changed a bit quickly. 

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text 2017-10-01 13:48
September Re-Cap
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - ChloƩ Esposito
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Pact - Karina Halle
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski
World After - Susan Ee
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude

 

A mediocre reading month...some good...some not so good, some good but long (everything under the sun).  I listened to more books than I physically read this month by far, including a re-listen/read for an old favorite.  I did not read a single arc...I think that's due to me feeling like I don't want to be a guinea pig for new books.  Essentially, that's what you are, after all, which is the price you pay for being able to read books before they come out.  I'm just not sure if I want to do it anymore.

 

 

 

(eBook) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  09/02

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Mad by Chloe Esposito

Finish Date:  09/03

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Finish Date:  09/10

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finish Date:  09/12

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(eBook) The Pact by Karina Halle

Finish Date:  09/13

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Finish Date:  09/16

4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

Finish Date:  09/20

3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

(eBook) Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Finish Date:  09/24

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) World After by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  09/25

4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (review pending)

Finish Date:  09/30

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

10 books Total for a total of 4,083 pages (including audio).

7 Audiobooks and 3 ebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-18 20:10
Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

There was a lot I loved about Everything, Everything. While I guessed part of the twist, I didn't have it all and once I got there it put the rest of the book into a new perspective for me. At its core, this is a love story. It's about how love can make people stronger and braver than they were before. Yes, it can also make you stupid, but that's often a necessary part of what love can teach us. Is it the same basic premise of many other YA love stories out there today? Yes, yes it is. But I was OK with that. I expected it going in, so I didn't have my expectations shattered on that front. There were some aspects that were a bit loose and messy that I wish the author had strengthened. In a way, it felt as though the ending was expected to be enough to forgive all the rest. That's sloppy for me. I did like it enough to check out Yoon's other book. We'll see how that one goes...

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