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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) - Chloé 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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review 2017-09-16 15:19
I guessed the ending, especially after my daughter clued me into it…
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Book Title:  Everything, Everything

Author:  Nicola Yoon

Narration:  Bahni Turpin & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  LA, California & Maui, Hawaii

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  3/5 for the movie tie-in edition…but, the OG cover is way prettier.

Narration:  5/5  I really liked the full cast narration.

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Everything, Everything is a very quick read/listen…so quick that I couldn't be upset with anything, not really, but I also didn't find any of it to be all that real, or heartfelt.  They were cute characters, at least the two main characters, already can't remember what their names are.  The romance between them was very sweet.  This book…while not everything it was…something, I guess.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Meh…

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-12 16:44
#61 - The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Another book by Nicola Yoon that made me cry (well, I did not really cry unlike in Everything Everything where I was almost sobbing!). I listened to it as an audiobook on my way to work every day and it was a great experience. 

 

This book is about (impossible) love, but for me, it was more about immigration. It made me think about it in a way I had never before. I think it is really positive, I love books that made me think and I love even more books that I had not suspected would make me think.  

 

My great-grandfather arrived from Italy 60 years ago to work in the mines. This is why today, I live in Belgium and I am a Belgian citizen. I never really thought that deeply about it, I'm born in Belgium so I am a Belgian citizen, it's something I've always taken for granted. Until I read about Natasha, a teenager living in the USA since her childhood until she is being deported to Jamaica because her family is undocumented (what does it even mean?!) As if someone could come to my door one day and tell me I have to go live in Italy. That seems totally unrealistic and impossible. And yet, it happens in some other countries, something I had never suspected before (well, I have never thought about it thoroughly) 

 

Belgium is my home and it has always been. Just as the USA is Natasha's home. Why does she have to move in a country she does not know? 

 

This was for me the most important part of the book. I did not really care about the romance because it felt too unrealistic for me, I find it unbelievable to fall in love so fast. Then again, the story was beautiful so I did not particularly care about the unrealistic part of it. It was enjoyable and also really funny. 

 

I loved the fact that there was no "happy ending". It's sad, but it's also what life is made of. The very end was the part that made me almost cry.  

 

Another thing I really enjoyed was that you got the stories of other people, the "extras" who are just there to fit a purpose for the MC. It was so great and so unique, I had never seen that in another book. 

 

If you are searching for a book about love that is also full of diversity, this one is for you. I will read anything this great author will write in the future, she is totally amazing.

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