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review 2020-07-27 21:51
Dating Makes Perfect - Pintip Dunn

This was a perfect summer read! You know the kind, something light and quick and fun. Honestly I haven't been feeling much YA lately but this was the ideal choice for dipping a toe back in, I was able to read it all in two sittings.

The relationships in this book were wholesome and cute. I liked that while obviously it was a romance, it was mostly about a young girl finding herself. I also really enjoyed being immersed in Winnie's life and culture. While it can be great to see yourself in a character sometimes, it's also awesome to learn about cultures different than your own and see a new perspective. One of my absolute favorite things about this story was how rich it was in Thai culture. Dunn writes beautifully about Thai traditions, values, so many glorious dishes, and she even touches on the struggle of being a Thai-American living in the US. I really appreciated getting that closer look into something I didn't know a ton about.

I received an arc of this book from Entangled Teen via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-10-17 12:00
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Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow) - Pintip D... Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow) - Pintip Dunn
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Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow #3) by Pintip Dunn
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be. But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.
My Review
Definitely my favorite book out of the three, the first book was just okay to me, and the second book, I dnf the book, for some reason I just couldn't get into it. I am not sure why because I really loved the main characters from that book in this book, that I just finished. I really loved Olivia and Ryder both first as friends and then romantically. I really felt bad for her not having a loving relationship with her mother and not knowing whom her father was. I don't want to say much about Olivia's mother this way I don't give out spoilers, but I do have to say she's doing it for what she believes is the right reasons. Even if us the readers don't agree with what her reasons are. I really loved how this book ended and what happened with each pairings of the other two books. I thought the Author did right for each of these main characters. So I think I might go back sometime down the road to try to finish book 2, since I didn't last time, and hopefully I will be able to finish it then. I am so glad I was chosen to read and review this book for the book blog, it was a very fun and interesting read and a great finish to the Series. And I just have to say how much I loved Ryder, even though he does have trust issues, but he does have reasons to feel the way he does. And he was so cute most of the time with Olivia, even though he did have his moments of not trusting her. But if Olivia would have told him certain things, he wouldn't have had no reason to have those trust issues. So both parties were at fault. I would definitely recommend for people to read this series, because it's definitely interesting. Two other reasons you should read this is because of the two excerpts, I left below, especially the second excerpt, which is just too freaking cute!!!!
Excerpt 1:
Eleven years earlier… I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice. I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try. I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they're at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call. Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend. Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don't see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes. So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong. "Are you bothering my mice again?" a little boy's voice says. "Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!" Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists' labs. I'm here because my mom's the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he's here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be. He's got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn't eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents' deaths had burrowed holes through his resources. This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future. I don't know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad. We don't have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say. "Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day." It can't hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he'll like me, too. "You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She's my best friend." Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn't have to know that. "Oh yeah? Well someday, I'm going to be the inventor of future memory," he shoots back. "And then we'll see who's more important." I bite my lip. That wasn't what I meant. I wasn't trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.
Seize Today Pintip Dunn
Excerpt 2 "Are you sifting through my possible pathways?" he asks, his voice husky. I freeze. But if I'm a block of ice, his fingers do their job, tracing my lips again and again until I melt. "How…how do you know?" "Your eyes," he says. "They dilate when you're reaching into the future. I'm starting to learn when you're not here." I blink. Nobody's ever told me that before. "You…noticed?" I ask. "I notice everything about you," he says easily. "So, tell me. What did you see in our possible futures?" His voice is low and liquid, and it reaches inside me and caresses parts I didn't know existed. "What did I do? More importantly, what did you like?" Heat floods my face. "What, exactly, are we talking about?" "I don't know." His eyes gleam wickedly. "What do you think we're talking about?" "Future pathways," I snap. If I have to electro-whip my attention back on track, I'll do it, damn the Fates. "I see everything from me slapping you to…" I trail off, and my cheeks flame even hotter. Oh my. I can't possibly put into words the images flying through my head like a hailstorm. "Now I'm really intrigued." He moves his hand to my hair, tugging slightly. I feel the tension all the way to my toes. "Are you really not going to tell me? Because, you know, then I'll have to guess." "I'm not going to tell you," I whisper. His lips curve in a mischievous grin that makes me want to tuck him in my pocket and keep him forever. And then, while I'm still reeling from his cuteness, he leans in. I'm not ready. My mouth is partway open, and I'm in the middle of a breath. He kisses me anyway. I shut my mouth in a hurry. Lips, so soft. His back and shoulders, so hard. Holy Fates, that was his tongue. His tongue, slipping between my teeth. Sparks. So many sparks, igniting in the air around us. "How's this?" he whispers against my mouth. "Did you see this in our future?" I nod helplessly. He moves closer, scooping me up and shifting me on the mattress so that he can lie next to me. Our foreheads touch; so do our knees. "And this? Was this in some of our pathways?" I nod again, but that doesn't seem to satisfy him anymore. His eyes intent on mine, he catches my lower lip between his teeth. "Do you like it?" Do I like it? What kind of question is that? I've tasted every emotion in our world. I know the sorrow a mother feels when she clasps her deceased baby to her chest. I know the pride of a gold-star athlete when he stands on a podium and accepts North Amerie's highest honor. I know the rage that silences the heart of a murderer as he cuts short another's life. I even know kisses—hot, frenzied, passionate, fumbling, sweet, aching, innocent kisses. I've seen them all in other people’s futures, thousands of kisses, millions of kisses, as varied as the pathways themselves. And yet…and yet…I've felt nothing like kissing Ryder. Even the vision of this moment itself. So, yeah, I like it. It scares me how much I like it.
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip's debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and GIRL ON THE VERGE. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.
You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 

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review 2017-05-26 00:00
Girl on the Verge
Girl on the Verge - Pintip Dunn Girl on the Verge - Pintip Dunn Review to Come!
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review 2016-11-08 00:00
Before Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow)
Before Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow) - Pintip Dunn Coming into this as a reader who has no knowledge of the world, I found this novella intriguing, but not quite satisfying.

We meet Logan on his 17th birthday, the day when everyone receives their future memory. His is decidedly good, showing him winning a swim race, but the inclusion of Callie in that vision - a friend who he's long let slip, but has never quite left his mind - fills him with doubt. They haven't spoken for years, but seeing her fills him with hope. What does it mean? Callie's birthday is the next day, and when she receives her future memory, it's not so great. Locked away for a crime she's supposed to commit, Logan needs to find a way to help her and atone for a past he's ashamed of.

The story ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger, and while not bad, it just didn't quite hit the spot for me. For fans and readers of the series, I can see how this might be a helpful filler for the world they know, but for me, the information left more questions than answers. The writing is beautiful and the world is certainly intriguing, so the series is worth a shot, but this might not be the best first glimpse for new readers.
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review 2016-09-06 14:19
Review: The Darkest Lie
The Darkest Lie - Pintip Dunn

I received a copy from Netgalley.


TRIGGER WARNINGS: This novel deals with some uncomfortable issues that some might find triggering - sexual exploitation of minors, a student has an affair with a teacher which has a dark turn, nude photo manipulations going viral. 


I finished this book almost a week ago and I'm still not sure what to to make of it. 

t’s an okay YA mystery novel. It does deal with some rather dark themes I’ve not seen dealt with in this way before. The characters are likable enough, though the villain of the piece is easy to spot from about half way through. Having said that the reasons for why are fairly twisted. 


Cece lives in the type of small town where everyone knows everyone. Some time ago, six months or a year or so, can’t quite remember how long, her mother died under very scandalous circumstances - supposedly a suicide after the star of the high school football team claimed they were having an affair. Cece’s family is torn apart. Her dad is in complete denial, the kids at her school bully her mercilessly over the affair her mom supposedly had as that boy Tommy, is in Cece’s year and some of her classes. The only some what responsible adult in Cece’s life is her grandmother who comes to live with her and her dad, Grandma makes her living playing poker and gambling on the internet. The grandma is probably one of the most stable sensible adult in the novel. 


Cece just wants to finish school and get through with as little attention on herself as possible, so she tries to make herself as unnoticeable as she can. Yet one morning she spots the school queen bee and resident mean girl Mackenzie is tormenting a younger student for something she’s wearing, Cece is watching thinking she probably should help but doesn’t when gorgeous new boy Sam comes in and saves the day. He’s nice to the girl being picked on, Cece manages to find the courage to come help. Putting her on the mean girl’s radar. 


And the new guy’s too. When they get to know each other a little bit, turns out he’s a wannabe reporter working on a big journalism scholarship and needs a big story to land said scholarship. Cece has been in trouble in one of her classes and has to do some sort of community service as a result and takes a job working at the same volunteer crisis centre her mom ran before she died. There’s still some mystery surrounding that and as Cece starts her volunteer job, and meets Liam, the nice and hunky guy in charge of the crisis hotline, she comes to the realization that there may be a lot more to what happened to her mom than she ever realised. 


Sam gets involved as well and as they get to know each other they start delving into the mystery though Cece is reluctant to share information. She’s still victimized terribly with an awful lot of disgusting sexual innuendo from the jocks and their asshole friends. One boy in particular worse than the others. It’s pathetic name calling and jeers to a point and it’s crass and uncomfortable to read and hell for Cece. 


Whilst attending a party, she hears a drunk Tommy shouting he wants to talk to her and nodding at Cece. Which starts an argument with the bullies and the horrible discovery of her mom’s photo on what looks like a porn site. Next day said photo is all over school with Cece’s face and the body from the picture. 

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It’s utterly mortifying for Cece. Who despite all the horrible teasing and jaunts seemed to hold herself pretty well. She doesn’t know how to talk to her dad, he doesn’t know how to deal with her, she’s having a terrible time at school, and while all this is going on she’s discovering there’s more to her mom than she could have ever realised and some pretty creepy things have been happening when she’s been alone at the crisis hotline. And to top it all off she starts getting scary text messages from an unknown source as she probs her mom’s death - which might not have been suicide after all. 


All while her feelings for Sam are getting deeper, and she’s getting closer and more friendly with Liam as well.  The relationship she develops with Sam is well written and takes it time to build trust growing to other feelings, Cece has her doubts when the mystery deepens and clues and evidence starts popping up. A journal written by her mom when she was a teenager is found which takes a pretty surprising and yet another uncomfortable dark twist. 


And it seems to be what happened to Cece’s mom when she was a girl may be happening still - and it may be happening to Sam’s younger sister who has revealed she has a much older boyfriend. 


It wasn’t a bad mystery and certainly had a few interesting twists and turns, though it was at least to me, fairly obvious who the baddie was from about half way through. There was definitely something uncomfortable about the nature of the story, and there were definitely certain parts of Cece’s inner monologue that were quite moving in parts. Though once the mystery was solved, the end was kind of irritating and a bit eye roll inducing. 


It was okay, I would definitely read something by this author again. 


Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for approving my request to view the title. 

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