ARC Mini-Reviews: The New Guy + The Unexpected Everything

the-new-guyThe New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions)

Author: Amy Spalding
Publisher/Release Date: April 5th 2016 by Poppy
Pages: 320-ARC Paperback-Given during a blogging event
Finished: November 3rd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 3/5

Review:

  • The budding romance at the beginning of the book was super cute! I was starting to really get into it, and then something happened to do with the newspaper she works on with other students, and then it dipped down a bit from there. I know she needed struggles to overcome but it was a bit much.
  • Jules kind of bugged me throughout parts of the book. Mainly for the way she treated other people, especially her best friend. I also didn’t like how she was treating Alex in the second half. She was trying to get into the college she wanted, but she was over the top and overreacting for so many things in this book. Ans the one thing she was trying so hard to do most of the book, we never find out if she gets it or not.
  • It had some points that bugged me, but I did still enjoy this book to a point.
  • Random, but the cover I had for my ARC was different than the one above. The one above doesn’t really fit the book very much.

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the-unexpected-everythingThe Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher/Release Date: May 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 519-ARC Paperback-Given during a blogging event
Finished: November 10th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:5/5

Review:

  • Loved this! Andie was such a planner for everything, and it was so nice to see her relax as the book went on. And the romance was great! Not only was Clark geeky and adorable with an awesome job, but the two of them were so good together.
  • I also loved that she was walking dogs! I’ve never had a dog, mostly because of allergies and I’m a cat person, but I loved reading about her encounters with different ones. I totally predicted one thing that would happen near the end but it was good.
  • Her group of friends were so great, and their group was so supportive during the whole book. Even though stuff happened, I wished I still had friends that would be there for me like that.
  • Another great book by this author. I’ve read Since You’ve Been Gone, and both were good so I now totally love this author. I’ll be reading her others soon hopefully!

ARC Mini-Reviews: The Rest of Us Just Live Here + Ruined

the-rest-of-us-just-live-hereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher/Release Date: October 6th 2015 by HarperTeen
Pages: 336-Paperback ARC-Borrowed
Finished: October 23rd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5

Review:

  • This is my first book by this author but now I definitely need to check his other stuff out! I really liked this book. I had a hard time putting it down and I finished it the day after I started it.
  • I originally had an eBook ARC of this, but after trying to read it last year I couldn’t get into it. This paperback copy was borrowed from a blogger, and I’m glad I finally read it.
  • The idea of showing the side of the normal people in a world of “the chosen ones” was a great idea. They’re having to deal with illness, love, betrayal and all other kinds of things, and I really enjoyed how the author showed everything.

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ruinedRuined (Ruined #1)

Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher/Release Date: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Pages: 368-ARC Paperback-Given for review
Finished: November 1st 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 3/5

Review:

  • I received this back at the beginning of May at a blogger event. It took me this long to read it because I was never in the mood. I thought the description sounded pretty common and I had a feeling I could predict a lot of things.
  • I did end up enjoying it though! A few things I did predict. I felt like some parts didn’t have as big an impact as I thought they would. Like the romance was cute but not swoon worthy. The action and battles were the best part of this book honestly.
  • I also liked the kinda of powers I saw the ruined use. There wasn’t a whole lot of their pasts explained and I would have liked to see that. A little more world building too.
  • A good start to a series that I definitely will continue to read, even though it was lacking a few things.

ARC Review: What the Dead Want by Norah Olson

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Title: What the Dead Want
Author: Norah Olson
Release Date/Publisher: July 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: March 16th 2016
Pages: 320-eBook ARC-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Haunting photographs and dark family secrets make this second spine-tingling novel from Norah Olson the perfect read for fans of creepy, suspenseful teen fiction.

A love of photography, an old camera, and countless questions—these are all that sixteen-year-old Gretchen has left of her mother, who mysteriously disappeared years ago.

Now she must return to the place where her mom vanished—a decaying mansion that Gretchen has suddenly inherited from her great-aunt Esther. However, Gretchen won’t find the answers she’s seeking without unraveling the secrets that lurk inside the house. There are stacks of photographs and letters from her ancestors that go back centuries, pointing to some kind of haunting past. But when proof of the mansion’s dark history appears to Gretchen in the form of ghostly visions and the soft, eerie whisper of her mother’s voice, there’s no doubt that something sinister has taken place there.

No matter how scared she might be, Gretchen must somehow uncover the reasons why this indescribable force has descended upon her family and find a way to set everyone—even the dead—free.

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Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

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Title: Noggin
Author: John Corey Whaley
Release Date/Publisher: April 8th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Finished: June 17th 2015
Pages: 352-Hardcover-Library

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

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Review: Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

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Title: Future Perfect
Author: Jen Larsen
Release Date/Publisher: October 6th 2015 by HarperTeen
Finished: September 21st 2015
Pages: 320-ARC eBook-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.

Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.
But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.

As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?

Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

What I Thought:

I received a free advanced review copy of this in exchange for an honest review on Edelweiss.

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