Mini-Reviews: I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl + The Way to Game the Walk of Shame

pixie-dream-girlI’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher/Release Date: October 18th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352-Hardcover-Library
Finished: December 16th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • The idea that math could create a way for you to not only become popular but meet certain goals sounded really cool, and the concept worked well for this! She did have some math which I thought would have been confusing  but she added notes to help explain things and it was helpful.
  • Near the beginning of the book I predicted a few things that I knew were going to happen at the end, and I was right. Such as who likes her, who she ends up with and that some big drama would happen (not going to spoil it). I didn’t know specifics, but a few things were predictable. And yet it was still a good read and cute.
  • I think a lot of people will like this overall, and it went by pretty quickly. It was a cute romance that had them finding out who they really were while acting out a designated role from the formula.

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the-way-to-game-the-walk-of-shameThe Way to Game the Walk of Shame

Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher/Release Date: June 7th 2016 by Macmillan/Swoon Reads
Pages: 336-Paperback-Library
Finished: December 18th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • When I saw this title I automatically assumed it was a New Adult book, but it was Young Adult it ended up being super cute though! There was POV from both characters and I really enjoyed seeing this develop through both of them.
  • The idea of having a contract to pretend to date was the best, and in the end of the book you can actually see a copy of it. Which was awesome bonus content. There was a few other extra stuff too which I always like to read.
  • I’m definitely going to be checking out future book from this author!

Mini-Reviews: The Maze Runner + Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

the maze runnerThe Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

Author: James Dashner
Publisher/Release Date: August 24th 2010 by Delacorte Press
Pages: 392-Paperback-Owned
Finished: August 27th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • Hubby was gifted the series a while back and he actually read them all before me (aside from the sequel). We watched both movies together as well before I even decided to read this series. In a way I’m kind of glad I did it that way. It gave me something to compare when reading this, and I found that I enjoyed the book as well as the movie quite a bit.
  • A lot of stuff was different between the two though! They pretty much kept the basis things but the ending and a lot of other stuff changed. And of course the ending was really good, although a bit sad.
  • The characters and the idea of the maze and trying to solve the puzzle of why they were there was great. Thomas was repetitive with a few things, like things being familiar and his memories in terms first half, but after a while you get used to him.
  • I definitely will be reading the rest of the series soon, as well as the prequel! And getting the new prequel book when it’s out soon.

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harry potter 8Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)

Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Publisher/Release Date: July 31st 2016 by Little, Brown UK
Pages: 343-Hardcover-Owned
Finished: August 25th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:3.5/5

Review:

  • Liked it but didn’t love it.  I didn’t go in with big expectations, I was just positive and took my time reading it.
  • I know there wasn’t any huge descriptions so a lot is left to the imagination, which was ok, but I felt like it was still missing some of that emotion.
  • The script format wasn’t hard to read and I got into it pretty easy after a bit. The beginning can be a bit slow but it gets better.
  • I think this would have been so cool to see as a play and I think I would have liked it a lot better that way. Hopefully they release a version for everyone to watch someday!

Mini-Reviews for #ReadThemAllThon: Crossed + The Geography of You and Me

crossedCrossed (Soul Eater #3)

Author: Eliza Crewe
Publisher/Release Date: August 13th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 346-Paperback-Owned
Finished: August 20th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • Finally got around to reading this! I love this series and I was so glad to get back to this world. The dark humour and characters were just as I remembered them.
  • Meda and Jo are still such great characters, and I actually really liked Jo in the second half of the book. Even Armand was enjoyable after the events in the second book.
  • This is a series that I definitely need to re-read back to back some day and I really hope that more people get into it!

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the geography of you and meThe Geography of You and Me

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher/Release Date: April 15th 2014 by Poppy
Pages: 337-Paperback-Gifted
Finished: August 18th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • This book was so cute! I loved the other book I read by this author so I was glad I finally got to get to this.
  • Certain parts were frustrating because it made you feel like they kept getting further and further apart and that it might not work out. But at the same time it really made you feel how long-distance relationships could feel, even though theirs was complicated. My husband and I did long distance for a while until he moved in, so I understood the need of wanting the other person there.
  • I loved the postcard theme throughout the book! I think it would have been even more amazing if we could have seen the postcards though.

ARC Review: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

the memory book

Title: The Memory Book
Author: Lara Avery
Release Date/Publisher: July 5th 2016 by Poppy
Finished: July 21st 2016
Pages: 368-ARC Paperback-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

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Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

the martian

Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Release Date/Publisher: August 18th 2015 by Broadway Books
(first published 2011)
Finished: July 17th 2016
Pages: 369-Paperback-Won

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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