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
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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!
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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.

Mini-Reviews: The Scorch Trials + The Death Cure

the-scorch-trialsThe Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)

Author: James Dashner
Publisher/Release Date: September 13th 2011 by Delacorte Press
Pages: 361-Paperback-Owned
Finished: October 15th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • First I have to do a movie comparison. This was WAY better than the movie! Technically it’s completely different, hardly anything was the same. The book delivered while the movie didn’t.
  • There was a lot of action and fighting to survive in this crazy wilderness called the Scorch. It’s pretty intense, especially some of the weather.
  • They’re being tested yet again in this book, but the stakes are higher and the challenges tougher. More people unfortunately die, but we start to figure out a little bit more about WICKED and what’s happening and what happened before this all.
  • This was a really good book and a solid follow-up to The Maze Runner. I don’t think fans will be disappointed.

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the-death-cureThe Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

Author: James Dashner
Publisher/Release Date: January 8th 2013 by Delacorte Press
Pages: 325-Paperback-Owned
Finished: October 22nd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:5/5

Review:

  • We figure out so much about WICKED and everything!! I was so glad for that. I couldn’t read another book after finishing the second one, I had to get right to this because I needed to know what happened. And luckily I wasn’t left hanging.
  • There’s so much that goes on. As always you’re left doubting, like Thomas, who’s telling the truth and what’s really happening. And you get to see some of the outer world like it really is, which I know I’d been wondering about since the first book.
  • This was such a good series, and I can’t wait to read the two companion books! I own one and will be getting the newest soon.

ARC Mini-Reviews: Aerie + Three Dark Crowns

aerieAerie (Magonia #2)

Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher/Release Date: October 4th 2016
Pages: 320-eBook ARC-given for review
Finished: June 20th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review:

  • Enjoyed the book and unique writing style again. It was a good story and so much was revealed and came to a close.
  • I don’t remember if I mentioned it in the last book, but when they do their singing I always kind of got confused. I was never sure if there was words, or just sounds. It gets a little clearer in this book but I also think some of the singing would have been amazing with lyrics so we could feel their emotions even more.
  • I still enjoyed the first book more, most likely because this world was so new at the time, but this was a good addition. People who loved the first book will still enjoy this one!

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three dark crownsThree Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher/Release Date: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen
Pages: 416-eBook ARC-Given for review
Finished: n/a
Goodreads
My Rating: DNF

Review:

  • All three sisters have their own chapters. We get to know them as the story goes on but after a while it starts to get a little dull and nothing much happens.
  • At 42% the main focus is only on two sisters, Katherine doesn’t show up much. And the chapters with Arsinoe seem to focus way more on her friend Jules than the actual girl who is going to fight to be queen, which was kind of weird.
  • It was almost half way into the book and the sisters still hasn’t met. I was hoping they would have gotten to the Beltane a lot quicker so they could start competing against each other. Aside from a love interest for a character who isn’t a queen.
  • I ended up DNFing this book because I lost interest and not much happens. I don’t know if and when it picks up, but I wasn’t enjoying myself and I kept wanting to read other books.

I was given these advanced review copies for free in exchange for an honest review.