We’ve come to the conclusion that all book bloggers/readers are one of the most insane types of people in the world. We’ve already settled that debate. Yet, I have another piece of evidence to add to that table. I have read this month a total of THIRTEEN books this month AND THIS IS NOT COUNTING the several of Wattpad books I’ve read when my hands were just too tired from holding a physical book (also really shows I need to work out more) The good news is that I’ve already made reviews for a couple of these books! HUZZAH you finally do your job, Gabi! Anyways, some of these books are ARCs so I won’t go into the details of the details. Just did I like it? What about the characters? Would I throw it at someone? (expect a “yes” at every book for the last question)Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing on May 8th 2012
From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.
Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
I can now officially say that I’ve read every Morgan Matson book in existence, and I’m so happy I can! Morgan Matson is…a genius? Perfection? Those are good words. AND THIS ONE WAS NO DIFFERENT. Now I’m no book cryer. I’m really ashamed of that too. I WANT TO CRY. I will though shed a few tears at times. I bawled in this book. Straight up BAWLED THE LIVING HELL. Last time, I cried this much…I was reading A Court of Wings and Ruin!! (obvious reasons) and just so you know how much this book had an impact on me. I went straight to my parents’ bedroom so I can cry with them…too bad they wereDorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) by Danielle Paige
Published by HarperCollins on April 1st 2014
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.
Now this book was one of those books that I PROCRASTINATED THE LIVING HELL OUT OF READING. And to be honest…I really didn’t mind that I did after. Not to say, this wasn’t a good book! Hell, I rated it FOUR HEARTS. I am not of a fan of the Wizard of Oz story in general. It’s pretty much why I don’t listen to Wicked…BUT YEAH I’m a huge disappointment. I did love this though. I thought it was unique as hell. It was actually the inspiration behind a play I am currently writing. Anyways, I don’t really have to throw this one at you guys, cause you were the ones that threw at me, so thank you.Trust Me, I'm Lying (Trust Me, #1) by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Published by Delacorte Press on October 14th 2014
Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.
But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.
Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.
I don’t think I’m reading the rest of the series. I liked this book, I really did. I think the one thing…well two things, that bothered me were; one, the main character. I thought she was a teensy bit on the annoying as hell side. I can’t blame her, to have done what she’s gone through, and not be annoying? Hah. Practically a miracle. The second thing was the love triangle. Now I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles in general, even though are some tragically good ones (*cough* Infernal Devices *cough*) This was one just…annoying? I guess? There aren’t really words to describe it. I just don’t like it.Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1) by Claudia Gray
on April 4th 2017
She’s a soldier.
Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.
He’s a machine.
Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.
Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.
I loved this. There are no words, except I love this. I love the characters. I love the romance. I love the characters. The whole plotline. THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING! For those of you haven’t read it yet…haha proceed to catch the book I just threw at you. I’m not the biggest sci-fi reader, and that is just because of…well that’s a total lie. I forgot that the whole “alien thing” is considered sci-fi, and I love the alien thing. Other than that though, I’ve never seen any sci-fi book that caught my eye THEN THIS ONE CAME ALONG!I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
on January 1st 1970
Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
AH, THE SECOND-HAND EMBARRASSMENT I GOT FROM THIS BOOK! This was so adorable! It’s been a while since I read a cutesy-read, and then I read two in a row! (look at next book) and then I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t stop blushing. This book was so adorable, and the concept behind it reminded me so much of To All The Boys I Loved Before. Please read if you haven’t. Please. Please. PLEASE.Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on December 5th 2017
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.
The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn't supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn't know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they're both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia's ever seen. As Claudia's world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.
Now this book hasn’t released yet! Nor have I read Emma Mills’ other books. Yet now, after this one, I AM GOING TO. Guys this is literally my second favorite contemporary read of 2017. First, obviously being Eliza and Her Monsters. I related to the main character so freaking much that I had to check back to see what her name was since I kept replacing it with mine. THE RELATIONSHIPS! Just..just..just read it. I will say one thing that I disliked cause I am being unfair. The main character does make some stupid decisions at times…until she realizes it 🙂The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1) by Michelle Hodkin
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 7th 2017
In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
HAH. You really thought I was going to talk about this 😀