Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | Book Review

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Title: Second Chance Summer

Author: Morgan Matson

Publishing Details: Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 482 pages

Format: Kobo e-reader


Summary: Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and over-scheduled—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.


Review: This book is just so hyped, even now, after 4 years of publishing which led to me having very very high expectations for it. I’ve never read Morgan Matson books although pretty much all she writes is a big hit.

50% – I’m waiting for something to happen. ANYTHING!
The protagonist, Taylor has no healthy relationship with anyone in the world. We get it. Yet we’re reminded that OVER and OVER again of that and the fact that something really bad happened 5 years ago which changed her life! She was 12 years old. I don’t even remember how I was back then! I don’t understand what could possibly be so terrible to have happened at such a tender age that she just completely changed?! As far as I recalled there was no such traumatic event covered in the book like – suicide, rape, murder, depression? Nothing! Something traumatic does happen, but when she’s 17. Not the same incident.

We’re info dumped about the family and that they visit the Lake house together. But that’s all they do mostly. None of them seems interested in bonding with one another, ignoring each other most of the time, getting annoyed by them, etc. You’d believe that after whatever was happening, they’d do more than just get groceries twice.

I don’t get how Lisa and Henry are still pissed for whatever went down when they were 12. Honestly. Kids don’t hold grudges that long. Henry being her neighbor STILL doesn’t bump into her as often as a normal neighbor would. Its also really irritating how we’re reminded AGAIN and AGAIN that Taylor has no special skills at all and how everyone else is superior that way.

*le sigh*

100% – Now that I know what happened 5 years back, I just feel disappointed. Its so stupid I can’t even. You can’t hate someone for something like this so early in your life. It’s just not how childhood works. Even so, I was so glad things worked out between those three.
The only part I liked about the book was probably the fact that Warren, Taylor’s brother overcame his shyness and was brave enough to face his fears head on with smart decisions, unlike Taylor herself. I feel like her character didn’t much develop throughout, and just did in the last page all of a sudden.

Also, MURPHY! I love him. ❤

*awww*

The book deals with sickness and trauma too. How everyone has a different way of coping with sadness. I especially liked how even though she was not at all close to her mother, who seemed to prefer her sister, in the end it all worked out.

I really liked Henry, and I definitely believe that he deserves much better than Taylor. #NoHate
There’s friendship, loss, family, love, heartbreak. The entire mix needed for a good contemporary. Even so I did not enjoy it as much as other people do. Most of the time I’m not bothered by such tropes, but those were all I could think of during reading this.

I know I’m in the minority here, but I really hope Matson’s other books surprise me and end up on my favorites shelf.


Rating: 3

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2016 Reading Goals

Better late than never!

I read 150 books in 2015, even though a lot were graphic novels. Since its my last year in college along with work, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read.

So I put my Goodreads Goal – 100 books.

I really want to finish a series per month, so 12 in total. If I don’t feel like continuing with the same, I might jump on to some other series. Here are the series I’ve chosen as of now:

  • Uglies (1/4 done)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire (hopefully) (1/5 done)
  • Eragon (1/4 done)
  • The Winner’s Curse (1/3 done)
  • The Infernal Devices (0/3 done)
  • Marked (re-read)
  • The Lunar Chronicles (1/5 done)
  • The Raven Boys Quartet (0/4 done)
  • The 5th wave (2/3 done)
  • Half Bad (0/3 done)
  • Daughter of smoke and bone (1/3 done)
  • Lux series (2/5 done)

I’d also like to read more Classics and Literary Fiction novels. I thought I’d do that with the next challenge, cause most of the books will include in both.

The Rory Gilmore Challenge

For those who don’t know what this is, the protagonist from Gilmore Girls is really into reading, and someone made a list of all the books mentioned or seen on the show. There are around 340 in total, but I picked out some I was interested in reading. I’d really like to read at least 15 out of the 25 I picked.

Ze List:

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

 

That’s all folks! What are your goals this new year?

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January New Releases | 2016

There are some pretty exciting new releases coming up this month. I’m pretty sure most of these are already on your TBR. I will be focusing on Top 5 new releases that I cannot wait to dig in! Here goes:

 

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Name: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publication Date: 5th January 2016

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

 

 

 

Name: Truthwitch

Author: Susan Dennard

Publication Date: 5th January 2016

Publisher: Tor Teen

 

 

Name: Thicker Than Water

Author: Kelly Fiore

Publication Date: 5th January 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

 

 

Name: The Imposter Queen

Author: Sarah Fine

Publication Date: 5th January

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

 

Name: The Dark Days Club

Author: Alison Goodman

Publication Date: 26th January 2016

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

 

 

Which ones are you excited for? Did I miss something I should read? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S – All the Names are linked to the Goodreads pages for more info. 🙂

Drool Worthy Covers #9 | Sunday Cover

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Name:  Passenger

Author:  Alexandra Bracken

Genre:  YA/ Fantasy/ Time Travel

Previous Work by the Author:  The Darkest Minds Trilogy

Synopsis: passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

Thoughts:  If the cover and the synopsis isn’t good enough to make you want to read this beautiful book, I don’t know what will. Time travel? YES. Pirates? YES. Interesting plot-line? YES.

This book releases on 5th January 2016 by Disney Hyperion. 

The Goodreads page link to the book – CLICK HERE

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Today, I’ll be shouting out to Maria over at BigCityBookworm | Her blog is filled with book and TV/Movie recommendations and amazing reviews. I particularly love her Bookstagram account! Please check her wnderful blog out. 😀

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The Chocolate Book Tag | Saturday Tag

This Tag was created by A Daydreamer’s Ramblings and I was tagged by nobody but CHOCOLATE! Watch the original Tag video here. I tag you all to do it. 😀

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1. Dark Chocolate – A book that covers a dark topic.

Note: This book deals with Suicide so please bear that in mind if you’re uncomfortable reading about that.

18336965My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

This book is based on Aysel, the protagonist who wants nothing more than to die. She seeks out help from a site where she finds a suicide partner, Roman and they get to know each other to make sure that they’re not going to back out. Things go around after that, but the problems start when Aysel isn’t sure if she really wants to die after all.

I really liked this book, and I gave it a solid 4 star rating on goodreads.

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2. White Chocolate – Favorite light or humorous read.

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is the funniest person ever. Her book will make you laugh and cry and make you feel good about yourself. As you read through her struggles and experiences, you sorta relate to things you never realized before. Another 4 stars read 😀

A great humorous read? – Yes Please! (Read my full review here)

 

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3. Milk Chocolate – A book that has a lot of hype, which you’re dying to read.

23734628Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet. I absolutely adore Rainbow Rowell’s books and even though I didn’t much enjoy the Simon Snow parts in Fangirl, I still want to read this one.

If you’ve read this already, let me know how it was and if I should pick this up immediately!

 

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4. Chocolate with a caramel center – A book which makes you feel all gooey inside.

19508953Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Definitely all Stephanie Perkins books. But my personal favorite remains Book 1. If you ever feel blue and want to get your spirit back up, read this cute short contemporary which will 100% help you out and give you a serious need to go to Paris at once!

The thing I loved most is that Stephanie always makes it a point to make us feel like we’re in the city by making us live it.

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5. Wafer free kitkat – A book that surprised you.

15863832Angelfall by Susan Ee

I never thought I’d love this book as much as I actually did. I literally completed the entire trilogy in two days!

Angelfall follows a fallen angel and a mortal girl as their paths intertwine and they realize that not all Angels are bad and that Humans could still be capable of showing humanity in the Apocalyptic world. The protagonists Raffe and Penryn undergo such character development that it just made the whole experience better. Solid 5 star reads!

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6. Snickers – A book you’re going nuts about.

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I just read the first and second volume and WOAH! I’m in love with these books.

The interpretations of the inspirational quotes and the artwork accompanying it is just stunning and will inspire and push you to feel good about yourself and work harder just for yourself.

A graphic novel I’d recommend to everyone. ❤

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7. Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows – A book you’d turn to for a comfort read.

72193Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

This should be self explanatory honestly. This series has been almost every child’s childhood and has never gone away even when they grew up.

This has taught me everything I needed to learn – friendship, love, sacrifice, humanity, selflessness, bravery, companionship and so many other things. It taught me how no one is good or bad, its just what we choose to be more. Always a comfort read.

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8. Box of Chocolates – A series which has something for everyone.

7736182Percy Jackon and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I’d have definitely put Harry Potter in this category, but since I wanted to talk about something other than HP, I decided to go with these series. The PJO series for a younger audience and The HoO series for any age group. This too contains so many different elements along with a general knowledge about Greek Mythology, making it a great read.

 

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Do you agree with my choice for each category? What would you have chosen instead if not? Let me know in the comments! If you want to know my thoughts on any of these add me on goodreads! Click right here.

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Her blog is a perfect mix of things we all love. Accessories, books and clothes! Give her some love and subscribe immediately to fill your feed with her amazing posts.