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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | Book Review

Title:

The Fill-In Boyfriend


Author:

Kasie West


Publication Details:

May 5th, 2015 by Harper Collins


Genre:

Contemporary


Pages:

352 pages


Format:

Kobo


Summary:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


Review:

This was such a cute contemporary! I’m not usually a fan of romance and such, but I could not help but love this book.
Although the protagonists did stupid stuff all the teens do, I didn’t feel the urge to roll my eyes.
I connected to Gia the most, in all aspects, and was surprised by how much resemblance there is.
We often let others decide what we do and what we are, in the hopes of fitting in and being liked by the society, but we forget that we cannot truly pretend to be this perfect person and be happy at the same time.
What matters is your own self, and not what others think. And there might also be a chance that they’d like the real you.
Lying to people close to you will not only cause problems and hurt, but can also make someone stop trusting you forever. I guess its human instinct to defend ourselves but we should know when to stop the pretense.
I absolutely loved Hayden and Bec. They were all I ever wished for, a great sibling relation. But I guess not everyone is that lucky haha since I don’t even have a brother or sister.
Olivia was just as amazing. wild yet concerned, crazy but yet having the sense of right and wrong.
Although Gia’s parents were hell bent on pretending to be perfect, the ending made it all fine.
I love how she realized that it didn’t really matter that things weren’t turning the way she wanted to and that it was fine.
She realized that even though she probably lost her best friend, and it would never be the same again, it was okay because they had their share of togetherness and it was time to make new friends and venture into something new alone.
I liked the sarcasm, the cliches and the stereotypes that were used in this book. It was an incredible experience.


Rating:

4 HALF

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I Was Here by Gayle Foreman | Book Review

Title:

I Was Here


Author:

Gayle Foreman


Publication Details:

1st Jan 2015


Genre:

Contemporary / YA


Format:

Kobo


Pages:

300 pages


Summary:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.


Review:

This book speaks on so many levels, its really hard to either hate it or love it. It seems really sad that Cody has to go through all of that because her best friend committed suicide and had depression, which the whole family somehow succeeded in keeping it a secret for so many years from the person who practically was a family member herself, Meg’s best friend/ almost sister! I mean, it seems really hard to believe.
I understand what Cody is feeling, I mean obviously she feels left behind, hurt and lonely. (view spoiler)
Cody keeps a cold relation with Alice, but is friendly at once with Harry, just because he can help her, and more than friendly with Ben, who she knows had a thing with her recently deceased best friend, just cause he’s attractive and keeps her entertained. I mean seriously. So annoying!
I liked the writing, even though I didn’t much like the way things proceeded in the plot, thus the reduced two stars. This was my first Gayle Foreman book and I was somewhat disappointed.


Quotes:

“You had a pile of rocks, and you cleaned them up pretty and made a necklace. Meg got jewels, and she hung herself with them”

“I can keep picking small fights, or brave the big one.Time to screw my courage. Or go down trying”

“Sometimes we meet people and are so symbiotic with them, it’s as if we are one person, with one mind, one destiny”

“It seems abstract when you’re dealing with people online, but they are still people, and some of them are not nice people, not the kind you ever want to be in a room with.”
Sometimes you don’t even need to be in the same room for the damage to be done.”

“It’s funny how once you start pretending, you realize how much everyone else is too.”


Rating:

3

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Book Review

Title:

Magonia


Author:

Maria Dahvana Headley


Publishing Details:

April 28th, 2015 by Harper Collins


Pages:

320 pages


Format:

Kobo


Genre:

Fantasy/ YA


Summary:

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds… two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?


Review:

First off, I am in love with this cover!

So I’m still confused about my feelings for this book.
Although the plot was great and everything, I didn’t connect much to the characters nor did I like the world-building. The whole new world she entered was so different and yet wasn’t described much like I had hoped for. I had a hard time imagining things in my head.
Talking about the time when Aza was still on Earth, I guess I liked her sarcastic and ready attitude better. Her relation with Jason was something I could feel like happening in real. So when things turned around, I was rooting more for Jason’s POV and to find out more about what he researched in order to get Aza. His dedication and love her her saw no boundaries and that’s when I decided I shipped them.
Zal, as a character didn’t speak to me much. It was like she didn’t exist other than to give idiotic orders and shit.
I could say, I almost detested her.
Aza may have become more powerful and confident, but she could see the right from the wrong and I guess that’s what matters when you’re in such a position.
Can’t say I hated the book, but I don’t love it either.
I’m also very intrigued about what the capital will be like even if I don’t care about what the characters are gonna be facing.
One of the very few books without a cliffhanger in the end, its sad. I wanted a cliffhanger. Would have made me alter my review.
I read the book in around 6 hours. So its not a huge book, and thus I yearned for more. There were parts which could have been so much more amazing and badass, and yet there they were, dull and lifeless.
All in all, an okay book.


Rating:

3 HALF

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A Magic Dark And Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic| Book Review

Title:

A Magic Dark And Bright


Author:

Jenny Adams Perinovic


Publishing Details:

April 28th 2015 by Bookish Group Press


Format:

eARC


Pages:

321 pages


Summary:

She meant to help a ghost…not unleash a curse.
Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died.
The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return.
Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace–and Charlie agrees to help her.
But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.


Review:

Disclaimer: This book was given to me from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

There are very few books and movies which can make me stay up all night AFTER completing it because of fear or because my mind is in over drive.
This book definitely did.
The plot seemed so interesting, and the cover was absolutely gorgeous, but don’t be fooled by that! Its way more dark then it seems.
Amelia can see a ghost and after the terrible things that happened recently, she yearns to see the ghost again, as she may just hold answers to Amelie’s questions.
When Charlie entered the plot, I instantly knew there was something about him that was different.
So when girls began dying people started associating their deaths to his arrival, and the fact that his grand mother was called a witch by the locals.

There were some really adorable moments between the two main characters, and even though I didn’t enjoy Amelie’s relation with her other friends and her mother, I found her okay as a character. Although sometimes they acted so stupidly, I felt like banging my head to a wall!

As the mystery unveils we get sucked in the story as intrigue and suspense take over. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait for book 2!


Rating: 5


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The Martian by Andy Weir | Book Review

Title:

The Martian


Author:

Andy Weir


Published:

2011


Format:

Audiobook


Pages:

(in the physical book) 385


Summary:

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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?


Review:

1. Everyone in this book, especially the protagonist, Watney IS DOWNRIGHT SASSY AND SARCASTIC AS FUCK.
2. AND I LOVE THAT!
3. How the hell did his mind work so much, I have absolutely no friggin idea.
4. There were a few instances where it got really boring and when he just blabbed on and on about scientific shit. BUT, I still enjoyed it A LOT.
5. I miss reading about him now.
6. The person who narrated the thing, is the perfect voice for Watney ❤
7. I’m amazed at how quickly all his crew members got ready to extend their trip, no matter how dangerous it was, to save him. That’s the amount of loyalty we need in our lives.
8. I love how Watney does exactly what NASA tells him NOT to. Its hilarious! After a while, even NASA sends back sarcastic replies. Like, I can’t even. 😛
9. My heart stopped a few times during certain scenes *cough*explosions*cough*.
10. I loved this book, but due to the places where I got a bit bored, I gave it a 4 star rating instead of 5.

CANNOT WAIT FOR THE BLOODY FILM.


Quotes:

(I have so many that I love.. I can’t even…)

1. “I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”

2. “Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.”

3. “Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.”
What do you know? I’m in command”

4. “Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”

5. “I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.”

6. “Gay probe coming to save me. Got it.”

7. “If you want to play it safe all the time, go join an insurance company.”

8. “It’s true, you know. In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl.”

9. “I’m calling it the Watney Triangle because after what I’ve been through, shit on Mars should be named after me.”

10. “I’m even going to electrolyze my urine. That’ll make for a pleasant smell in the trailer.
If I survive this, I’ll tell people I was pissing rocket fuel.”

11. “Blissfull unconsiousness became foggy awareness which transitioned into painful reality”

12. “I admit it’s fatally dangerous,” Watney said. “But consider this: I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.” “We’ll keep working on ideas,” Lewis said. “Iron Man, Commander. Iron Man.”

13. “I tested the brackets by hitting them with rocks. This kind of sophistication is what we interplanetary scientists are known for.”

14. “You may be wondering what else I do with my free time. I spend a lot of it sitting around on my lazy ass watching TV. But also do you, so don’t judge.”

15. “Also, please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world. [12:15] WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)”

16. “Not enough,” Annie said. “The press is crawling down my throat for this. And up my ass. Both directions, Venkat! They’re gonna meet in the middle!”

17. “They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars.
In your face, Neil Armstrong!”