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Sorry everyone for the lack of activity on my blog, I’ve decided to no longer participate in this year’s Blogmas for personal reasons. Hope you all can understand that this decision was a difficult one to make and had to take a lot into consideration regarding the posts I had planned as well as assignment matters. But the good news is that I’ve been reading books again and have some new reviews to share! So, let’s see what I thought of these three books:
I am part of a YA book group, this was October’s pick of the month but have only just got around to finishing it yesterday. Going into The Girl Of Ink and Stars, I wasn’t really sure what to expect other than adventure and um… Stars. Me being me, I thought this was a book set in space, it isn’t. I would definitely say however that the plotline sounded more MG to me then YA but I like reading MG and as a nineteen year old, I have loved reading stories for a younger audience. The story follows young Isabella who lives on a island with a father as a cartographer (person who draws maps and follows the constellations of stars in the sky above). A girl Isabella knows is murdered then her best friend Lupe goes missing after she ventures out to solve the mystery surrounding the murder itself. Being worried, Isabella disguises herself as a boy and joins the search party looking for Lupe and using the map skills she has acquired from her father.
What I enjoyed was the astrological aspect as well as the adventure involving Isabella on the search for Lupe. Sadly, the length of the story is what let it down for me a little, once I did feel fully on board with everything that was happening, the adventure was over. I think younger readers around the age of 12 or 13 will really enjoy this. Overall, a great idea that just needs some more development to it. The illustrations in my edition were really pretty to look at, what made the reading easier was that the story was clearly split into sections so for example, the first part is set in Joya then it moves onto the forests and so on.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Guys… My little classic movies heart is just bursting at the seams. The references made just askajaksjaksa. Anyway, onto my actual thoughts! I read Alex Approximately in one sitting pretty late at night and enjoyed the experience. If you are a fan of the film You’ve Got Mail, this is basically like the film itself, just having teens as main characters and set in California, not Brooklyn. Bailey also known as Mink has been chatting to a guy called Alex online on a film lovers forum and harbouring a secret crush for him despite not knowing what he looks like. Her parents are divorced so she moves into a town on the coast which is the same one that this Alex is said to be located in to be with her Dad who is also dating a local police cop. Finding work at a local museum, she meets one of the security guards called Porter who is not only a twit, he’s a very attractive one too. As the summer turns to autumn, Bailey must work out what her heart really wants. This mysterious Alex or Porter.
The perfect Contemporary summer read for teens over the age of fifteen. I loved the fact that Bailey is against such a film fanatic and not reading a character like that before in YA, that was super refreshing to see. It is a long book but I was satisfied with the conclusion and as a standalone, am pleased where the story stands. The story touched on so many other things such as peer pressure, parent relationships, friendships, I could go on and on. There are scenes of gun use around 40% of the way in so little warning to those who are interested in reading Alex Approximately and find those kind of scenes uncomfortable to read. I am excited to read some more books by Jenn!
Rating: 4/5 stars
People, it was worth waking up at 4am in the morning to pick up Autoboyography, my feels are still in tatters right now a few hours later after I finished the epilogue. I have absolutely no hesitation recommending this book to others, hands down one of my most favourite books that I’ve ever read (and I don’t say that very often). The cover is absolutely stunning and once I read one of my closet friend’s reviews on her blog, I was instantly sold. Tanner is the main character, he’s an eighteen year old who has moved states from California to Utah. Once openly bisexual, he is forced to retract from that and hide away. His hiding suddenly comes to light when his friend Autumn suggests that he takes a seminar offered by the high school they attend. The goal is to write a novel in four months, but a massive distraction in the form of Sebastian Brother, a novel he wrote in the previous year’s seminar which ended up with a publishing contract and is back to mentor the year’s students. From the start, both of them discover that everything in life can be an adventure and whether taking the risks would be worth it.
This novel tackles aspects such as writing, family relationships, love, Mormon (as Sebastian is Mormon and bought up in a family of Mormons), religion and life changes. From the first page, I was left spellbound by the growing desires between Tanner and Sebastian. I love it when authors and writing are involved within the plotline. The tensions and relationships, joy and heartbreak which was experienced throughout. I was generally left in tears once the ending of book arrived. The writing style was simply beautiful and again as a standalone, was left satisfied with the pacing and life developments. I love, love, love this book, it was everything I could have wanted and ask for. I’m tearing up as I write this oh my. But for anyone looking for a good LGBTQIA+ YA novel, this is the one, look no further.
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Here are images of the books I am either currently reading or just about to start:
Let me know what books you are currently reading and see you all very soon!