2-star books

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

My rating: 2 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.21 / 5 stars

Let’s skip all the preamble-y stuff and get right to the heart of this book:

It’s basically a modern version of The Catcher in the Rye. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”

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1-star Books

Atlantia by Ally Condie

My rating: 1 / 5 stars  | Goodreads: 3.4 / 5 stars

Look at the cover. Just look at it. And the title. Doesn’t it make you think of oceans, and mermaids, and hidden cities under the sea? That’s what I was expecting. I remember reading the Matched series by Ally Condie a few years ago. They probably weren’t the greatest books ever, but I did enjoy them at the time. Atlantia, however, was a let-down (and now I’m worried the Matched books are worse than I remember them).

The story starts at a ceremony where all the 16-year-olds in the city have to decide what to do with the rest of their lives. (Does anyone else smell a trope? *sniff sniff*) The choices: remain in the safe-as-a-city-built-in-a-glass-bubble-underwater can be Atlantia, or go above ground where the polluted air will almost undoubtedly cause disease and where you will have to work hard labor for the rest of your days in order to provide for those living “below.” (We hear that a lot throughout the novel, “above” and “below.”) The main character, Rio, has always longed to escape Atlantia and go above, but her twin sister Bay has made her promise to stay below with her, since their mother was recently killed and Bay doesn’t wish to be alone. But once Rio makes her pledge to stay in Atlantia…Bay pledges to go above, and is gone before Rio can confront her to find out why. Continue reading “Atlantia by Ally Condie”

3-star books, Uncategorized

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

My rating: 3 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.85 / 5 stars

I picked up this book at the suggestion of BookTuber Jesse the Reader.

It was a mistake. This book broke me.

It was also kind of awesome, though. I mean, I had to go for a walk out in the sunshine and listen to overly peppy music for about half an hour so that I wouldn’t spiral into a bleak mood for the rest of the day (or week), but the experience was worth it. Continue reading “We Were Liars by E. Lockhart”

2-star books, 4-star Books

Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins

Hello, reader friends! Today I bring you the great and wonderful product of my Procrastination Problem™: the “mini review”! “What on earth is a mini review, Natalie?” I’m glad you asked!

This post is where I will share my thoughts about books I have read, but don’t have enough to say about them to write a full review. It seemed like a nice way to share the thoughts I did have without pulling the old English-major trick of saying the same thing over and over in different ways just to reach a word count. Continue reading “Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins”

2-star books

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 2 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.99 / 5 stars

I have heard nothing but good things about Shatter Me, and finally got around to reading it over Thanksgiving. (I’m behind on reviews, okay? Procrastination happens.)

I didn’t really connect with this novel from the very beginning, but I was willing to give it a try because, 1.) I know it is a well-loved novel, and 2.) Mafi’s unique style of crossing out Juliette’s thoughts was incredibly intriguing to me. I’d never come across a method like that and thought it was very creative, and a good way to make the narration feel more like readers are inside the main character’s thoughts. Mafi’s style was probably my favorite part of the book. Continue reading “Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

4-star Books

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 4 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.83 / 5 stars

Things I Should Have Known was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It was unpredictable in the most laid-back of ways, and very heartwarming. I loved the narrator, Chloe, because she was written in a way that sounded very natural and realistic, and also because she was amusing and easy to follow without being just another fluffy, easy read. I picked up this book as a result of watching JesseTheReader videos on YouTube. A few of his suggestions have been disappointments to me, but we had a hit with Things I Should Have Known. (Sidenote: If you have any suggestions for other BookTubers I should follow, I’d be happy to hear about them in the comment section below!) Let’s delve into a quick synopsis. Continue reading “Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik”

5-star Books

Paper Towns by John Green

My rating: 5 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 3.87 / 5 stars

Hello, friends! Nothing follows a review about a John Green book quite like a review of another John Green book. Let’s get started!

Paper Towns is my favorite John Green book to date. (Granted, I haven’t read Turtles All the Way Down yet, but to be honest, the title isn’t inspiring a lot of confidence.) I think I enjoy Paper Towns so much because it deals with questions I spend a lot of my own time pondering: Who am I? Who are all these other people? Is it possible to ever truly understand someone else? Continue reading “Paper Towns by John Green”

4-star Books, Uncategorized

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 4 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

Writing a review about The Fault in Our Stars — especially now, years after it became so wildly popular and still ranks pretty high in the lists — feels a little like…well, I have no comparison. It’s intimidating. Just plain intimidating. Continue reading “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”

2-star books, 3-star books

The Syrena Legacy (Trilogy) by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon – My rating: 3 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.04 / 5 stars
Of Triton – My rating: 3 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.00 / 5 stars
Of Neptune – My rating: 2 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 3.82 / 5 stars

My earliest memory is of playing at the beach with my parents, floating on an inflatable raft, wishing I could be a mermaid. Unfortunately, all these years later, I have not grown a fin or gills, so the next best thing is to read books about mermaids, right? Right.

Anna Banks’s The Syrena Legacy trilogy was just as cheesy as would be expected, but pleasantly well-written and surprisingly engaging. I’m not going to pretend these books are the “Next Big Thing” or that they’re anything beyond a basic easy read, but I greatly enjoyed them. (Fantasy is my favorite, after all.) Continue reading “The Syrena Legacy (Trilogy) by Anna Banks”

3-star books

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating: ⅗ stars | Goodreads rating: 4.10/5 stars
I first wanted to pick up this book after I saw a commercial for the movie. I thought the concept was interesting – a girl who is allergic to, well, everything risking everything in one desperate, grand adventure? It was bound to be dramatic, informative, full of conflict and questions. Continue reading “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon”