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”

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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”

Book Tags

The Grinch Book Tag

~ created by Thoughts on Tomes ~

Half the lights on the Christmas tree are burned out. Name a book, series, or character that started out good but went downhill. The Divergent series. I thought Divergent and Insurgent were great! Interesting, action-packed, fast-paced. There was even a character with my name! (Why is it that the only Natalies in YA are mothers who end up dying? Anyway.) But Allegiant felt too much like a patch-up job for me. Plus, of course, there’s that huge heart-breaker at the end! Continue reading “The Grinch Book Tag”

5-star Books, Uncategorized

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

My rating: 5/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.12/5 stars

FANTASTIC.

That’s it, I’m done. This review is over. We can all go home.

“But, Natalie! We want to know more!” Well, all right! If you insist! I can hardly begin to tell you how much I loved this book. Geekerella is a modern retelling of the story of Cinderella. (I know. “Another one?” But bear with me.) The story of Cinderella is probably one of the most well-known, long-standing fairy tales in history. The idea of a girl with nothing being found, despite all odds, by the boy with everything has appealed to people across generations and nations. Author Ashley Poston brings a new twist to the tale in the form of — in case you couldn’t guess — total and absolute geekdom.

It was awesome. Continue reading “Geekerella by Ashley Poston”

0-star Books, Uncategorized

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

My rating: 0/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.39/5 stars

I knew nothing about this book when I picked it up except for a few semi-interesting commercials for the movie. I thought it sounded intriguing and fast-paced. The first few pages reminded me of both Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars and Dave Eggers’s The Circle. Because Nerve was a fairly easy read, I finished the book in a weekend.

Let me save you from making the same mistake. Continue reading “Nerve by Jeanne Ryan”

3-star books, Uncategorized

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 3/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.74/5 stars

Requiem is the third and final installment in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy. (Click here for reviews of Delirium and Pandemonium!) Oliver’s writing is as graceful in this last novel as it is in the previous two. I much prefer prose to poetry, but I do enjoy reading prose that is so carefully crafted that it feels like poetry. The story itself was exciting enough–finally, there is a movement against the governing forces! The majority of my thoughts about this book fall into three major categories: Hanna, the love triangle, and the ending. (Read with caution! Many spoilers ahead!) Continue reading “Requiem by Lauren Oliver”

1-star Books, Uncategorized

The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

My rating: 1/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.82/5 stars

I gotta be honest: I was disappointed with this book. On the plus side, this review is going to be short, to prevent me from being as repetitive and boring as the book itself. Let’s begin, shall we?

This isn’t a book I would have picked up originally, but I wasn’t sure what to read next and must have found it on a Pinterest suggested reading list, though I can’t find it now. I definitely enjoy sci-fi/fantasy novels, though The Moon Dwellers sounded a little heavier on the “sci-fi” part. After (finally) finishing it, however, I’m not sure what genre I would classify this book under. Whatever it is, it isn’t my cup of tea. Or cocoa. Or coffee. Whichever warm beverage you prefer. Continue reading “The Moon Dwellers by David Estes”