Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

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Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Format I Read: Kindle eBook
Pages: 304
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

General Impression


I’m reeling. I have tears in my eyes, honest to God, tears in my eyes. My heart is aching and my stomach is fuzzy and my hands are shaking. I want to share this book with every single person in the universe. It was absolutely beautiful, spectacular, awing, and amazing – perfection. I’ve read some great books recently, but one hasn’t struck me this hard in a long time. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is definitely worth a read. From the characters to the chemistry, from the complex issues to the puzzle of the story, from the writing to the uniqueness of the novel… a masterpiece from start to finish. Continue reading

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who haven’t heard of Everything, Everything:

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

General Impression


Honestly, I’m super conflicted about this book. I really don’t know how I feel. My gut instinct says that I’m not quite fulfilled, but my brain tells me that this book was satisfying enough.

I’m caught between 3 and 4 stars–I’m giving it 3.5. It was a fresh, interesting read that kept me entertained enough to read it all in one sitting. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the
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The book I’m waiting on this Wednesday is… Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry!

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Title: Walk the Edge
Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

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Title: This Ordinary Life
Author: Jennifer Walkup
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 240
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Luminis Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who don’t know what This Ordinary Life is about:

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health–not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

General Impression


Though this book had an interesting concept, the characters and the plot fell a little flat for me. Honestly, if the book wasn’t such a short and sweet read, I may have given up and DNF’d this. I ended up giving it 3 stars, but I was actually planning on 2 stars until the very end. However, it did have some solid points and redeeming qualities!

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Review: The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: The Masked Truth
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 340
Genres: Thriller, Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who are unfamiliar with The Masked Truth:

Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to find out that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

General Impression


I honestly don’t know how to write this review. I’m still reeling from that wild ride. Wow. I’m quivering, shaking, absolutely dying right now. The Masked Truth deserves every single one of those five stars–it deserves more than just those five stars. Continue reading

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Format I Read: Kindle Book
Pages: 337
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

General Impression


I was ridiculously excited to read this book – I ordered it from my online library and got an eBook for it. Right away, I jumped in. I’d been waiting weeks to read it. Everyone raves about how it’s their favorite Colleen Hoover book. I read Confess by Hoover last year and enjoyed it. I figured Ugly Love would blow me out of the water. Unfortunately, this book was a huge, heaping disappointment. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the
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The book I’m waiting on this Wednesday is… The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt!
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Title: The Distance from A to Z
Author: Natalie Blitt
Pages: N/A
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Impulse
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads

This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

Seventeen-year old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to exclusively wear baseball caps and jerseys.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between the distance between who she is and who he is, is worth the risk.

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