The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: Review

The Female of the Species

1/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, “Mystery”, “Thriller”, Romance

Series: Standalone

The Story:

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

My review:

I honestly understand why this book has incredibly high ratings with not a single negative review in sight. It deals with important topics, such as rape and sexual assault (trigger warning for that) and it deals with it pretty well. My issue was more with the plot and the ending. (Major spoilers ahead and they will not be marked.)

My expectations for this one were way too high and when I finished this book, I was extremely disappointed. My problem with this book was that there was seriously not much of a plot? This is also characterized as a mystery/thriller and I feel like that’s a wrong category for this book because it’s more contemporary-ish than a thriller. Sure, it has it’s thrilling moments, but I would not classify this book under that genre.

Nothing intriguing and interesting happens in this book.It’s boring as fuck. You have to follow the book and let it take lead without knowing anything from the blurb. You just gotta go with the flow for this one and that didn’t work out for me because that flow wasn’t taking me anywhere. But if you’re the “go with the flow” type of person then I guess you’d enjoy this.

I want to take a moment to talk about the characters because I didn’t like a single one of these dumb fucks.

Alex Craft is like a walking killing machine. I liked her ways of thinking about feminism, but she was just a tad bit too extra with her violence. She’s killed someone and gotten away with it. And what happened with her character at the end just pissed me off. The author just kills her off. Ummmm why??? She a fucking serial killer and you just kill her off at the end, heroically saving someone? She murdered someone, I don’t care if he’s bad. She murdered someone and instead of making her face justice, the author just kills her off at the end? I don’t know man, feels cheap to me.

Jack Fisher = A ghost. What the fuck is the point of this guy in the book? I seriously don’t understand.

Peekay was a character I actually liked and enjoyed reading about.

Overall, this book is important and I got the message, but I did not enjoy it all.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe: Review

A List of Cages

4/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Series: Standalone

The Story:

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives… 

My review:

Honestly, don’t touch me right now because MY EYES ARE A SWEATY MESS AND I DON’T EVEN CARE IF THAT SOUNDS EXTREMELY GROSS. I knew this book was going to be an emotional punch in the gut because everyone has been crying and raving about this. This book was heartbreaking from page one because my little Julian.

If you don’t know already, I love sad, depressing, and heartbreaking books because I just love the suffering and pain sad books bring. But what I love most about “sad, depressing, and heartbreaking” books is that stay with me for a long long time. I love how they aren’t happy fairy tales, but the ugly and harsh truth about our world. This book is one of those kinds of books. And I strongly recommend you pick it up and read it.

! Spoilers ahead?? !

TRIGGER WARNING: Child abuse

A List of Cages is about two teenagers, Julian and Adam who were once foster brothers, but then Julian is taken into custody by an uncle he never knew he had. Ever since, his life is a living fucking hell. Julian’s beaten, whipped, isolated and terrified of everything. It was absolutely horrible and heartbreaking to read about this innocent fourteen year old boy being treated like this.

Julian is one of the most sweetest, innocent, and forgiving characters ever. He’s one of those people I would like to hug and feed vanilla ice cream with sprinkles on top to everyday !!!! Julian has been through so much a kid his age or anyone’s age shouldn’t have to go through AT ALL. And reading about his life made me cry so much because no one deserves what he went through. I loved him.

Adam is such an amazing character as well. He was so friendly and lovable towards Julian. He’s so caring, lovable, and kind towards everyone. (Except for Julian’s asshole uncle which I totally understand.) Also, his ADHD was dealt with absolutely brilliantly. Though I enjoyed reading from his POV, I looked forward to Julians’ POV’s more.

We seriously need more positive sibling relationships in YA books. The one in this book is one of the freaking best EVER. Like, I’m seriously crying over Adam and Julian’s relationship. They love and care for each other so much and they are always there for each other. It’s just so beautiful, my God.

Overall, if you’re still having doubts about reading this, hit me up and I’ll be there to throw this book in your face.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: Review

The Love Interest

2/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary. GLBT

Series: Standalone

The Story:

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

My review: SPOILERS AHEAD

This book gave a very promising story of two guys that are supposed to win the heart of a very awkward and cringy girl named Juliet, but instead, they fall for each other. Sounds good? Lol, no think again. This book had so much potential to be fucking AMAZING, but it was executed very very badly.

PROS:
○The beginning was actually very interesting. The whole idea of a company making love interests’ for people was so intriguing and fun to read about. I loved learning about how this entire organization operates. Making “Bad” and “Nice” guys/girls who work in a love triangle to win the heart of the girl/boy. The Bad and Nice have to compete against each other and who ever loses dies. I enjoyed the first 100 pages of this because everything was being introduced and it was such an original and cool idea.
○That’s literally about it.

THEN THINGS WENT DOWN REAL BAD AND FAST.

○Juliet was introduced.
○She is the most awkward, dumb, and cringiest person to ever fucking exist in the human race.
○Does she not know how to speak with people?
○BITCH YOU IS KNOWN TO BE A PRODIGY, YET YOU CANNOT FUCKING ENGLISH.

 

“Why are you looking at me like that?”
I shrug my shoulders. “I can’t help it.”
“I—I,” she stammers. “I have no idea how to respond to that, so I’m going to ignore it. Anyway, Caden, I can’t believe I almost forgot to show you my absolute favorite thing. Do you want to see my lab?”

 

○I’m sorry, but who in the name of fuck talks like that??? If I ever spoke like that, I’d leave earth and go to Mars to die. Like, this girl is the smartest person in the entire world and she speaks like a fucking 4 year old, JESUS FUCK.

Like, just shhhh don’t open your mouth, thanks, you’re helping out the community a lot with your service of shutting the fuck up !!

○Okay now go find a hot human male body. Put all the organs and shit in it. Wait, don’t put a brain though otherwise we won’t be able to make our MC Caden !!! Make sure Caden’s vocabulary only consists of the word “frigging.” Now go get the same ingredients, but don’t put a personality and give this brain only FIVE brain cells! *POOF* it’s your own personal Dylan! Like, Jesus fuck, these characters are so fucking one dimensional and dull as fuck, like boi did your fucking personality fly out the fucking window or something??

○The romance is so…forced. It’s fucking cringy insta love and honestly??? it would have been great if there was no romance at all because I’m suffering from cringeitis now. There is no fucking development and they literally have don’t even get to know each other that well. Like, is this what love’s like when you’re high? Because WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?

Dylan: *climbs into Caden’s window for the first time*
Dylan: kiss me babeh
Caden: uh sure why not
*they do da smoochy smoochy*
Caden: I….I think I like you more than a friend, omg I think I’m falling in love….omg someone help me I’m falling…JESUS, I’M GONNA HIT THE BOTTOM SO FUCKING HARD, OH GOD STOP I’M FUCKING FALLING IN LOVE, FUCK. I’M FALLING SO HARD I’M GONNA FUCKING HIT THE BOTTOM SO FAST AND DIE.

no I didn’t exaggerate anything, stop looking at me like that.

○Wait, can we talk about that ending…..because fuck, it’s so unrealistic. Like, how the fuck can these four fucking kids overthrow a fucking entire organization that had been GOING ON for fucking ages, man, how the fuck even? They literally, overthrew it in 5 seconds??? Talk about unrealistic.

○And what the fuck was Dylan’s deal at the end? At one point he tells Caden he lied about liking him and he’s into girls only??? And then a year later, in the epilogue, THEYVATE FUCKING KISSING AND LYING TOGETHER AND ACTING LIKE A COUPLE AND FUCK WHaT EVEN HAPPENED? Did I miss something? (Well I probably did because I skimmed a lot in the end.)

Overall the best part about this book was when it ended.

Good of the bye.

Ahahahahahahah fuckin hell this book wasnt allowed to be a disappointment.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova: Review

Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

2/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, High Fantasy,

Series: Book 1 in the Air Awakens series

The Story:

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

My review:

You know what I actually had very high expectations from this one because everyone’s been praising this and the magic is like the last airbender. But of course, the universe hates me and nothing goes as I expected. Instead of an awesome high fantasy, I get a book filled with boring bullshit, whiny characters and an abusive and asshole of a love interest.

First of fucking all, the first 60 pages of this book had me confused as fuck. Someone told me this had a love triangle and I assumed it was between the two prince’s, Baldair and Aldrik. (ahahaha Bald Air, get it?? no? okay.) I was so confused as to which fucking prince Vhalla was referring to. Like, did she save Baldair or Aldrik? Which one of the prince’s did she meet in the library? Lmao, I spent 20 fucking minutes or something asking Maggie about this entire situation and confused her as well, so this book really didn’t start off well for me.

AND TO MAKE IT WORSE.

The asshole, abusive Aldick is introduced!!!!!! This guy grabbed Vhalla’s chin and roughly pulled her face up. She winced and she was scared to make a sound afraid Aldrik would get angry. Um, yeah goodbye, this guy can choke on a fireball. And wait, that’s not even the worst part yet. He. Pushes. Her. Off. The. Roof. He thought that she wouldn’t fall because of some SPOILER:magic Bond:SPOILER and I get his perspective, but that still doesn’t excuse the fact that Vhalla almost fucking died and he didn’t fucking care.

It sort of went like this:
Vhalla: *get pushed off a roof by Aldick, almost died and has broken bones all over*
Aldick: Lmao Vhalla you were so boring before I pushed you off a roof, but you’re much cooler now, lmao you’re welcome.

I don’t care what he went through and I do not give a single flying fuck if he “changes.” That shit does not excuse his gross behavior. Some people were even defending his abuse on my updates like, no, bye.

Their romance is so???? fucking cringe and petty, like??? girl, you do not need a fucking asshole like this in your life, please. You are much better without him.

And Vhalla is such a freaking cry baby. Can you stop crying about how miserable everything is??? and go fucking do something about it. Stop letting an asshole abuse and push you around. Stop crying and FUCKING DO SOMETHING. She was beyond annoying and petty.

The writing is really easy to read and I flew through this. I would like it if the magic and world building is a bit explained because it was very intriguing and I would love to read more about it.

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake: Review

How to Make a Wish

4.5/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, GLBT

Series: Standalone

The Story:

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

My review: 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Parental neglect and verbal abuse

You guys, I finally found a contemporary that I didn’t shred and roast to pieces! And I’m literally so happy right now. This book is a gem. It’s so diverse and precious, my god, I can’t stop hugging my copy of this book!! It’s so beautiful and I have the biggest smile on my face and akshajsdhjd I’m so emotional right now. I fucking binged this in less than 2 hours. And god, I want to read it all over again.

This book is so much more than a light, fluffy summer read. In fact, it’s nothing like that at all. This book *inhales book smell* is about a fucked up family relationship, love and finding the happiness you deserve in the world.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE DIVERSITY BECAUSE IT’S BLOODY BRILLIANT:

The main character, Grace is bisexual. She tackles and takes those threesome jokes down so smoothly. She doesn’t feel forced to “choose” a specific gender to be with. She doesn’t “come out.” She does what she wants to and doesn’t need to explain or find acceptance about her sexuality from anyone. It is so natural, I needed this!! Grace is such a strong character, I loved this girl.

The love interest, Eva is a biracial lesbian. She recently lost her mother and is grieving. She’s such a sweet, kind, caring and loving person. Ahhh, I literally wish I could hug these two characters, they are so fucking adorable..

Their romance is so !!! fucking !!!! ADORABLE !!!! I’m literally squealing.

“You and me,” I whisper, “we’re sandy spoons and fireworks, lighthouses and wishes and peanut butter.”

I loved the M/F friendship in this book. A friendship between a boy and girl that is NOT romanticized? This is so rare in YA books. Luca and Grace’s friendship is so wonderful. They are so supportive, loving, caring towards each other and THEY LITERALLY JUST HAVE A STRONG FRIENDSHIP THAT IS NOT ROMANTICIZED.

*Spoiler*

This book is such an emotional story about a very tough, abusive and neglectful relationship between a mother and daughter. Maggie was a very gross parent who had no care for her daughter’s well being. She would move Grace from place to place with new boyfriends and take a kid to bars to rescue the mom when she was being groped?? She always expected everything to be okay for Grace and never cared what happened to her. Maggie did whatever she wanted and expected Grace to be perfectly fine with it and I was just so mad at her. She would talk shit to Grace (i forgot what it was because i have bad memory) and I was so pissed at this freaking woman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

spoiler ends

Overall, you guys don’t know how bad I need y’all to read this. Please!!! go read this book, it’s a gem.

Odd & True by Cat Winters: Review

Odd & True

4.55/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Historical

Series: Standalone

The Story:

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

My review:

(Spoilers ahead)

This book was so weird and I mean that in the best way possible. It was bloody fantastic, I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This book was so refreshing, my god!!!!

This book is about sisters, devotion, and family. From what I’ve read it involves weird monsters, and a whole lot of crazy mind fuckery. Odd claims magc and monsters are true, while Tru is raised to believe they don’t exist and her sister is crazy.

Now what in the fuck is true??

This book starts out slow and boring, but around the 25% mark, I was hooked. It’s told in two perspective, the present and the past. The present told from Tru’s POV and the past from Odd’s POV. I, personally, enjoyed Odd’s POV the most. The present wasn’t nearly that exciting for me because I personally found Odd and Tru’s family history and build up to the present much more enjoyable.

I didn’t really like Tru that much and couldn’t care less for her POV. I honestly, didn’t enjoy the present story at all. She was a very underdeveloped and dull character. She literally has no personality AT ALL. So she was very boring. BUTT, I do love how she had a disability and she didn’t let herself be defined as the “crippled girl.” She doesn’t let her disability stop her from doing what she wants to do. I loved that about her.

Odd, on the other hand, was a very intriguing character. Everyone thought she was crazy and delusional for believing in fairy tales and monsters. She was very kind and loving towards her sister and would do anything to protect her. I loved the sibling relationship. These girls loved each other despite their fucked up family history and would die for each other. Anyways, I loved reading about Odd’s past. I loved how everything is revealed and it’s just very intriguing for me.

Overall, I freaking loved this, despite my issues. This book was such a surprise!

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This book will be released September 12th 2017.

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen: Review

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)

3.75/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Series: Book 1 in The Nyxia Triad

The Story:

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

My review:

Well, wow. This book was pretty amazing. If you’re a huge fan of SciFi, add this to your tbr because it’s literally so fucking awesome. I mean, The Hunger Games, but in space!!!! And god that ending??? I need the next book now, please.

This book is about 10 teens chosen to mine a mysterious substance, nyxia, on a newly discovered planet. Throughout the book, they are trained to fight and survive for the life on Eden. In exchange for helping Babel, their families are cared for, given tons of wealth and fame.

This book is filled with diversity. There are people from all over the world present in this book!!!

●Our MC Emmett is black.
●Kaya is Japanese.
●Bilal is Palestinian.
●Jazzy is American.
●Longwei is Asian.
●Azima is Kenyan.
●Isadora is Brazilian.
●Katsu is Japanese.
●Jaime is Swedish.

I loved all these characters. They were kind, funny, loving, caring and just amazing. (Except for a few assholes.)

The emphasis on family is so strong and amazing. Emmett had a beautiful relationship with hs parents, filled with love, care, loyalty and support.

The only problem I had with this book was that it was too slow for me. This is a slow paced book and takes its time and that left me a bit bored. I, personally, enjoy fast paced books, but if you love a slow build up, you’ll love this book.

Overall, despite the slow pacing, I loved it and I’m dying for the next book.

I got an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This will be released September 12, 2017.