DNF: August and Everything After

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Title: August and Everything After

Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Pages: 320

DNF at page: 83

Synopsis: A girl goes off to the shore to stay with her aunt for the summer. She’ll be a senior next year, and graduating, moving on with life. But she has no idea what to do with the rest of her life, let alone after graduation. She meets a musician at the beach, who is in somewhat of the same boat.

My Thoughts: I had to go look up the synopsis of this book. Of what I did read, I still couldn’t even think of single thing that happened…but for there was music involved. I’m not big on the music scene/musician plots, and it’s hard for me to get into this book. I made the mistake of looking at some other reviews, and heard that it’s pretty fast instalove, and those 2 combined I just couldn’t keep interested. I didn’t get very far before I found I hadn’t picked the book up in a week, nor could I remember anything I read.

I appreciate the chance to review this ARC copy from NetGalley.

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Book Review: Cascading Petals *Trigger Warnings*

CPTitle: Cascading Petals

Author: Jane C. Brady

Genre: YA? Romance

Release Date: December 7, 2017

Pages: 259

My Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: A senior in high school is a loner, bullied all her years of school. She has no friends, and no allies to turn to. The new boy proves not to be so shallow, and they become friends, showing Jewel that she is not alone, and even strong enough to help others that feel they’re in the same kind of place.

My Thoughts: By the end, I really loved this book. It took a bit at first to be hooked. I felt, at the beginning, that the situation we are dropped into, with a senior in high school being so severely bullied, for seemingly no reason, was a bit unrealistic.

Jewel is constantly bullied all her years of school. This is despite her being beautiful, smart, and coming from a good, healthy family, and a large enough school, that not everyone knows everyone else. In small schools, I can *maybe* see a situation like this (at the start of the book, Jewel’s status in school) happening, but I feel it’s very unlikely. There’s seemingly NO reason for anyone to not like this girl! She’s written this way purely to make the plot work. After the first quarter to third of the book, the cheesiness and unrealistic details are finally not so prominent, and it gets much better.

One thing that irks me a bit is this “insta friend/love-ship” desire. The new boy initially runs into her at a coffee shop by accidentally grabbing her coffee, instead of his own, and taking a drink of it. He immediately apologizes, buys her a new one, and while waiting, he asks a total of 4 questions, 2 of which concerned the coffee. The other 2 were about if she went to the local high school, and if he’d see her around later. All of which she was very stand offish, and answered with short, one word answers, and left. Anyone else would have written it completely off and figured nothing of it, but for some reason, he’s *enthralled with this gorgeous girl* and can’t stop thinking of her. Pah-lease. AND THEN, the barista just informs this random stranger of her full name!!! On the first day of school, when they run into each other, they make easy, joking conversation like they’re friends already. They just come into that easy friendship way too easily and quickly for reality. And I don’t know why, but I did not like it at all. ANYways…

There are **MAJOR TRIGGERS** for bullying and suicide, also a little self harm.

For my minimal knowledge in such subjects, I feel like this book does a really good job of showing how bullying can affect teenagers, and how that alone, just words or direct injury, can lead someone to committing suicide. It also covers, at least a little bit, how suicide is a selfish thing that doesn’t consider the pain of those on the outside goes through, afterwards.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for free, in exchange for an honest review.

I Am a New Net Galley Arc Reviewer!

I recently joined NetGalley. I’m not sure why I waited so long, but decided to join last week.

Then, since I wasn’t sure how things worked…like, how long it took to get the books, or if I’d even be accepted of my requests…I went and requested about, 6 or 7 books? A few already released, and some E-ARCs. So, now I have 4 books to read from NetGalley! At least, 2 of them have a few months til their release, 2 of them have already been released.

AND, unrelated, but I went and grabbed like, 5 books from the library. WHY? I don’t know. It’s not like I don’t have a bajillion books on my shelves to read!! I even had my FB friends pick out 3 (from my shelves) for me to read, plus bought at least 3 new releases so far THIS MONTH. I do not need library books! But I take the kids, and these books just jump out at me from the shelves. *sigh* And now I added ARCs with reading deadlines.

HEY. I’M SMART! haha

Soooo, anyways. Any tips/tricks/things I should know about requesting/receiving E-ARCs from NetGalley for review? Please let me know!

Book Review: Unblemished

28449231Title: Unblemished

Author: Sara Ella

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Book in Series: 1 of 2

Pages: 369

My Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis:
Eliyana has a large birth mark on her face, which has always gotten her ridiculed. But she is lost when the one person her who cares about her is recently lost. But that’s only the beginning of finding out who she really is, and what this large birthmark really means. Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known, in another reflection of NYC, with all kinds of different people, places, and problems.

My Thoughts:
FINALLY. I have finally finished this book. It took me a whole month. I was pretty busy for a good portion, and so have been reading just a few pages each day. But that is also because this story just did not GRAB me and hook me in. I did want to finish it and see how it ended, but was wishing it to just be over already. I enjoyed the feel of the book, and I actually enjoyed the character named Ky quite a bit more than I thought I should. Eliyana’s focus on her mother was rather quite annoying, which makes me feel bad, as I can also understand it. And the writing was alright, I wouldn’t say special, but it was a bit different and refreshing to read. However, the story was a bit confusing, and maybe that’s another reason why I wasn’t hooked in. There is so so much to take in, so many details, and characters, and sides, and explanations, I just couldn’t keep it all straight. And I finally just had to resort myself to know that I was just gonna have to be confused. Even by the end, I didn’t quite have it all straight, but it did not deter the ending from completing itself, and understand, the majority, of what was going on. I rated this 2.5 stars. I wanted to give it a 3, but how confusing it was brought it down a half star for me. I thank Sara for sending me this ARC copy of her first novel! I have not read a lot of fantasy, but thought this would be a good one to try out. Definitely an interesting world.