Leah on the Offbeat – Is really Offbeat

 

Leah on the offbeat

Series: Creakwood #2

Publication date : April 24th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Balzer + Bray | Harpercollins

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 343

Synopsis : Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. Continue reading

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Of Fire and Stars & Every Heart a Doorway – Fantasy books that flopped hard and fast

Of fire and stars & Every heart a doorway

I listened to both of these as audiobooks while driving around so I didn’t take notes, hence why these reviews are just *mini* and not my usual full length.

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An Enchantement of Ravens – Cool premise, good writing… but not much else

 

An Enchantement of Ravens

Publication date : September 26th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 300

Synopsis : Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. Continue reading

27 Hours – Queer babies take over space … but colonialism

27 Hours

Series : The Nightside Saga #1

Publication date : October 3rd, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Entangled Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 404

Synopsis : Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left. (From Goodreads)

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The Inexplicable Logic of my Life – A Meaningful Story turned Hurtful and Offensive

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Publication date : March 7th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Clarion Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 464

Synopsis : Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Rating: 2 stars

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*I received an Arc of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault – Successive Deaths.

(All Spoilers are hidden)

Oh boy I’m mad. When I first started reading the book it felt like I was finding a new favorite, I knew that I was going to be giving it a 5 star rating, but as you can see that didn’t happen. The Inexplicable Logic of my life took all the wrong turns when they could’ve been avoided, it was problematic, hurtful and ruined a story that could’ve been amazing otherwise. And I’m disappointed in the author. And sad. So prepare yourselves for one of my rants. It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

The writing is good, beautiful even, it’s Benjamin Alire Saenz so what else can you expect? The prose is lyrical and that’s what saddens me. ALL THE WASTED POTENTIAL. The beauty of it was ruined by a whole bunch of offensive sentences that played on bad stereotypes. Especially when it comes to the gay representation. I lost count of how many times I cringed because the author used sentences like “For a gay guy, my dad was pretty straight”, “That’s so gay”, and “You ARE gay” referring to a gay character that chose a cute dress for his friend.

Last but not least, the all so overused ableism like “Emotional Anorexic” and “Schizophrenic dork”. The only thing that comes to mind when I think of all this mess is WHY? These sentences can easily be deleted and it wouldn’t change anything to the core of the story.

I’ve read around that the book has no plot which in a sense is true, but it’s a character driven story, focusing on the growth of the main character and his close entourage, so I didn’t mind that, I actually liked it. It is about family, friendship, grief and love in all of its forms, I liked how it put emphasize on how love is expressed differently by different people. The characters all had separates plotlines -or journeys- of their own that explored them as individuals and made them ultimately grow, even the secondary characters.

Now onto the part of it that enraged me. This is about how the sexual assault scene was handled and I’ll be blanking it for multiple reasons. Sam who is the main character’s bestfriend was dating this guy that wanted to rape her but she managed to escape and call Salvador (the MC) who came to the rescue. All is good. He often thinks about beating him up. All is good. When he finds her talking to the rapist -and the guy apologizing- he’s about to do it but she slaps him. What I have a problem with here isn’t the fact that she slapped him, because she did it for him not for the rapist. But why was she talking to him in the first place? Why was she listening to what he had to say? What he did was sexual assault and no apology can make it alright, and it’s wrong to make people believe anything else. But the WORST, is how it’s dealt with for the rest of the book. Or how it’s NOT dealt with. The author never calls it what it is -rape, sexual assault- he kept saying that he tried to hurt her. For 1, he DID hurt her. For 2, THAT WAS SEXUAL ASSAULT, saying the words won’t kill you.

Salvador, the main character, is a very sweet guy, but a very lost one. He starts having these urges to punch people who hurt him or the people he cares about and he doesn’t know where they come from. His relationship with his bestfriend is the softest friendship ever with cute banter.

But Sam, oh Sam! She has some really good qualities, she’s very caring, and a smart-ass witty girl but as all the good things in this book, she was ruined. The author tried so hard to make her “not like other girls” (which I hate) that here again he played on some really wrong stereotypes. She was made to be this girl who calls other girls bitches, didn’t befriend them and didn’t respect other people’s privacy, being very pushy and invasive at times. Oh there’s also the all so famous “One thing about Sam is that she didn’t throw like a girl”. Someone tell me what throwing like a girl looks like, because I sure don’t know. Lord have mercy.

Vicente -the dad- would be, if this book wasn’t so problematic, my favorite parental figure in YA. He’s such a gentle wise man who’s so generous and knows how to be the kids’ friend while still being the dad and having them not cross boundaries. I also liked how the family was so close knitted. It just felt real and authentic.

I think that’s it for this review. I’ve talked about it all. To be honest, I’m very frustrated with this book, because it’s wasted when it could’ve been beautiful. It honestly doesn’t feel like Ari & Dante and The Inexplicable Logic of my Life were written by the same author. Just because of how unproblematic and representative (the words of people who are represented in that book) the first was and how messy and hurtful this one is.


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Did you read The Inexplicable Logic of My Life? If so, what did you think?

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The Movie Version – Misleading blurbs should be a Crime

Emma Wunsch - The Movie Version

Title : The Movie Version 

Author : Emma Wunsch

Publication date : October 11th 2016

Publisher : Amulet Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Synopsis : In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons.

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.

Rating: 2 stars

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 “- What’s the movie version?

– It’s the better vesrsion”

*I was provided an e-Arc of this book by the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

What I was led to believe -and actually believed- and what this book actually was are 2 things on different ends of a spectrum, which in this case was a big issue. When I read the blurb for this book and requested it I expected to read a fun, cute contemporary with a strong sibling bond as well as a little romance maybe? What I got was a book about mental illness. And not the kind I like.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind reading about mental illness, I even like books tackling the matter when they’re done right but the problem with this book is that it wasn’t announced. Some people may want to steer clear from these books because of their own reasons and they have the right to a heads up. Now that this is out of the way, let’s start the actual review.

I really liked the writing style. It is simple and easy to follow. It might not be to everyone’s taste but I appreciated how different it is. It is blunt and explicit, everything is just put the way is actually is. You know how in most YAs sex scenes are brushed over or are written in this overly romanticized way (especially first times)? Well this is not like that. At all. I know some people might say that this is YA so it shouldn’t be like that but let’s be honest every young adult now knows how these things go and this actually shows sex as something that can be awkward and it doesn’t always work out the way it’s imagined to be, and I want to thank the author for that. I also liked how many movie references were included in the book, they were EVERYWHERE and even though I didn’t get some of them, I enjoyed them nonetheless.

Sadly, this was one of the only things I liked. The story in itself made me cringe endless amounts of times and it was very depressing. Though, not because of the mental illness itself, it was because of the Main character’s outlook on things. Her reaction to her brother -Toby-‘s diagnosis is basically everything I wouldn’t want to see in a book, nor in real life for that matter. Amelia’s initial shock was to be expected and understood but then it dragged on forever and she was so fatalistic about it that it truly felt like the guy had died. Add to that the fact that the romance was weird and had no real chemistry, it felt like it had no business being there, I would’ve liked it better if there was no love interest. This book was sadly not for me.

Amelia is as dull as a main character as they come, she was passive and lacked personality and reading from her voice often felt gloomy and boring, I didn’t like her right off the bat but when she turned selfish, self-centered and ASHAMED I just couldn’t stand her, she was actually embarrassed of how her brother’s illness affected him and kept saying over and over again “I wish people knew how cool he was before” and she also endangered him many times making excuses for herself and actually BELIEVING that she was “protecting” him.

What bothered me even more is that once the diagnosis was made all Toby was defined as is mentally ill (I won’t say what the illness is because it may be considered a spoiler). He wasn’t this fun, cool guy who’s mental illness made things difficult for him. No. He was this ill person that once was all those things. And that, my friends, is wrong.

The other aspect of this book I really enjoyed is the family. It felt real, I liked how close they were (especially Amelia and Toby before) and how they loved each other deeply but could be at each other’s throats as easily. I loved the little twin brothers a little more than the rest because they were these two innocent tornados that actually made me smile more than ones with their fights and all.

All in all, this wasn’t a book for me because I felt like it dealt with mental illness in all the wrong ways.


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Me Before You – A red Dress, bumble bee ties and living life to the fullest

Jojo Moyes - Me Before YouTitle : Me Before You (Me Before You #1)

Author : Jojo Moyes

Publication date : December 31st 2012

Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books

Genre : Contemporary

Synopsis : Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
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Rating : 2 stars

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“I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual. I wanted to press every bit of me against him. I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to live.”

(No spoilers)

Review Edit (January 2017):

Throughout the year, I got more involved in the Twitter Book Community and as I started learning about accurate representation in books, this one came up more than once when talking about problematicness. Me Before You is an extremely ableist book and has hurt most -not to say all- disabled people in the community who have read it. It is a book that perpetuates stereotypes and harmful thinking like how a disability ends a person’s lifeand that death is a better alternative as well as the fact that it is using a disabled man’s life and experiences as a plot device and a wake up call for the main character to get her life together.

I know that some people do feel the way Will feels in the book but it was a mean to an end which isn’t acceptable especially when written by an able-bodied woman. I am not the best person to talk about this because I didn’t recognize the problems when I first read the book but for more in depth reviews from people who actually know what they are talking about, here are some links: (1) – (2)(3)


This book was nothing like I expected which was for the best, as what I got was better. Don’t get me wrong ! I knew it was going to be heartbreaking, because like everyone else who’s reading it right now, I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie and I got them feels ! But I expected a romance, and for it to be the main focus but that’s not what Me Before You is. It is about a beautiful friendship, hope (And it, being crushed eventually *sobs*) , family, depression and a lot more.

Let’s start as always with the writing. It is beautiful, really, just up my alley, the kind of word use I love to pieces, it is kind of poetic and funny at the same time. It is very british though, which was a bit of a problem to me at the beginning because, first, English is NOT my mother tongue and second, I’m kind of used to the more American style, if that makes any sense so I had to go look for the meaning of quite a few words and that was hella annoying, but a few chapters in, I picked up the slang and it became way easier to read and quicker to get through.

Onto the story now. In my opinion, if you’re looking for a romance, this is not the book for you, because that doesn’t happen for most of it, it is more about the journey leading to two completely different people – who wouldn’t have met otherwise- falling in love and most of all realizing it, with all the hardships, the joys and despairs. It deals with sensible subjects but mainly Eutanasia which is a pretty heavy matter and that, without all the taboos surrounding it, it was there, everywhere but it wasn’t thrown at me. On a lighter note, Moyes’ attention to detail is incredible if you ask me, those little everyday things that she adds help immensely with the realism of the novel and I honestly found myself smiling widely at a lot of things that are irrelevant to the story but add so much to it as a whole. For exemple, there was a neighbors’ fight with the husband cheating, the wife throwing clothes out the door and everything, it was hilarious. One last thing that made a difference to me is a chapter from Nathan‘s point of you. Nathan is Will’s carer and through his eyes we can see Lou and Will’s interactions, the little things that none of them pay attention to.

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The book is written in the first person from Lou’s point of view. Lou is so funny, optimistic and sometimes a tiny bit naive but I really liked her. She’s a caring, smart person but she lacked ambition for most of the story, she just settle for anything and everything. With her career, with her boyfriend -whom I hated, and with her life in general. That’s where Will comes in.

Will is the typical wealthy ex-bachelor who led a luxurious life that’s now diminished to next to nothing. He’s snarky, intelligent and mean. Though, as Lou breaks his shell he turns out to be very vulnerable, funny and thoughtful. As we see their friendship unfold, she stops tiptoeing around him like everybody else does and says things as they are, he starts motivating her,  challenging her because he wants her to live to her fullest potential and I really loved that about him.

As much as I loved this book, I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel (Me After You). I think it’s unnecessary, Lou’s life updates could’ve been left to the reader’s imagination and we would’ve been just fine.


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