Mini Review Recap (3)

Deciding to join ARC August was a good idea because the summertime has been slack-time for me and my reading habits so it’s nice to have a little incentive to push through my slump. That being said, I have some new books and comics I have mini reviews for!

Woohoo! Let’s get to it 📚


The Rose & the Dagger
Renee Ahdieh

This novel picked right back up after The Wrath & the Dawn which was great because I had recently read that so I didn’t feel like I had to stretch my mind and remember what had happened. The Rose & the Dagger had more of a magical element to it than the first in the duology. You get a good mix of characters but now that we’re spending most of the novel outside the palace’s walls, we get more interaction with Shazi’s family and friends. Khalid and Sharazad’s passion was my favorite and I did not stop getting irritated at Despina’s character. If you’re looking for a fun fantasy and feminine heroine to read, I’d recommend this duology to try out!


The Wicked + the Divine #20 & 21
Kieron Gillen, Illustrators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson

(film not included which was super cute btw) Laura is alive and she’s rounding up the crew and discussing about Ananke’s shadiness. Starting to piece parts of the story together and shedding light on what could possibly happen if Ananke gets her way, the group could be in more trouble. The art continues to be gorgeous and I think this story arc is ending so we’ll see where things go from here.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Victoria Schwab

I really liked this book for it’s inventiveness and interesting main characters. Bad girl Kate Harker meets up with August Flynn in a world that have humans and monsters semi-surviving in the world. August gave me the vibes of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward Cullen in Twilight–the monster who lives with remorse of the creature he happens to be. I really love the interactions between Kate and August and the trials they go through to survive. There’s drama, action, gore, and a friendship that breaks barriers. It’s an interesting spin on monsters and their powers and after I finished the book I found out there’s a sequel called Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2).

Paper Girls #7 & 8
Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Wilson, Cliff Chiang 

Things are really starting to move along with the series. The bridging of the 1980’s and present time is so cool! The girls from the past are starting to figure out some of their futures and realizing how different the world is 30+ years from when they were growing up. I can definitely see signs of Saga that trickle through, some of the other worldly creatures, but like WicDiv, the artwork is so great and the girls are a cool cast to follow. Cannot wait for more!


P.S. I Like You
Kasie West

GUYS! This book though! I have a tendency to read Kasie West’s books and literally fly through them–reading it in a day or so. P.S. I Like You is such a treat to read! It was an adorable and whimsical concept bringing back the original letter writing in a generation built upon digital conversation via texting and email. Kasie’s writing continues to shine––her last few titles haven’t hit home for me like this one but when I started reading P.S. I Love You, I could not put it down!

Even though it might be a bit of a stretch that Lily and her mystery pen pal at school don’t get caught by classmates and teacher, the story is super cute and Lily Abbott is charming. You get on her level with having the crazy family and feeling like she has a lot riding on her because she’s the middle of the Abbott family food chain. Best friend Isabel and her were a fun duo and then there’s Cade…. OH GOD I FELL FOR HIM INSTANTLY! It’s a cute story of self-discovery when it comes to friends and family as well as seeing people deep down and not who they appear to be.

SOOOO excited that the new Harry Potter script came out aka the eighth book recently! I haven’t started it yet and have sadly heard mixed reviews but I’m keeping an optimistic mind about where things are in the future world of wizards and witches!

Have you read any of these yet? Good/bad? – xoxo Linz aka the Kid

Mini Review Recap 2016 (2)

*waves* Soooooo…how has everyone been? I’m once again in a bit of a reading slump, a book here and there, but it’s not regular for some reason so I wanted to share some of the titles I’ve recently read: *edit…I wrote this back in May so, fair warning I’m just posting this late 😦


The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Maggie Stiefvater

Well after this novel had been delayed for a while and then my shipping mishap, I think I wanted to enjoy this last book in The Raven Cycle series, to milk what it was worth–which was worth a lot. From the past three novels we finally got some closure for our friends who live in Henrietta along with a little heartbreak as well as some self-discovery. Certain ships set sail…yes I think you know which ones I speak of, so much so I could pinch myself and well worth the wait. [I basically spelled that out for you so don’t nit-pick my literal misspell so throw me a bone here] I was really happy with the way the series ended although I think I would’ve liked to see a bit more of an epilogue and a few scenes could’ve used a little more backstory BUT overall I was really happy with the novel as a whole. A few new characters were my favorites and others finally started shining through which was a nice transformation to read for their group.

Now to go find some fanfic about a few of these ships I enjoy so much . . . . . .

The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years #4)
Tiffany Reisz

This book came out back in October of 2015 and once again Tiffany’s story works it’s magic and I find a way to get out of my reading slump and simply devour this novel in a day. WHICH IS AWFUL yet spectacular. I say this is awful because there might still be a handful of novellas I haven’t read yet and another story which is kind of a companion but that’s it. THE SERIES IS DONE. I’ve been on this journey of Original Sinners for EIGHT novels (and numerous novellas)! I have a long, sexy history with these characters and my gut simply ached as I finished it. All my favorites were spectacular and Tiffany always finds a way to give us the drama, heartache, passion, and intrigue placed in a beautifully wrapped up–tightly–gift which we open and are left in a most enjoyable sated state. Nora and her crew are well written and continue to shine. Again I implore anyone who is looking for an erotica series to pick up, Tiffany has you covered! She’s the best in person and online and I hope she continues to keep some ideas in her mind to write more about our favorites some day.

When We Collided
Emery Lord

Reading this book had me completely sucked in! The story was really easy to get into–new girl in town meets a quiet boy who’s very townie in a quaint …town. She meets me, flips his world upside down and in the process starts throwing her world upside down as well. While I flew through the book, my issue for this one is that the characters didn’t feel very established–certain ones. Vivi is the new girl in town and comes at you so fast. I definitely could figure out there must’ve been more to her past that she wasn’t sharing with the reader but she comes into other MC, Jonah, like a whirlwind and it just didn’t…the elements didn’t feel believable. I am the first one to admit, that’s usually how YA novels are–there’s a lot of unbelievable things that find their way into happening, but Vivi’s obsessing just never sat well with me even after I consumed the book in less than 24 hours. I did like the character development of Jonah and how there felt like a balance of his storyline but Vivian’s storyline and her character overall I just didn’t fall in love with. So far Emery’s stories go: Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, When We Collided.

Mini Review Recap 2016 (1)

I’ve been on a bit of a reading hiatus–more like I’ve started three or four books and can’t seem to finish a single one of them–so it’s been super hard for me to post. I also tried to look at this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic which involved “funny reads” annnnnnnd apparently I read the most depressing books ever! I kid you not, I could barely find enough for a top ten list…TEN! That’s not very many at all. Lovely.

SO.

I did realize I’ve read a few comics in the meantime so I wanted to give a review recap of those👍

Poe Dameron #1
Charles Soule, Phil Noto (Illustrator) 

If you saw my post earlier that was a Waiting on Wednesday edition, you’d see that I was really anticipating this comic to start. I pre-ordered the first three issues so far but the first issue really wasn’t as impressive as I had hoped. It *is* just a first issue so I’m willing to give until Issue #3 and determine whether to stick to volumes or maybe just stop until a better arc is created. The story opens before The Force Awakens starts, Poe getting word from General (Princess) Leia Organa that Poe might be able to find out more info on where Luke Skywalker is. He is to assemble a team and search for Lor San Tekka, aka Max von Sydow in the film, and then they can hopefully put the pieces together and help fight against the First Order. There’s a good mix of BB-8 and his team which were mostly flying around during the movie so this was cool to see the makings of the characters, but overall nothing that was super exciting.

*ALSO* I don’t read a lot of Marvel so I’m not sure if this is just their comic format/style, but I really despised an advertisement every like eight pages–so, SO distracting from Poe’s story. I do read Ms. Marvel but I read in volumes–even still, I don’t recall many ads until the end. I also don’t know if this wasn’t like a Star Wars issue too, not just a Marvel format. As someone who reads 98% Image Comics storylines I don’t really know how to tell. And I’ve read a good chunk of volumes and single issues but any kind of promotion for other comics are done at the end, they just jump right into the story.

Wicked + the Divine #18
Kieron Gillen, Illustrators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson 

A really good issue to come back to! The series took a little break, I think right before/after Christmas in 2015, so it was very fun to get back to things in this universe of Gods as pop stars. The illustrations continue to be flawless and I think with as many issues as released (currently I own all A-covers, I believe) I might want to re-read and consume it all again. Sometimes the waiting periods can take you out of the game–that’s why I really enjoy reading volumes but this series is my first so I’m more sentimental to what versions I own. So excited to see where things go because certain characters are back and there’s some mayhem that’s been started. Woohoo!

In the meantime….here are a few things I’m working on reading in between:

  • Star Wars: Before the Awakening . . . . semi-struggle maybe because I’m so used to the visuals of these stories but still REALLY interested on what happened pre-film timeline!
  • The Walking Dead season 6 ended a few weeks ago and I started having withdrawals and sorrow that I had never picked up the comics. Well there’s like a thousand to catch up on, so I ended up finding the first Compendium and read a good chunk read–about 12% which was a good start. Will try and own soon!
  • The Wrath & the Dawn . . . . . I recently just went back to this story and am now really hooked! I think I didn’t read far enough before I let my reading slump get the best of me. Review soon👍

  

Last Minute Reads -Mini Review Roundup

We’re nearing the end of 2015, getting ready for a new year meaning things are coming to a close, and I’m desperately trying to tie all my reading- figuratively- loose ends. 

For 2015 I decided since I read beyond my last two challenges I figured I’ll be on track to deliver the same results so I should give myself a bigger goal. That was an adorable thought but I find myself, in this last month of the year, seriously scrambling to read a lot in a short amount of time. 😉 It’s just a small challenge, and no one but myself will care if I can or cannot surpass it. The fact is it really has been bothering me, haha, so I’m trying to do all of the reading! Big books, small books, comics and graphic novels of all kinds will help me just reach that 75 Reading Challenge goal.

Yes, if you look at the last handful of books I’ve read, they’re mainly comics and they’re like the shortest ever 😉 but this year I’ve been in a huge slump so at least I’m still reading which is important. I’ll be doing a yearly recap towards the end of the month which I’ll address that diving into comics was on my list of things to read for 2015, so all the more reason why I have more listed within my challenge. With that, I give you my mini review update:

Mini Review #1:
The Hogwarts Library (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard)
J.K. Rowling – Newt Scamander, Kennilworthy Whisp


J.K. Rowling, again, delivers such a treat for Harry Potter fans to read. She continues to deliver creative realms throughout her magical world that make you feel like you’re reading real history. Quidditch Through the Ages is so fun and is a sports history guide that you’d find for American baseball or English football which is fascinating. The revolution of the sport, the description of teams and regions where reigning champions are from will bring back Goblet of Fire memories. Tales of Beedle the Bard was really enjoyable to read as a magical Hans Christian Andersen’s lore of sorts. Obviously channeling Deathly Hallows, hearing Hermione’s voice as she narrated the Three Brothers tale which was a real treat to finally see on paper. What’s interesting is that Fantastic Beasts is the latest Harry Potter book to film and it was my least favorite. There wasn’t anything fun about some of the terrifying creatures I know from real life, reimagined worse than my actual, literal nightmares. I’ll still see the film, duh, and Newt’s journey will be exciting I just have to make sure I close my eyes if he finds every single creature. Although let’s be clear–I’m here for the Phoenixes, Hippogriffs, and Dragons. Yes please.

Mini Review #2:
Saga #31
Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)


As a new fan of this series AND as a reader who started with volumes–that they flew through reading– the individual issues are a bittersweet torture I’m bestowing upon my soul. I liked this issue, I saw on Goodreads it had some mixed reviews like “that’s it?!” but issues are small, there’s a certain amount of progression, so to me it’s understandable if nothing was extremely groundbreaking in the return of this story. Maybe in previous issues more went on but I still loved reading about Hazel and her journey and I’m back to panicking again about where the characters are in the series. Cannot wait for more!
PSA: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SAGA WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???!!

Mini Review #3:
Truly, Madly, Famously (Famous in Love #2)
Rebecca Serle

We’re back in the Locked universe where the first film in the franchise seems to be a success but MC Paige is channeling her character’s August storyline in having feelings for both of her co-stars, Rainer and Jordan. It was a decent follow-up, quick read and the movie magic, or rather celebrity drama is always interesting to read. Behind-the-scenes continues and Paige is struggling to keep up with her work life, home life, and personal life while not to create unflattering headline news. I continue to be Team Jordan and got a few treats within the pages of Serle’s book two of the series. Can’t wait for the next!

Mini Review #4:
The Boy Most Likely To
Huntley Fitzpatrick

A companion of sorts to My Life Next Door, we’re back with the Garrett’s but this time we’re on a journey with Tim who was a fun, hot mess side character and friend of Sam from the original story. We’re seeing post-accident where Tim Mason is at, now that he’s trying to stay sober and out of the political realm. Alice Garrett, the eldest of the female Garrett siblings, is dealing with a lot of stress the family is now going through. The attraction at first seemed to come out of nowhere and developed into something deeper but Tim gets an unexpected surprise on his doorstep one day which in the long run helps him become the man he should have if he didn’t get mixed up in a crazy social life and an uncomfortable home life. I loved going back into this storyline though! The characters are all so fun to read, especially the Garrett kids, and in a way My Life Next Door carries on which is delightful to read!

Mini Review #5:
Paper Girls #3
Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matt Wilson (Illustrator)

The twists and turns in this new series from Vaughan and Chiang are really good–of course you’re always left at such a cliffhanger! The art continues to be awesome, you get some childhood throwbacks, and you have tons of drama! The group of girls continue to be badass and band together when most needed. Very interested to see where the story goes next.

 

If you want to catch up on more of what I’m reading, I’m on Goodreads! Feel free to add 😀

Mini Review Roundup Time – November Reads

This year I’m just in an overall struggle to keep focused and read. I have ample time but something’s just not there, but I’m trying I promise. Recently I checked how behind I was on my Goodreads challenge annnnnnnd, well it’s kinda bad considering it’s like a little over a month until Christmas…which is basically the end of the year which means I need to read 15 books in the meantime. HA! No big for someone who hasn’t been frustrated finding novels to keep my interest.

In the meantime, I posted an Instagram photo where I focused on three reads I wanted to push through so I could add them to my challenge total and I did it! WOOHOO! Let’s forget one was a comic volume, two comics, but one WAS a novel! And I started another novel, but I just can’t read fast enough. Anyway, here’s my progress and some mini reviews:

  • Earlier in the month I finished the YA horror anthology, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, which you can read my review and breakdown of the stories in the link: here.

Mini Review #1:
Paper Girls #2
Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matt Wilson (Illustrator)


The comic series is so new that there’s not much to tell but it’s definitely interesting and I’m absolutely in love with the artwork. I’m familiar and love Matt Wilson’s work on my fav The Wicked + The Divine so it’s a no-brainer that I still am drawn to it (no pun intended). This issue ends on a cliffhanger but I expect good things from it. Lots of mystery surrounding who these alien creatures are and where people in their town have disappeared to. Looking forward to seeing who else is still around and what the newspaper gals will do next.


Mini Review #2:
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed (Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!) #3)
G. Willow Wilson


Once again I love the direction this storyline is going. Kamala’s religion and growing up are on the forefront as opposed to just straight up superhero and superpowers that are typically shown in comics. Kamala has a boy in her life, one that seems too good to be true…enough she might want to spill the beans for. Her BFF, Bruno, continues to pine for Kamala and it’s so cute…friendzones suck, dude. And another appearance by a Marvel favorite, this time it’s Loki! Wish he had showed up to my high school when I was fighting crime back in the day 😉 The end of this volume had an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. issue and I was a bit confused because I hadn’t remembered in the previous volume if they had included something like this. Threw me for a loop but overall loving the storyline and where things are going.

Mini Review #3:
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Sabaa Tahir


Like I’ve stated earlier, I’m in such a slump when it comes to reading these days but somehow after I picked this one up I was sucked right in. The novel is a dual-POV with alternating chapters, between main characters Laia and Elias. Laia is a Scholar that is fighting to save her brother–the last bit of family she has from the Empire which has terrorized their land, by going undercover as a slave for the Resistance. Elias is the bastard son of the Commandant who raises the soldiers to help run and dominate the Empire. He is ready to desert but legends become real and Elias is faced to compete with friends and enemies to become the new Emperor and defeat one another in a series of trials as Aspirants. There’s some hardcore themes in this book for a YA level such as slave abuse, talk of raping, etc. which can set up a gruesome fantasy storyline like Game of Thrones-esque. Good backstory for each Elias and Laia, Elias already had a good set of morals on his shoulders so I didn’t feel there was a lot of development there but Laia really came through right up until the very last page.

Definitely worth checking out–so happy to learn there will be a book 2! I also wanted to leave my favorite quote from the novel that really hit home for what’s going on with me and my life:


Mini Review #4:
The Wicked + The Divine #16 (The Wicked + The Divine)
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson


Once more the WicDiv team brings it, getting some backstory on the Morrigan, and looking at what Baal decides to do. The Morrigan has such different sides of her that come out, such as split personality, which are beautifully drawn. Every issue I gobble up and can’t wait for the next. I think soon I’m going to re-read them all so I can go back and relive and refresh everyone.

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As someone who’s looking for a confidence boost not only as a female but also as a working professional, I’m 20% in to this book and really enjoying it. I understood some of these ideas and practices before because I’m very in-tune with reading headline stories about how as women, we think we’ve gotten so far, but it’s still just not enough. It’s definitely interesting and gives good insight to Sheryl’s life and struggles within the corporate world, getting herself to be successful not only with going up against females but the males who dominate it all.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys | Anthology Review

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys | Available for Purchase: Amazon.com « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke – Editor and Contributor
Publisher: Dial Books, a Penguin Books affiliate
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Pages: 385, hardcover
Received Copy: Hardback, personal library

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.


Really did love this anthology. I’ve said this before I don’t nearly read enough thriller/horror/suspense as I should, considering I have no problem watching it regularly. Some of the stories I felt were a little gruesome crimes afflicting females, this was just something I picked up that there’s was a bit rough to read. The stories vary and cover an array of horror topics such as: exes coming back to haunt you, ghosts, killers, zombies, paranoia, supernatural, etc. Overall I definitely would recommend others reading–one of my favorite things about this anthology is that after each story ends, the bottom of the page has the authors influences written so you can reference what it’s from!! I want to include all of my mini reviews I posted to my Goodreads account where I broke down each story for the anthology.

In order of appearance:

The Birds of Azalea Street – Nova Ren Suma’s story was so disturbing. I’ve felt that feeling before, when you’re convinced someone supposed friendly has a creepy, dark side you hope to never explore. A little too realistic until the end but liked this!

In the Forest Dark and Deep – Carrie Ryan’s twist on a classic meets modern day was pretty good.

Emmeline – Cat Winters story was interesting, a hauntingly beautiful one. I like the elements she pulled in to create the story

Verse Chorus Verse – Meh on Leigh Bardugo’s story. I don’t know, it didn’t grab me

Hide-and-Seek – Megan Shepherd’s story was really fun and action packed! Definitely liked this a lot

The Dark, Scary Parts and All – Interesting spin in Danielle Paige’s story. And note: even though they’re in current pop culture, any sort of literature should never remember the Kardashian’s–more than once referenced was much too much for me thanks

The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh – Obviously April Tucholke’s story is my fav so far. IKWYDLS is my all time favorite ❤

Fat Girl With a Knife – I do enjoy a good zed story but Jonathan Maberry’s was kinda meh

Sleepless – Oh my god! Jay Kristoff’s Sleepless was SO GOOD!! Very Hard Candy meets Psycho *claps*

M – The Stefan Bachmann story was interesting…the element of removing one of the five senses works great building suspense

The Girl Without a Face – Damn Marie Lu’s story was all too real. Creepy & disturbing

A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow – McCormick Templeman’s story reminded me of a Lore episode. Interesting twist

Stitches – Eek–A.G. Howard’s story was gruesome

On the I-5 – Kendare Blake’s story was slightly confusing bc I didn’t know which way the MC was going but pretty good!

Mini Review Roundup Time – September Reads

Sometimes I tend to read consecutive novels and I don’t get time to do a thorough review but I still want to share my overall thoughts with you whether I liked the book or not!

Mini Review #1:
The Assassin’s Blade (The Throne of Glass novellas)
Sarah J. Maas


I enjoyed this a lot! I actually am out of the norm when it comes to the Throne of Glass series whereas I love the first novels more so than her her newest additions to the series. I can’t help it but, there just something about learning Celaena’s past and her training and what shaped her into becoming who she was destined to be is fun and Sarah does an excellent job with that. Plus…Sam…<3 sigh. The book contains five novellas that easily can be considered a whole novel in itself! They all flow perfectly and they are very close together time-wise, even bringing you up to speed when one starts Throne of Glass book 1. Interestingly enough, either I just picked up on more details because I read it close to Queen of Shadows or it’s just there, but there was a lot mentioned in TAB that helped piece together things in Queen of Shadows. I didn’t do that (read TAB) on purpose close to the release but it was helpful. Definitely loved this!

Mini Review #2: SEMI-SPOILER-ISH . . . . . YOU’VE BEEN WARNED
Queen of Shadows (A Throne of Glass novel #4)
Sarah J. Maas


Well overall I did like it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it enough that I will most definitely continue the series but I just wasn’t head over heels in love. Aelin, aka Celaena, is really coming into her own and embracing her birthright. She faces many challenges as the kingdom is living in constant fear and there is death and destruction all around them. I wasn’t happy that Rowan came into the picture as soon as he did in this novel, I thought the audience would wait a while since Aelin had just returned to Adarlan and some of the actions and big reveals felt a bit rushed for my taste. Some of my favorite key characters stayed strong, a few surprised me, and some took a turn, not for the better ,and that was disappointing character development. I do really love the series but I’ve put this one up on a pedestal which is why my expectations aren’t matching what I’m reading.

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Mini Review #3:
Saga, Volume 1
Brian K. Vaughan | Fiona Staples


This is…I’m not sure what exactly it is, but I loved reading it and I’m annoyed that I haven’t bought volumes 2-5 yet! Now I’m still super new to the comic and graphic novel world but I’m continuing to branch myself out and have heard nothing but great things about Saga. It captivated me from page 1, literally the main characters are getting ready for their baby to be born and the father helps deliver, I can’t stress how this comic went right there from the beginning, LOL! But it’s so refreshing and really well done. Two soldiers from opposing planets, planets that are in a galactic war with one another, have fallen in love. After soldiers Alana and Marko get married and give birth to their child, they’re on a race to stay alive for each other and for their baby but all sides wants to have them taken out. I can’t wait to continue and see where the story goes next!

Mini Review #4:
Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon


LOVED THIS BOOK! I flew through this! Maddy is a seventeen year old who has a rare disease that basically leaves her allergic to everything. She hasn’t left the house since she was an infant and until a cute and mysterious guy named Olly moves in with his family next door does Maddy feel like she’s really missing out on life. She’s had to make do, lived a mostly content life with her mother and nurse who watch over her. Olly rolls into town and Maddy can finally breathe for the first time, becoming this risk-taker, a girl who loves, a girl who decides it’s about time she finds herself. Olly and Maddy’s connection and friendship built into a relationship leaving you with smiles, those hearts in your eyes a la Snapchat lenses! A page turner that had fun anecdotes from Maddy as well as all sorts of drawings and chats, giving the book a more interactive look into Maddy’s life. LOVE!

Mini Review #5:
Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University #1)
Dahila Adler


According to Goodreads, I started this book back in April of this year. I know I hit a reading slump in June-July, and I think I read like five books in a row in March into April but this was one book I punked out on. I remember picking up so many titles I had on my highly anticipated list that nothing was sticking. It was time to crack open my Kindle again because LWaT was my book club’s pick and am SOOOO glad I finally got back into it! (when I started the book I was only 1% in, so I wasn’t far at all)

I almost read this in an entire sitting! This NA was engrossing and interesting read because MC Lizzie Brandt has just learned that her parents were killed in an accident and now she’s got sole custody of her two younger brothers until a decision is made further down the line. Literally when Lizzie finds out the news of her parents she’s in quite the awkward position as she was in the middle of extra curricular activities. Such activities as a side piece in a frat boy’s quest to cheat which later comes back to bite her…and not in the way you’re thinking. Frat boy’s ex is Regina George x10,000 and several times I wanted to punch my Kindle I was so furious at this mean girl behavior. Throughout all this we have Lizzie going from college girl to inexperienced parent overnight and things get overwhelming and tough on her. Lizzie’s inner monologue is so fun and especially her thoughts about TA Connor Lawson who might be more than just her TA later on 😉 The story really flowed and I was able to keep up with all the character developments. I couldn’t be more excited to read the next novel in the Radleigh University series! Seriously tho, Connor is swoony…get on board reading this, great NA pick!